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  1. 10/1 you just forgot about William Hill
  2. After a mere thirteen years, I can now claim that the Compton book is finally finished; running to 57,000 words and about 215 pages in total. I have had wonderful fun trying to get to grips with formatting, but I've now successfully created a pdf file, which reads well I didn't realise that electronic publications have variable flow, which means that page numbers are irrelevant and indexes quite useless. In view of the limitations of colour print within a book (not to mention the expense) I feel that a digital format is by far the best option, and of all file types, the pdf option seems to offer the most. So it may be that I will produce it in CD format using the pdf file, and work out the best way of distributing it. More later, but what a good day it's been! MM
  3. Mmm! I just recently sold my solitary Reslo ribbon mic from the 1960's. I got £120 for it!! Bought a Tascam, which is very good. Better than lugging the old Ferrograph around, and the Revox which replaced it. Those were the days, when you needed a large van. MM
  4. This is an important announcement for passengers travelling on the 14.00 Seven Virgins service from Olivet to Calvary. This train is delayed at Kings Cross due to a points Caesar. MM
  5. Why "buy" anything, when it's so easy to listen to them played by someone reliable and scribble them down on manuscript? My name isn't Reger or Bach, but I didn't find it terribly difficult. (Save trees.....play by ear!) MM
  6. It shows how long it is since I posted anything related to Compton, but the photograph in question was the result of a Luftwaffe bombing raid, when the roof of Hull City Hall was partially destroyed in 1941. The organ was largely spared direct damage, though the Forster & Andrews console got it to some extent. The amazing thing is not so much what happened on one bombing raid, but what happened afterwards, because both the hall and the organ were left open to the elements FOR SEVEN YEARS! Now I'm not sure whether anything was sheeted over (I suspect so) but it doesn't take much imagination to know what damp and an un-heated hall can do to an organ; not to mention pigeons, mice and other vermin. A local organist thought he had heard the last concert in the hall, but wonderfully, the hall was repaired and the organ re-built by the Compton firm (with a lot of re-voicing) in the early 1950's. That was a further two years after the re-opening of the hall in 1948. The end result was (and still is) quite spectacular!
  7. An extraordinary man, an extraordinary musician and an extraordinary life. Every good wish to him at.....what was it? 102!!!!
  8. I've just read this, and it is terribly sad news. I feel that I've lost a friend, with whom I have shared a great deal over the years. David was quite the enthusiast and very knowledgeable about organ matters. We will miss him. I would also join in offering sympathy to his family and close friends.
  9. It is claimed that the original organ was weak and ineffective. Compton's revoiced everything, and the result was spectacular. In my view, the Compton name should still be there, because R & D did nothing much tonally.
  10. I never thought of Sheffield, but you are right. Not only that, the space occupied by the old Willis/Mander (if it's still in situ) would have been about right for the Compton. MM
  11. It was certainly contrived and spurious, because long before the demise of the organ, the management of the hall wanted to make vertical space available for stage flies, which would have brought it into line with other, rather better venues, and project the hall into the first rank of visual experiences. If that was the agenda, then the removal of the organ was not without justification, in an age which has made the organ unfashionable. To that end, the City Council did the right thing by appointing the late Steve Tovey as their consultant, with a view to finding a home for the instrument. However, with remarkable speed, following the death of Mr Tovey, certain members of the council seemed to regard this as a green light to simply scrap the instrument in order to hasten the conversion of the hall. Again, I am not without empathy, but simply scrapping such a splendid and thoroughly well made instrument was, in my view, an act of criminal vandalism. The instrument could have been advertised for sale internationally, and it seems unlikely to me, that there wouldn't have been potential buyers; as the sale of numerous church organs to Germany has shown in recent years. MM
  12. Only if you were alive 1979-82. MM
  13. Indeed, but such use requires careful registration. It is an organ which can whisper or roar.....and boy, can it roar!
  14. Getting to grips with the City Hall organ was always an ordeal when it came to degree congregations and such, but what an organ! Totally revoiced by Compton's, I regard it as their greatest masterpiece, and Jimmy Taylor's in particular. It makes a fascinating foil to the other really great Compton at Southampton Guildhall, which has all the 1930's weight and infinite means of expression. "Rock crushing" is not a malign description, for that was the style back in the day. However, the City Hall organ at Hull, with considerable brightness and chorus integrity, really anticipated the reform movement in Britain, and the organ at the Festival Hall in particular. With an infinitely finer acoustic than the RFH, the City Hall was always going to sound better in the stalls. What a difference a decade and a half can make! Southampton was 1937.....Hull around 1952 if I recall without checking. MM
  15. I'm beginning to think that John may be quite a common name.
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