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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. David, I’ve sent a pm regarding RT which I’m sure you’ll find of interest. Regards,
  5. Thanks for that information. I found Elvin’s Compton chapter fascinating and the forum thread equally illuminating. Yesterdays Yorkshire Post ‘Picture Past’ had a double page spread on the Selby Abbey fire. I think the text came from elsewhere but there were some interesting photos.
  6. Another one tempted back into the fold! For various reasons I took a break and It’s great to see some really interesting discussions unfolding now. I’ll be joining in the discussions as and when. In the meantime might David Drinkell and Martin Cooke check their pm’s? I’ve replied, very belatedly to some messages and, possibly like many, one has to get into the habit. I noticed it’s 3 years since my last post, doesn’t time fly?!
  7. A bit late really (I had a break from the forum for various reasons) but the Derby and District Association has a very good resource called CATO (Children at the organ). I think you can download some materials and I think I might have a hard copy somewhere. There’s some excellent material in their ideas and the DDOA have revamped their website. Chap called Laurence Rogers is the driving force behind it and he was most helpful when I asked for a CD copy, I think I made a donation as a non-member. Just a thought.
  8. My apologies for expressing an opinion, and here's me thinking that forums existed for an exchange of information, debate or mutual discussion. With that I bid farewell for the second time in two years, no wonder that there have been so few posts of late.
  9. I'll second that! Very elegantly put and thoughtful. If only those in positions of power had as much honesty and humility. Grayling was, without doubt, one of the most dangerous and damaging Ministers of Justice we've had the misfortune to suffer.
  10. Good to see that Arthur is getting some recognition now, neglected by the establishment for far too long. Having lived in the same town for 20 years he was a very good friend and certainly knew his stuff. The Partita is a rather arid sort of piece, inspired more by Hindemith. It had been recorded at some point by Adrian Self at Catrtmel Priory. The Sonata is a rather weightier piece and I persuaded Arthur to send Kevin Bowyer a copy shortly before AB died, Kevin was preparing the Organ Concerto for a performance in Poland. His manuscript handwriting was immaculately done, a real work of calligraphic art. He was indeed a very kindly man even though we had completely opposite musical tastes! There are some very interesting articles he wrote on Musicweb International under a series called 'Arthur Butterworth Writes' . He had a good sense of mischief at times and was a mine of really interesting tales about many musicians.
  11. May I put in a plug for the Heritage Open Days on behalf of All Souls Blackman Lane in Leeds which is to be held on September 10th for three days. I have posted before praising this fabulous Abbott and Smith organ and visitors would be welcome to try it out. Quite apart from the building itself which is stuffed to the rafters with some remarkable artefacts. More info can be found here, follow through the links to area and Leeds from the LH menu. http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/laa/Leeds Although I'm not the organist there Keith Senior, the incumbent organist would be most welcoming and is a veritable mine of information about all things ecclesiastical. Regards, Simon Gregory
  12. May I put in a plug for the Heritage Open Days on behalf of All Souls Blackman Lane in Leeds which is to be held on September 10th for three days. I have posted before praising this fabulous Abbott and Smith organ and visitors would be welcome to try it out. Quite apart from the building itself which is stuffed to the rafters with some remarkable artefacts. More info can be found here, follow through the links to area and Leeds from the LH menu. http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/laa/Leeds Although I'm not the organist there Keith Senior, the incumbent organist would be most welcoming and is a veritable mine of information about all things ecclesiastical. Regards, Simon Gregory
  13. Would this be at All Saints in Mickleover by any chance, it looks like it in which case I played it last year for a funeral, I was very impressed with it indeed, a powerful instrument indeed!
  14. Well spotted there Mr Pykett, and here's me thinking I needed to get out more whilst amiably ambling through eBay curios.... Good to see some decent photos of the old thing which was exceedingly easy to play and find your way around and it was a real looker. I imagine the seller knew what he was doing (and I do know who it is by the way!). It would indeed feel more at home in it's original place, it would make an ideal slave console. Top marks for the eagle eye, it looks to be in pretty good condition.
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