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  1. No problem. Many thanks. John
  2. Thanks, MM and Barry. So, presumably, there is a slightly different composition and sound on each note, although each is not tuned to any particular notes. Come to think of it, I seem to remember seeing a picture of something along these lines somewhere. I wish I could remember where! I would dearly like to hear a sound sample, especially after MM comparing these to the York Tuba Mirabilis. I assume, then, that they are rather loud? John
  3. Hear, hear. 'One o't sights o' Yorkshire', as someone once quoted. As no-one has dared to remove it or change it for over eighty years, it must have some merit! John
  4. Do you have further details of the composition? Presumably, it would begin something like: 36 39 41 29 32 34 finishing in a low: 8 11 13 having octaves, elevenths and thirteenths throughout? In that respect, perhaps it was a very early version of the neo-baroque 'un-tredezime'? John
  5. This is fascinating. Could you supply more information about these Polish cymbels, for example: - how many ranks/pipes per note? - did you mean that there there is only one group of pipes (on one block) which play whatever note is played? - are they tuned to any particular pitch? - do you know of any sound samples? - or locations? I'd love to know more. Just as an aside, did you see Michael Palin tonight? He was travelling through Poland. Part of the journey was by canal barge which, rather than utilise locks to make an ascent, was dragged by cable up a hillside to a higher level canal. Apparently, this system has been in use for 150 years. John
  6. If 16' is not the unison pitch on the Pedal, why are 16' the most frequently found stops... even the only stop on some Pedal organs? John
  7. Why come all the way to England? Visit Cologne! I believe that Klais toured locations in England for the very same reason before making several tubas for Cologne Cathedral organ. I think that there are other tuba installations in Germany as well as Cologne. I find it very interesting that our typically-English tuba sound seems to be becoming popular in Germany. John
  8. I see civilisation stops north of the Humber! John
  9. Thank you both very much for this information. It is interesting that, in both cases the flat 21st is lost at the top end, and only a third remains (apart from octaves and quints). John
  10. Richard, I am very grateful for your reply and the trouble to which you have gone to establish these facts - especially your excursion into the organ case! Please don't apologise for not responding earlier; I'm sure that no-one expects you to be omnipresent! I think I estimated the height from the bases of the 'dummy' pipes to the top of the middle section of the case to be about 13'. I don't seem to have been too far out, as you (6') plus one-and-a-half of your hypothetical twin (9') would total about 15'. If you remove your head (as your counterpart is standing on your shoulders), I should be even closer in my estimation! In your previous post you say that the 16' Diapason is on the east side of the case (presumably adjacent to the choir) and that its tops are just visible above the dummy pipes whilst standing under the tower. Did you mean on the west side of the case? In any event, does that mean that it stands below the level of the bases of the dummy pipes, or that it is less than full length (presumably at least 17', including feet)? Much information with regard to the disposition of the organ can, of course, be gleaned from the excellent publication 'The Organs of York Minster', but the additional information which you have kindly supplied is very much appreciated. May I say that I am very pleased to hear that you are getting a cymbelstern. I wonder whether this was prompted by JSW's experiences whilst recording '21st Century Bach'!* Although it is essentially a 'baroque' stop, I should imagine it would work well enough with quieter combinations on the Minster organ. I look forward to hearing it, perhaps at Christmas 2008? *Sorry to trouble you on another topic, but do you know whether the issue of Series 3 on DVD is imminent? They have shown some programmes (from Amorbach) recently on the telly. Many thanks John
  11. This is well and good, but I also would like to know the answer to the initial question. Assuming from C1 to C37 is 15 17 19 21 22, what happens above C37? Did it break back once, one octave, to 8 10 12 14 15? Did it break back several times, by lesser amounts - e.g., 12 14 15 17 19, etc? Does anyone know any actual examples? John
  12. Yes, he did! I am watching it now - the additional material re. the organ, programme, etc, at the moment. Is he really leaning on the Choir manual?! John
  13. Or perhaps an early Xmas present?! Yes, I had heard about the Father Willis / Willis III misunderstanding, and am glad they sorted that out. It would have niggled me! John
  14. I envy you. My wife sent for one for my birthday (3rd August) and I am still waiting for it. When she telephoned them, Priory said something about having to send stock back to the suppliers (?) because of faulty packaging. John
  15. No, I'm afraid I haven't. I had assumed that this would have to remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of the universe as, having 'resurrected' the thread once, I was reluctant to do so again in case it might be seen as bad mannered. I am very grateful to you for doing that on my behalf (not that I am suggesting that you are bad mannered of course)! This question is still niggling me, but I do not wish to mither Richard or anyone else who may be in the know as I am sure they are busy people with more important things to do. You may be assured that, should I happen to find the answer elsewhere I shall apprise you of it here. In the meantime, my bet is that it is adjacent to the Great chests with the longest five or six pipes mitred. Best wishes John
  16. The unenclosed Choir used to be at a lower level behind the console, speaking through the grilles at the front. Is this still the case? John
  17. I'd love to. One day fairly soon, I hope. John
  18. Perhaps it could be restored. I know of a chap in Saltaire who is into that sort of thing. I remember seeing a makers plaque on the instrument, but cannot remember who this was. Perhaps it is of some historical value. John
  19. I hope I may be excused for resurrecting this thread in the hope that Richard may notice it. This is something of particular interest to me. John
  20. Go on, what does the word 'Washington' mean, when pronounced in French? I'm intrigued. John
  21. We shall have to agree to differ here, then. Whenever I hear someone say 'Jemshorn', it conjures up a mental image of a diamond-studded organ pipe. Personally, I can manage German and French names quite well (without sounding like the policeman from 'Allo Allo'), and Spanish and Italian to an extent. On the other hand, when faced with a Polish specification I am obliged to give up completely! Try these (from Oliwa): Flet poprzeczny 4' Regal skrzypcowy 4' (how anyone can pronounce a ten-letter word containing but one vowel is beyond me!) John
  22. Yes, but I didn't know that at the time. Once written, I don't think it is possible to change the title under 'Edit', only the content. John
  23. A minor point, perhaps, but I am renowned for being pedantic. I'd just like everyone to know that I typed 'III' in the title of the thread, not 'Iii'. One of these annoying automatic correction things like those which abound in MS Word. I know what I want to say and I don't need a jumped-up box of wires to tell me!!! John
  24. Just watched, on BBC2 this evening, an episode from Series III. The organ was Amorbach Abbey. Earlier this year Richard McVeigh informed us that Series III was still in the editing stage, but obviously this has now been completed. I would like to buy the DVD when it becomes available, but Googling it produced no joy. Has anyone heard anything about availability of Series III yet? John
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