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  1. Please carry on! My view and opinion of this forum is that there is a high level of pedantry, blunt opinion and joking. However I also belIeve that contributors are well meaning and supportive and that that might not always come across. As for uninteresting posts, that really depends on what people find interesting, and I’m sure that opinions would be divided on how interesting most topics here are.
  2. Perhaps others would like to be aware of a biography of E. H. Warrell? I saw a review of it http://drmarcsblog.marcrochester.com/2021/06/a-forgotten-life-remembered.html?m=1 I’ve found out where to source a copy and have been been told it’s short print run and sold out. I’ve been added to the waiting list for next run. Contact chriswarrell@talktalk.net to get added to his list.
  3. Looks like a ladder might have positioned to change a lightbulb or place a microphone? (Are those microphones on the casework in the photograph?) Perhaps someone didn’t realise that organ pipes are softer than cast iron drainpipes in terms of ladder resting. It would have held the ladder until the climber was a few rungs up, then slipped. Force directly proportional the weight of the person plus ladder and the cosine of the angle of ladder…
  4. I've stumbled into a very entertaining and interesting talk by Nigel Allcoat, telling his life story. I would recommend it. and
  5. You probably know this recording already. Obviously you can’t tell absolute loudness from a record but I remember being stunned by this sound world first time I heard it. https://www.discogs.com/Francis-Chapelet-Orgues-Historiques-Espagne-Trujillo-Covarrubias/release/3337391 Greyfriars Edinburgh shouted well when new. Not heard it for decades and I believe it’s a challenge to keep it all working.
  6. My flabber is well and truly gasted. What an extraordinary specification (2005/2016). It ought to be strong enough to lead a congregation you’d think….. in the next parish.
  7. I did chuckle at the "nailing to the pedalboard" comment - thanks for that. I can name three examples where good and ambitious choirs thriving in suburban areas have tired of their previously deemed adequate organ and redirected the funds that might ordinarily have been spent on a wash, valet and a minor tinker or two, being 30 years or so since last rebuild, to an electronic with a specification at least times the one of the pipe organ. The most extreme of these three is https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=S00098 compared to http://broughtonparish.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Organ-Spec.pdf. I should confess to not having heard the electronic but my memory of hearing the Ainscough was that it did the job well enough. If the spec of that electronic was pipes then there'd hardly be room for a pulpit in that building never mind a choir. The other two places are St Paul Sketty Swansea where I spent a spell as assistant, and Cuthbert's Darwen. Both were worthy of being rebuilt with a few swap outs, in my opinion.
  8. I think there is also a need for a contrast between ‘need’ and ‘would benefit from’ in some schemes and fundraising. I’ve seen several schemes where additions which are exciting though arguably not strictly necessary are presented as essential to a fundraising committee. In a construction project anyone can see which aspects could be tamed down but in an organ rebuild it is not very transparent to the layperson. For clarity I am absolutely not thinking of Leeds here but of a couple of major church jobs.
  9. Fantastic to see a major contract go to Nicholson. I was wondering how it was funded and found a few news articles. Very impressive that the council are so supportive even though they expect to be paid back from fundraising. I don’t think I’ve heard of this approach before. I’m sure it leaves the council with some risk. https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/people/leeds-town-halls-historic-organ-to-get-ps18m-of-restoration-work-3254806?amp
  10. Thanks to Martin and Rowland for the informative responses to my question.
  11. Are Harrison’s getting all the big jobs these days? It seems that way. Does anyone know any large projects going elsewhere? Great that Harrison’s are successful but monopolies are generally dangerous. Do we know who got the Leeds Town Hall contract yet? Smaller firms have done good work on big rebuilds previously.
  12. I don’t feel completely comfortable watching a funeral on line but this one came up amongst the feed of events from Chester.
  13. Just pointing out that there's an interesting small organ on Ebay at the moment. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324678766126?hash=item4b985cce2e:g:yeoAAOSwv-ZaS7QZ It being in Italy is a drawback to visiting it and transporting it. There's a link to a video of it playing and I can't say I like the reed in the Couperin and it is more top heavy than would suit a small room. Swapping a couple of ranks out could make a difference and turn it into something very good.
  14. I heard the most raucous football crowd “singing” on the radio news this evening. So unfair. I’m sure there is less risk in matins but probably fewer votes and less chance of civil disobedience.
  15. Obvious I’m sure but have you thought about pinching one off the top note or another you might play less? I used to own a spinet with a gradually reducing compass until I got round to sourcing spares.
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