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  1. Extension organs (although not perfect) are quite an effective way of creating a compact and versatile organ. There are videos of a Wicks Fuga organ which the owner had made some modifications to it such as replacing the stop tabs with draw knobs and adding a couple of ranks of pipes, but overall I think it turned out as quite a nice instrument.
  2. I've recently been thinking about studio practice organs and there are several organs I've come across which although have an electric rather than a mechanical action and some extensions I think they could still be of some inspiration for designing a house organ. http://www.rdyerorgans.com/curtisinstitute/ https://www.luleyandassociates.com/duquesne-a-s-replacement https://www.luleyandassociates.com/duquesne-studio-
  3. I wish I had posted this a little earlier but it was just today that I suddenly remembered this bizarre video I saw years ago of Diane Bish trying to get her dog to sing along to Jingle Bells.
  4. This is probably not important but I just thought it would be worth mentioning that the organist Jean Baptiste Monnot had recently set up and performed on his portable organ at the Louvre. There's a few pictures of the event on his Facebook and Instagram page but not much in the way of videos and recordings (or at least at the time I am posting this comment).
  5. I apologies if this may be a bit controversial as this thread is meant to be focused on tracker organs not extension organs but I remember seeing an extension organ that was built for a private home by an American organ builder called Kegg. The reason why I want to mention this organ is although it's not mechanical I think this organ does have an ideal specification and the size of the instrument is not to big. http://www.keggorgan.com/ProjectDetail.cfm?yJNum=167
  6. Personally I would compare digital organs to microwave ovens rather than toasters as I think their was some skepticism towards this appliance. I remember an old TV series called Pie in the Sky starring Richard Griffiths about a detective who dreams of retiring from the police force to run his own restaurant. In some of the early episodes I recall Henry Crabbe being quite critical of microwave ovens. I faintly remember a scene in a restaurant or cafe where Henry complimented the owner for launch who replied with a thank you and then mentioned that he was thinking of getting a microwave oven. Henry then went into this long about how it would down grade the place and would then start finding all sorts of riffraff coming in through the door.
  7. To confess I'm not so keen on the use of digital stops but still it certainly sounds like quite an impressive organ.
  8. I have recently been wondering about the need for 32' stops as I have noticed in America it feels like the vast majority of pipe organs there contain at least one or three 32' stops which I have noticed are often digital.
  9. Recently while browsing through a list of specifications of organs built by klais I stumbled across a fairly new organ that at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Spain that I have heard about. But what I found interesting is that this particular organ doesn't seem to contain any stops at 32' pith. It's possible that their may be plans to add any ranks at 32' pitch at a latter date but I can't say for sure as usually any additions are often marked as prepared for. https://klais.de/m.php?sid=190&zeiger=48
  10. Recently I've been working on a future post regarding the use of digital stops in pipe organs as over the last few yeas of noticed digital stops and in particularly 32' voices have became Quite common in a lot of pipe organs mainly in America. Whenever I brows through a portfolio for an organ builder it feels like nearly half and sometimes even the majority of pipe organs listed contain digital voices. And what I also find interesting is that it doesn't seem to be happening so much with small organs but a lot of the big cathedral and even in concert organs contain digital voices.
  11. Yes I see what you mean about the sound of some of these deep bass instruments being unpleasant. It reminds me of another experimental instrument called the Octobass which is basically a massive double bass. I feel like the Octobass may have been a good idea but to confess I think the sound is not that great even compared to a 32' organ stops. The Contrabassoon I don't mind the sound of as to me it sounds a little like a 32' reed but the Octobass just has this really harsh sound to it. I also think the reason why the orchestra can get away without needing such an instrument is with the use of percussion such as timpani and the bass drum, as I think these instruments work really well at adding that low end rumble that would get from a 32' stop. Another thing that's worth mentioning is that Richard Bobo has also built out curiosity what could be referred to as a 64' Racket.
  12. Several years ago I stumbled across a proposal for a new bassoon called a a Subcontra bassoon. I can't remember exactly how I came across this but I recall at the time I was curious to see if their are any instruments that could play down to the range of a 32' stop. As to where this project stands the person behind the project Richard Bobo has made some progress on building a prototype which is a bit of an improvement as in the past he often just made updates to the design.
  13. I don't know if I could top the suggestions made by Contrabombarde but here are some links to a few organs I could find on the Organ Historical Trust of Australia site. Second Church of Christ Scientist Melbourne https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CamberwellChristSci.html Residence of S Kaesler Gawler https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/Kaesler.html St Philip's Anglican church O'Connor ACT https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraOCon.html St Ninian's Uniting church Lyneeham ACT https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraStNin.html St Andrew's Seventh-day Adventist Church Bundaberg https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/BundabergSDA.html Masonic Temple Brisbane https://ohta.org.au/confs/Qld/Masonic.html First Church of Christ Scientist Melbourne https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/SthMelbCS.html
  14. I was thinking about what AJJ mentioned about the issue of having an organ with just a couple of 8' and 4' flutes as this is an issue that (much like a lot of people) I'm trying to overcome in the design of my house organ. The specifications that I have being working are meant to be for instrument that are quite modest but still versatile enough to handle a wide range of music. Although I fear that the specifications that I have come up with although modest in size are still far to big for a home or studio installation even with my idea of polyphony bass pipes. For anyone who is interested I've listed a draft specification I came up with along with a list of additions that would like but probably wouldn't be able to have due to space. Also keep in mind that some of the stop names are a bit generic as I'm not sure about exactly what style of flutes or strings I want and the same goes with any mixtures and inversions. Great Principle 8' (Notes 1 – 12 from 6 pipes) Flute 8' Octave 4' Supper octave 2' Mixture Swell Flute 8' Gamba 8' (Notes 1 – 12 from 6 or 4 pipes) Vox celeste 8' (To tenor C or notes 1 – 12 from 4 pipes) Flute 4' Quint 2 2/3' Flute 2' Oboe or Trumpet 8' Tremolo Pedal Subbass 16' (notes 1 - 12 from 6 pipes) Flute 8' (extension from Subbass or borrowed from Great Flute) Additions Pedal 16' Reed Gamba transfer to Great Swell Quint 1 1/3' Pedal principle 8' and Octave 4' borrowed from Great Swell Clarinet 8' Great 4' flute
  15. Thanks Rehfeldt's videos are quite something. Another organist I quite enjoy is Hans Andre Stamm who some of you may have seen videos of him playing the organ works of Bach on the Trost organ in Germany. One thing I didn't know until 2016 was that he also composes music a lot of which has a Celtic style.
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