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Niccolo

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  1. The description in the video stated that there are only two Wurlitzer organs with these polyphonic pipes, so it's possible that Wurlitzer may not have experimented with this idea as much as Compton. On a slightly different note it's also worth mentioning a French Romantic positive organ I stumbled across a few months back that contains bass pipes that can play two or three notes.
  2. Recently a video appeared in my recommendations of a unique Wurlitzer 32' Diaphone where each pipe can play two notes. I was originally going to post this under Small Organ Design but then decided to create a new topic as I think this is a rather unusual idea that might be worth exploring.
  3. 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.
  4. 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-
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. To confess I'm not so keen on the use of digital stops but still it certainly sounds like quite an impressive organ.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. One organist I quite like is Mathias Rehfeldt who does a lot of contemporary music combining classical organ and synthesizer. I find it's rather unfortunate that as I am posting this message he only has a mere 300 subscribers on his channel which is a shame as I think the videos he does are amazing and also unique. For those of you who are curious the organ used in the first two videos is the Stockwerk Organ. A rather avant-garde pipe organ located in an office block.
  19. Ah yes the flavour conductor. I think that commission must have been a bit of a pain as I don't think the clients knew much about organs which probably wouldn't have helped.
  20. For some time I have been trying to dig up information regarding a proposal made by Jean Guillou for a modular pipe organ called L'Orgue a Structure Variable. Which if I'm correct had originated from a book he had written back in the 70's called L'Orgue, souvenir et avenir (The Organ, Remembrance and Future). Bellow I've included a video of an interview with Jean Guillou where he mentions this proposal and the reasons for this organ. Their isn't a great deal of information available regarding the design of this proposal such as the specification. But from what I know the organ would be made up of fifteen units electronically connected to a console with four manuals and pedals. Each unit would contain one or three ranks of pipes, an independent wind supply and keyboard. Their uses to be website dedicated to this project long gone but I have managed to successfully gain access to the site through an internet archive called the Way Back Machine which I have included a link to bellow. although their still isn't a great deal of information regarding the design of the organ. https://web.archive.org/web/20121115093815/http://osvguillou.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm As to where this project stands in development I think it is safe to say that it is pretty much at a stand still but I can't say for sure if it has been completely abandoned. But regardless of whether this organ will become a reality their has however been some development with organs like this. For example the organist Paolo Oreni has his own mobile pipe organ called Organo Wanderer, and Jean Baptiste Monnot for years has been working on a small but versatile organ called L'Orgue du Voyage.
  21. One mistake I have noticed with some house organs is when someone wants a cathedral or concert size organ in their living room. Presumably this is often because a lot of organists prefer an instrument with a wide array of stops as larger organs are more comfortable to work with compared to most house organs which to confess are a bit to basic even for me. But I feel that one thing that is really important is not so much how many stops an organ has but the overall design of the instrument. What I'm looking for in my dream organ (presuming that this dream will ever become a reality) is an instrument that is capable of handling a wide range of music as appose to just Baroque music. I think to achieve this is to include pistons, swell box and the addition of 8' string and Principle ranks as appose to just 8' flutes. It's not much but I think this can really help to enhance an organ. I'd also like to point out one interesting example of a rather excessive home installation which is an organ located in Birmingham Alabama that you could say is not so much in a house but is a house. I've included a link to the OHS page on this organ but the information is a bit out of date as this organ has had a additions additions such as the console being enlarged from having three manuals to five. https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=26112
  22. One thing I should say about my interest in using polyphonic pipes is that I would only incorporate them if it is necessary. As I have mentioned before I would only stick to anything big such as the bass octave of 8' string and principle ranks as well as 16' ranks, but I could on the other hand take a slightly more conservative approach and just remove the bass C# pipe on most or all of the ranks and instead play that note using polyphony pipes. Another odd idea I have is dividing a single division across two keyboards. To do this with an electrical action I presume would be fairly simple and I know that a lot of the player organs from the early 20th often had a division shared across two manuals. But I'm curious about how this would work mechanical action as I have come across the odd tracker organ with a division split across two manuals but I am not sure as to how this works as it would require doubling the number of pallets and sliders in a wind chest. One example I know of is a French Romantic style house organ that I stumbled across fairly recently which you can find listed under Aigle in the link below. http://www.petermeierorgelbau.com/
  23. Ah yes the Cubus. I remember stumbling across this invention some time back on the Encyclopedia of Organ Stops webpage. http://organstops.com/c/Cubus.html
  24. Owning a real pipe organ is something I have dreamed of for many years. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do other than work on the design as a pipe organ is not something that is easy to get obtain or fit into a house. Some people that I mentioned this ambition to have also expressed such a desire but feel that it is unlikely to ever become a reality. One idea that I am interested in utilising in my organ is bass pipes that can play two or even three notes. It's a rather unusual idea and their may be some difficulties in utilising such an idea as the components for it would have to be especially made. Plus there may also be a lot of teething problems as most Organ Builders and enthusiasts have probably never heard of such an idea. But I'm hoping that this could be a major benefit in helping reducing the size of the instrument as the bass end (particularly of principles and string ranks) can take up quite a bit of space. For example although a pipe that can play two or three notes may not seem like much but it can reduce the number of pipes in an octave from 12 to 6 or even 4. I have come across a French Romantic positive organ that utilises this idea. I can't find any details as to how these valves work but bellow is a video of one of these organs where you can see some sort of pneumatic valve attached to some of the pipes. https://youtu.be/_svQQsBXGaQ
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