First post on this fascinating board. Just wondering if anyone who's well-up on the organ at Bridlington Priory can help with a quick technical question?
The original Anneessens specification (1889) notes that there was a "Clarinet Onches Libres" on (if I recall) the Choir. Is the current Solo Clarinet the same free-reed Anneessens clarinet, or did it disappear in one of the pre-Nicholson rebuilds?
Some years ago Michael Smith (organist) and I spent ages surveying the pipework and photographing the innards for the organ's 100th birthday, but neither of us dared ascend to the Solo box - the access was via a home-made ladder propped up against the pillar adjacent to the front of the Swell box, clambering on top of the box and then up another ladder to the Solo in the triforium. Getting on top of the Swell box looked bad, getting back down again would have been hair-raising. So, we never answered the question back then. On a later occasion I lent my camera to the Nicholson's tuner who kindly took some photos but for some reason the film jammed (this is pre-digital) and they're all on the same frame :-(
If anyone's interested in some of the pics I took, they're on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/virtual_pkh/albums/72157594250160915 - pretty sure it doesn't look like that inside now!