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Niccolo Morandi

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  1. I'm sorry, I hope didn't intend to be cynical.
  2. Just to be clear, I was being sarcastic.
  3. Wow, a real 32' Subbass? Not like one of those fake tragic ones at Buckfast.
  4. I recently came across an interesting interview with the organ builder Ron Sharp, who's best known for building the organ of the Sydney Opera House. To confess I did find the interview at the start a little jarring, as Ron Sharp is quite frail and their was also budgie or something that wouldn't stop making noises. But I did find some of his opinions during the second half quite interesting, as I think his attitudes on things like acoustic reverberation and the balance between bass and treble notes, are quite different to what most people think. Organs by R
  5. Yes, that's a good point as to why there is such a small number of Carillons listed.
  6. 15 or 20 Carillons feels like such a small number, but I guess considering that it is an instrument that can ring out across a whole city or town, you probably don't need so many of these instruments. Plus it's probably not the sort of instrument that has a high demand compared to the Organ. But I am curious about the number of portable Carillons there are, and if any of the Carillon societies have an idea as to how many of these portable Carillons are out there? I also recently came across several videos of a series of Carillon performances that have been held for various Nursing ho
  7. A few months back while browsing Youtube, I stumbled across a video of a rather interesting Carillon player who goes by the name of Cast in Bronze, performing on a mobile Carillon named The Millennium Carillon. I decided to take a look and see if there are any other videos of this Carillon, but what I found surprising is that their is a surprisingly large number of mobile Carillons around. And not only that but even some Carillon players who even have personal touring Carillons. Some examples i could find are Frank Steijns who's part of Andre Rieu's Orchestra, who
  8. Sorry for the late reply, but thank you for the complement. I see what you mean about the Contraforte and the Handpan probably being the only instruments to catch on. The Venova is an interesting instrument, but I suspect it was always intended by Yamaha as just being a toy. And I think the pianos built by David klavins are quite interesting, but I think they're intended mainly for exploring new sounds possibilities rather than being the piano of the future. The Standing Grand by Future Piano I do have hopes for, because I think this new piano could be ideal for someone looking for a comp
  9. I have often wondered about modern developments in acoustic instruments as to me it feels like most developments in musical instruments of today are mainly in electronic instruments, while acoustic instruments have changed very little over the decades. Of course that's not to say that their hasn't been any development, as instruments made today will have some improvements or changes compared to those made in the 20th century. But what I'm interested in is developments that really stand out, say a grand piano that is designed to be lighter and more transportable. But I guess this does come down
  10. I don't know if there is any point to this, but here is a link to a listing of a Walker unit organ located in Sydney, for anyone curious about seeing an example of a metal 16' Bourdon. The reason why I created this thread is because I have seen discussions on the differences between the sound of open woods and open metal pipes, and I was curious if their are also any slight differences between the sound of stopped wood and stopped metal pipes? https://www.sydneyorgan.com/Seaforth.html
  11. OK, I guess (at least from my perspective) stopped pipe at 16' pitch are traditionally made of wood, but I've noticed that often in some unit organs the bass 16' pipes are sometimes made of metal rather than wood. But I'm curious if their is a difference in the sound between a 16' stopped metal as appose to a 16' stopped wood?
  12. I was recently thinking about 16' stopped pipes and how they are traditionally made of wood, but I have noticed the odd extension organ will sometimes have a 16' made of metal rather than wood. I'm just wondering about what are difference between using 16' stopped wood and metal pipes as I can't seem to find any opinions on them.
  13. I just realised that their was a bit of advice I wanted to include in the last post but I had forgot. What I wanted to say is that if you're searching the internet for house organs, I find using foreign phrases such as Hausorgel, Huispijporgel and L'Orgue Salon I find can also be quite helpful.
  14. You will have to have to forgive me as I think the issue of under powered organs is more of a separate topic. But I guess the thing I can't get my head around is that I just find it unfortunate seeing something that has had so much effort put into creating like a big concert organ only for the power of the instrument to be just OK. But my biggest problem is that once it's done that's it, there is probably not much that can be done once the instrument is built and installed.
  15. Recently I was watching a video of someone going over a plan of a model railway they were designing for a client, and while watching I was thinking if only I could find someone to do something like this for my house organ. So rather than try and design an organ from scratch, I'd just submit a floor plan and wish list to an actual organ builder so they can evaluate the space and create a design rather than trying to do this myself It is a bit strange that a video about model trains would lead me to this idea, but I was impressed with how this person designed this model railway to fit into
  16. Wow that reminds me of the so called "Organ Spectacular" concert way back in 2007 at the Melbourne Town Hall. I can't remember what the program was or who was performing but I remember that it was an organ and orchestra concert that was about two hours long but contained somewhere around 15 or 10 minutes of organ playing.
  17. That's unfortunate to hear about a concert being a bit under powered. This is not an organ I have ever heard in person but I'm wondering if this due to the halls acoustics or just the design of the organ.
  18. I don't know if this would be of any interest. But there is a website called the Wayback machine that's basically a archive for old websites. The Mander Organ forum has been documented but only the main page. I don't think it would be possible to document the whole forum but I was just thinking maybe it might be worth preserving any particular threads for the sake of memories. But that depends if it is possible or even worth doing. https://web.archive.org/web/20200819195355/https://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/
  19. edit. I think I need to be a bit more responsible for what I say.
  20. Well these drawings aren't perfect but I think they're fine. The design of the organ case or facade of my house organ is something I find to be a bit of a challenge in its self as while the specification is one thing designing a case that works under a low ceiling without looking flattened is another. The first design is based on an organ I stumbled across just after creating this thread. http://www.orgelbauschreier.de/anwalting.html There's a couple of things I wished I had foreseen before I did the outline for this picture, one is a mistake with the pipes in the left towe
  21. I just remembered a company called Orgue de Plaisance-du-Gers had a while ago released a series of extension organs called the Modulorgue B2. The instruments consist of two ranks of pipes but the case designs can verie depending on the space the instrument is intended for. I find these organs two be quite attractive but I wonder if an organ like this would appeal to people as even for an extension organ having just two ranks of pipes feels like a hard sell. http://www.modulorgue.com/modulb2.html
  22. Sorry for the late reply, but anyway yes I see what you mean about adding links. My original intention was to just list both the name of the instrument and the artist or builder as I felt like that would be enough for anyone to track down the instruments, but thinking about it now it probably would help to include a link to a page or article. I've also decided to included a section for pipe organs that are not designed to be moved to different venues but are designed to be moved around within the space they are installed in. Pipe Organs Orchestrion – Georg Joseph Vogler 17
  23. I find what you said regarding organs with low wind pressure rather interesting, as this is something that I have wondered about. I was recently looking at the specification of a rather impressive organ built for a university in Houston Texas and I recall reading somewhere that this massive organ has very small scale pipe work. However when I went back to check on the description of this organ I couldn't find where I had read this, so I'm unsure if that is true or if I may have just imagined that. http://cbfisk.com/opus/opus-109/ This isn't the first time this has happened as I
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