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  1. It’s piano for me though. I make no apologies at all, I prefer the sound and EQ every time. The HIPP movement passed me by many years ago without any lasting influence.
  2. What terrible news. I’m sure we’ve all had an interesting conversation with David on this forum and I myself spent a very informative evening at the H&H in Christ Church Skipton four years ago when he was over in the UK for a family occasion. He relished the instrument and rather put me on the spot when he asked me to ‘play something’ as he wandered around listening intently to the organ. I needn’t have worried, he was very complementary and I left with my nerves intact. A sad loss and a very friendly, interested and well-connected musician.
  3. Good for him - I’d suggest it’s perfectly in order for him to turn down any request to record any public recitals. This seems to be, or at least was, particularly common a few years back when I attended a few recitals in the north with, on occasion, more than one set of devices recording the concerts. Whether or not permission had been sought (and, I know it hadn’t in more than one case) I found it a very off- putting practice. This simply wouldn’t happen in, say, the Wigmore Hall or the RFH so why should it be considered acceptable at organ recitals. It appeared to me that it was nothing more than some sort of trophy-hunting and very disrespectful to the performer (and, I’m assuming, in clear breach of intellectual property rights).
  4. Might I suggest this excellent book as possible holiday reading on far flung beaches? I’m on my second read through and it’s no less riveting than the first time. The link below is not a buying plug, it’s available from all sorts of outlets including the Brazilian bank-robbers...... As many on here also look after and nurture choirs it’s a fascinating history, written by someone with extensive knowledge of recordings from way back. The synopsis should whet your appetites. Very heartily recommended and it sweeps all kinds of misconceptions and myths firmly under the carpet. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/309/309388/i-saw-eternity-the-other-night/9780241352182.html
  5. You’re not kidding anyone Vox! I’m completely in agreement with this and I see no real reason why organists should not play from memory. It frees the performance, you don’t need a page turner, it looks much more professional. There’s everything to gain. I wouldn’t expect it in the daily offices of course but a public recital, well that would most certainly raise the status.
  6. ‘6 manuals is just an absurdity for so few pipes, and if that translates into (61 X 6) + 32 = 398, it means that there are just 4.1 pipes per available note.’ I’m not sure that the 6 manuals are just for this new choir organ MM! Looking at the Klais site the new console. also controls the west gallery Marcussen organ and a couple of other divisions (Altar and something else). https://www.klais.de/m.php?tx=225
  7. That looks like the inside of St Saviour’s, Richmond Hill, Leeds - beautiful church interior and it should sound excellent in there.
  8. ‘The conversion of the Cranleigh instrument to equal temperament was a travesty and a significant loss to the musical world.’ Really? I’m sure there must have been sound reasons for this change. I might here recall an experience with this temperament switch and why it sometimes has to be done. Some years ago when in Braunau,Austria, I had a few hours on a fantastic Metzler instrument. As you may know Metzler specialise in historic reconstructions and this instrument was probably the finest thing I’ve ever played. No playing aids, straight pedalboard and you could hardly reach the stops. I got chatting to the Kantor and, surprise surprise, he’d requested a complete retune to ET! They’d had to use an electronic organ for the holy hymns, it was that bad. He said it was almost unusable beforehand save for arcane early German stuff in about 4 keys. I think that Metzler were a bit miffed about it all really but it was outstandingly good, the most beautiful flutes and the principal chorus was stunning. His main point was that it was in a working church and not a museum, I think he had a perfectly reasonable point and I’m sure that neither he or I would consider it a travesty.
  9. I’m not, no. Maybe something I can’t really appreciate, in the same way that HIPP does absolutely nothing at all for me (but let’s steer well clear of that debate please!). It’s a question of taste and personal preference and maybe I lack a bit of the former and made bad choices in the latter but that’s how it is and I see no reason to be persuaded otherwise. There is most certainly a great deal of learning and research into both topics and I’d be the last one to attempt to stifle or repudiate any of this scholarship. It remains up to the listener, in the end, to decide what is or is not to their own preference.
  10. You are not alone Zimbelstern! Whilst this is a very interesting and illuminating discussion here I have no interest at all in the actual sound of other temperaments. Each to their own of course and by all means keep up the debate but I thought I’d let Zimbelstern know he has allies!
  11. Pleased to see this resurrected. It’s quite something MM! Worth looking up Waldsassen and the word ‘relics’..... I’ll leave that for interested parties to discover for themselves.
  12. I suppose it depends how much you want to pay. However, I've been through far too many in the past few years and narrowed it down to my current ones, B and O H6 (not wireless by the way). Some might say that B and O are lifestyle products but that's not my experience with these and I was initially very dubious until I tried them in a shop. Very comfortable, completely covers the ear and there's no sound bleeding out for everyone else. I did have, like Colin Pykett, a pair of Sennheisser HD650s and I really couldn't get on with them. For the price they weren't that well built and always felt loose, maybe I have small ears but it's always a bit of a subjective game here. They also bled a noticeable amount of sound out for others to enjoy (!), a consequence of open back design. Tried some Oppos (now no longer made) but they were heavy and eventually settled on the B and O's which have the performance of the Senns. and Oppos but at least half the price. Home use only with these though, I just use cheap and cheerful Sony's for trains and travel. The B and O's also have cable inputs on either ear which can e a boon. Sound quality is superb for me but that's always subjective and Hi-Fi is full of snake oil and voodoo claims.
  13. Just in case you’ve a spare room:) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pipe-Organ-Console-5-Manual-Walker-1935/273752919830?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180816085401%26meid%3D001d362537ec423782a15745862a1a48%26pid%3D100970%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D3%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D123672914029%26itm%3D273752919830&_trksid=p2481888.c100970.m5481&_trkparms=pageci%3A4a0a993a-46a4-11e9-b1c1-74dbd180756b|parentrq%3A7e36a4c91690ab1cb6397932ffdf04c5|iid%3A1
  14. I didn’t realise it had been there before. Isn’t it a thing of wonder! I played it a number of times and came away thinking it was one of the most comfortable and ergonomic consoles that Walkers ever made. Everything was easy to find, accessible, great line of sight and so smooth in operation with those elephant tusk stop controls.It lasted a very long time indeed. And you could see the choir over it - something impossible with the new console which looks plain ugly to my mind. No idea what you’d do with it but I’m drooling over those photos. Shame to see it languishing but it does look well cared for.
  15. David, I’ve sent a pm regarding RT which I’m sure you’ll find of interest. Regards,
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