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Steve Goodwin

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  1. ... and it's also going to depend on the age of the voicer. We all suffer from age-related hearing degradation even if we don't need a hearing aid so the same pipe is likely to sound different to a 40 year old or a 60 year old organ builder. Steve
  2. Thank YOU, Colin, for starting this thread. It's made me realise that there might be something that can be done! Steve
  3. Be interested to know what make/model you are using! Steve
  4. Interesting, because I got my first (NHS) hearing aid about 3 months ago. (I'm 69) The tests showed the usual age-related drop off in high frequency abilities. As others have said, there is no doubt it improves my ability to hear what people are saying. However I find it a significant detriment to hearing music. When I'm playing or listening to music, everything seems to have a 'sharp edge' to it. Almost like a high pitched 'edge of distortion' on top of everything. They said they would contact me to see how I was getting on and when they do, I'll certainly discus this. No one mentioned 'music' settings but to be fair, I never thought about it so never mentioned music! No idea if it's true but the audiologist said that expensive, private aids undoubtedly had many more bells and whistles but that their acoustic properties were not significantly different. Steve
  5. I can second this - excellent book.
  6. Huge amounts of water being sprayed into the towers which doesn't bode well ☹️
  7. Live on France24.... https://www.france24.com/en/live
  8. My first ever RSCM diocesan choirs festival was conducted by him - 1966, St Albans!
  9. Endorsing what others have said, when I was in my teens in the 60's, I approached my local largish parish church who had a very nice 3 manual to ask if I could practice there. The response from the organist was that it was reserved for 'his pupils only'. Visiting the church for a service 40 years later and enquiring if I might try it afterwards, I received the same response from the same organist! To be fair, three other local churches (2 Anglican and one Free Church - all with small organs) were more than happy to let me play. I think I paid 2/6d an hour! SG
  10. I really don't think that's true. As has been discussed above, there is much, much more to the choice than just 'caring about music'.
  11. I've been organist of a small parish church for 30 years and it is currently debatable whether me or the organ will fall apart first. 15 years ago, our then organ tuner said to me 'This is the last pipe organ you'll have here' and I suspect he's right. There's no doubt that 99% of our congregation would be unable to tell the difference. Particularly as ours is already a hybrid 13 (excellent) digital stops added in 2002 to the original 16 pipe stops. I think it is right that much will come down to finance. It's much easier to find the capital cost of an electronic than of a pipe organ - even if it comes up more often. We all know that a pipe organ will last much longer but, given the way our congregation is shrinking, whose to say that the church will even be there in 30 years time? It will be different in churches with a higher level of musical tradition, or historic organs, (or more money!) but for the small parish church I think it will become ever more difficult to justify a pipe organ.
  12. 'Pipe organ building firms' (without the quotes) does bring up a lot of pointers to suppliers including via Wikpedia and IBOB. I don't think this is peculiar to organ builders. I suspect suppliers of very high value bespoke items are less likely to sell over the internet. Yes, they need a presence but their sales are probably less related to general web advertising.
  13. "Messy Church" has been going on for years in our church but it's not a 'service'. It's more of a couple of hours of activities for kids that takes place in church once a month. Doesn't involve any music. Seems very popular. Steve
  14. I agree totally with Colin. I too have had about 30 years of playing at my local church and have had my fair share of c--k-ups - although probably no more than those caused by clergy, servers, sidesmen and all the rest. We're not a cathedral, we're a group of amateurs in a small parish church. We always do our best but, as you say, mistakes happen. Most congregations are understanding and accepting. Steve
  15. ... or for something completely different, Paul Ayres Toccata on 'All you need is love' http://paulayres.co.uk/catalogue/243.html Steve
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