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  1. Yes, that's a good point as to why there is such a small number of Carillons listed.
  2. 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 homes during the pandemic. The Carillon being used is very similar in design to the one Frank Steijns has.
  3. 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 has a modular Carillon. Another Carillon player is Koen Van Assche, who has a rather unique Carillon called the Bronzen Pianos. And Cast in Bronze, who has a Carillon mounted on a trailer. It's hard to say how many mobile Carillons are out , but I find that whenever I search for them their is always a video of a Carillon that I haven't seen before.
  4. 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 compact acoustic piano with the specification of a concert grand. My only concern is how much will this piano cost? As it may cost a lot than most conventional acoustic piano. I also decided to go back and take another look around to see if there are any other proposals for a compact acoustic piano. I found another proposal for a lightweight piano by a company called Keybird. The instrument is similar to David Klavins Una Corda as it's basically a small up right piano with a short key compass and only has one string per note. But I'm really impressed with how compact and portable this piano is, and I think it could be ideal for someone interested in having an acoustic piano that can be moved around. The modern recorders I also think have the potential to catch on, as unlike most other historical instruments the recorder does have a large repertoire of modern music. Plus their are some recorder players who have advocated for a new recorder for playing music of today. And one last thing- I also just realised that there is also another modern instrument that I forgot to add to the list. This instrument is suppose to be a new type of bowed clavier called the Wheelharp.
  5. 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 to what needs improving, and what can be improved in an instrument. But anyway here is a list I've put together of videos regarding any major developments, and any newly invented acoustic instruments. Standing Grand Future upright grand piano made from carbon fiber David klavins piano builder Contraforte Contrabassoon developed by Guntram Wolf Lupophone Bass Oboe developed by Guntram Wolf Venova Review of a new instrument by Yamaha Modern Alto Recorder Modern Recorder by Mollenhauer Modern Tenor Recorder Hang Steel drum developed in Switzerland in the year 2000 RAV Drum
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 a rather awkward location and I'm wondering if it would be better to commission a professional to draw up a design. The down side of course is that it would be expensive to commission someone to do this.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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/
  15. edit. I think I need to be a bit more responsible for what I say.
  16. 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 tower and the other is realising that radiating pedal boards aren't easy to draw in a 2D. The colour scheme was a bit of an experiment as I probably would go for a pine colour rather than white. Although another colour scheme that I think may work is one similar to the Utopia Baroque organ at Orgelpark in Amsterdam. The second design I've done is based on an Estey reed organ. With the case height being a problem I have often turned to pip top reed organs and even what could be refer to as digital pipe tops for inspiration. I quite like the design of the pipe facade of this Estey organ but I'm still concerned it may be a little too tall for an 8' ceiling. I think the problem is that a triangular pipe arrangement needs a fair bit of height, although that may depend on how wide the organ case is. To be honest I don't think this drawing came out as well as the previous one, the pipe work isn't great as I was kind of impatient to get this drawing done. Plus there are a couple of errors with the organ case that I didn't notice until after I did the out line. Edit Another thing I realised just a few days ago while going through my files was that a few years ago I had made a couple of case designs using in a computer program called Lego Digital Designer.
  17. 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
  18. 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 1746 – 1814 https://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000020409 Link Unit Organ – Charles Sharpe Minor 1885 – 1957 http://www.theatreorgans.com/btoc/history.htm Touring Organ by Harrison & Harrison – George Thomas Pattman 1875 – 1961 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pattman Moller Opus 6690 – Reginald Foort 1893 – 1980 http://theatreorgans.com/travellingmoller/index.htm https://pipeorgandatabase.org/organ/33188 Organo Portativo – Giorgio Questa 1929 – 2010 https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_Questa Open air konzert Orgel – Hoffmann & Schindler Organ Builders https://orgelbau-hoffmann.de/open-air-konzert-orgel-mieten/ Mobile Orgue – Plaisance du Gers Organ Builders http://birouste.free.fr/Mobilorgue/description/descr.html Anywhere Organ – Mathew Borgatti https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gianteye/the-anywhere-organ Weiße Orgel – Močnik Organ Builders https://orgel-kirchenmusik.kug.ac.at/en/institute/information/instruments/weisse-orgel-white-organ-mocnik/ The Flavour Conductor – Mander Organs https://mander-organs.com/the-flavour-conductor/ Orgue du Voyage – Jean Baptiste Monnot 1984 – https://www.jeanbaptistemonnot.com/lorgue-du-voyage/ Organo Wanderer – Paolo Oreni 1979 – http://www.paolooreni.org/ Orgue Modulaire https://www.facebook.com/pg/orguesrivegauche35/posts/ Orgue Gulliver https://www.facebook.com/LOrgue-Gulliver-102266285286708/ Orgue L'explorateur https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrM62KQXQ4vYnodR0JQP4Aw/videos Electronic Organs Black Beauty – Virgil Fox 1912 – 1980 http://cdmnet.org/Julian/schemes/elec/black.htm Allen Touring Organ – Carlo Curley 1952 – 2012 http://cdmnet.org/Julian/schemes/elec/cjc.htm Allen Touring Organ – Virgil Fox 1912 – 1980 http://cdmnet.org/Julian/schemes/elec/fox.htm Rogers Touring Organ – Felix Hell 1985 – https://www.felixhell.com/touring-organ Touring Organ – Raul Prieto Ramirez https://www.raulpr.com/enghome International Touring Organ – Cameron Carpenter 1981 – https://www.marshallandogletree.com/opus-8---international-touring-organ Semi Portable Pipe Organs Opus 86 – Schlicker Organ Co. https://pipeorgandatabase.org/organ/28059 Adelaide Festival Theatre – Rieger Organ Builders https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/AdelaideFestTheatre.html Portable Pipe Organ proposals Orgue à Structure Variable – Jean Guillou 1930 – 2019 https://web.archive.org/web/20121115093815/http://osvguillou.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm The Grand Positive – Niccolo Morandi, available whenever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN_rAx8lWxY A couple of the organs I have removed as I found little to no information on. One was a portable organ built by the Kimball organ company and the other was a touring organ used by the organist Pierre Cochereau. The portable organ built by kimball I had only heard about from another forum and the touring organ of Pierre Cochereau I have seen photographs online. Looking back I feel like I probably should have left some of the instruments off the list until I had some information to back them up. I had also heard that Edward George Power Biggs also had a small touring organ but I never include it on the list as I couldn't find a single mention of this organ anywhere.
  19. 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 remember once reading in an article about the organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Zealand that the pipes were suppose to be on a mid or small scale but I can't find where I read that. Plus looking at the size of the instrument and the space it seems unlikely that the pipes would be on a small scale. http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/pf/auckland/
  20. Recently I've come up with the idea to put together a list documenting various touring or portable pipe organs. Besides Reginald Foort's touring organ it's difficult to find information on any other portable pipes organs, as many of the organs I'm aware of I have discovered purely by accident. So anyway here is a list I've put together documenting both pipe and electronic portable organs, along with the names of the artist or builders. Pipe Organs Orchestrion – Georg Joseph Vogler 1746 – 1814 Portable Pipe Organ – W. W. Kimball Organ Company Link Unit Organ – Charles Sharpe Minor 1885 – 1957 Touring Organ by Harrison & Harrison – George Thomas Pattman 1875 – 1961 Moller Opus 6690 – Reginald Foort 1893 – 1980 Organo Portativo – Giorgio Questa 1929 – 2010 Portable Organ – Pierre Cochereau 1924 – 1984 Open air konzert Orgel – Hoffmann & Schindler Organ Builders Mobile Orgue – Plaisance du Gers Organ Builders Anywhere Organ – Mathew Borgatti The Flavour Conductor – Mander Organ Builders Orgue du Voyage – Jean Baptiste Monnot 1984 – Organo Wanderer – Paolo Oreni 1979 – Electronic Organs Black Beauty – Virgil Fox 1912 – 1980 Allen Touring Organ – Carlo Curley 1952 – 2012 Allen Touring Organ – Virgil Fox 1912 – 1980 Rogers Touring Organ – Felix Hell 1985 – Touring Organ – Raul Prieto Ramirez International Touring Organ – Cameron Carpenter 1981 – There is probably still other organs out there but I'm impressed with what I have done so far considering this kind of feels like trying to document steam powered airplanes or 21st century steam locomotives.
  21. Still working on the concept art so I don't have anything to show you just yet, but I recently came across a house organ that I had stumbled across a while ago but couldn't remember the name of. It's an instrument that I feel that I have to share with you, as although the specification only consist of three ranks of pipes the case design is quite a conversation piece. http://www.orgelbauschreier.de/bad-kissingen.html
  22. For some reason when I think of English organ music I think of the Australian organist Thomas Heywood.
  23. Yes I see what you mean about being a bit more ambitious. I don't think I've talked much about the specification I have in mind but at the moment it contains somewhere around 14 ranks. Plus that number also include 6 ranks at 8' pitch along with a single rank at 16' stopped pipe, and above all that it would all have to fit into a case similar in size to the Henry Mills & Son organ you recommended. but who knows, looking at the size of the specification of the Henry Mills organ I think it's just over the half way point. Hopefully in the following days (or when I get round to it) I will upload some concept art and maybe include a specification.
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