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John Robinson

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  1. Brian, I hope you didn't think I meant you when I referred to 'sum'n on't site'. I'm not going to say who, of course. Think about it! I'd just like to add that none of my posts involve intentional personal animosity against anyone, although I have been told that I do have a rather dry sense of humour. Also, I can laugh at myself and really don't mind too much what people may say about me. But Yorkshiremen, tight-fisted? Come on! Generally, you should take anything I say with a pinch of salt! John
  2. Nay, lad! Tha'll not rile me as easily as sum'n on't site! 'Course ah knew tha were talkin about flyin as in usin't aerofoils to support't weight, but ah were just tryin to be pedantic, like. Hope ah didn't rile thee ta much! Besides, yon sayin's perfectly true, though ah don't know who made it up, like. John
  3. My car can't move backwards as quickly as it can forwards! Sadly, it cannot move sideways, which I would certainly find an advantage when parking! For God's sake let's return to organs now! John
  4. Yes, it can. And sideways. How do you think it can position itself for vertical landing? But I think we should get back to organs - much more interesting! John
  5. Vox Flatularis 32' I prefer not to go into the whys and wherefores
  6. You mean that WE contributed something to the war effort? That's very hard to believe considering what is portrayed in the Hollywood war films I have seen. Perhaps the efforts of the Russians, amongst many others, may have helped a little? My apologies. This is an ORGAN forum, after all. John
  7. Very interesting. Just a quick question: Why did Bach live for another 22 years? It can't have been on account of our world-beating NHS, as it hadn't been conceived yet. Possibly because, having married Buxtehude's daughter who, apparently, had a face like a bag of spanners (I didn't know this as I never met her), he didn't go on to have thirteen children? John
  8. Many thanks. Most interesting. I'm pleased to see so many mutations, including three sevenths and two ninths, although I'm not so sure about all manual divisions, bar one, being enclosed. It is interesting that high pressure tubas seem to be becoming more and more popular on the continent. I know Klais has produced several over the past few years. I wonder whether the Royal Trumpet will bear any resemblance to the Mander ones at St Paul's. Of course the BBC will never countenance anything like this, but we all know their attitude to the organ. John
  9. [i think that the best and most useful Quintaton that I ever came across, was a re-voiced Libelich Gedackt by Brindley & Foster. The re-voicing by Hill, Norman & Beard was ingenious, and involved little more than tacking pieces of plywood onto the existing mouth with glue and panel-pins! MM <{POST_SNAPBACK}> And opening the foot holes, perhaps? John
  10. I quite agree. The Trompette Militaire at St Paul's sounds superior to me, but better still are the Royal Trumpets - the best sounding stops of their kind that I have ever heard. How much of this is as a result of the acoustical difference between the two buildings, I don't know. John
  11. I agree that a quint mixture on this instrument, on its own, will not instantly transform it into a 'Bach organ'. Nevertheless, it is nice to have at least one pure quint mixture on an instrument, as well as tierce mixtures, if nothing else to provide that sort of sound for the sake of variety. I'm sure it is not the case that the English Romantics never made quint mixtures. By the way, More Dull Strings, are you not perhaps the erstwhile Leathered Lips under another name?! John
  12. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is still there, though disconnected. However, my information may well be out of date and it has possibly been sold on or scrapped. I must say that I can't really see any reason to keep it there. Hopefully, Mr Mander will let us know.
  13. Sorry, I thought you said Great Organ. I was wondering what a family of dulcianas would be doing on that manual. As to the usefulness of a family of dulcianas, I can see a purpose on a secondary manual as an echo to the Great but, apart from the largest instruments, I think there are probably far more useful stops with more interesting voices.
  14. That little button marked 'shift' will allow the typing of capital letters, if required!
  15. Actually, I think they were on the Choir organ (unenclosed section). I'm sure the replacements (Positive section) proved to be much more useful.
  16. Or York Minster. What's the betting that Liverpool Cathedral will add another stop or two in the fulness of time? One-upmanship was the done thing in the era of Victorian town hall organs and I'm all for it! John
  17. It's just a 32' trombone - what's in a name? Perhaps the builders/organist/consultant don't like the present 32'reed or think that a new one would fulfil the task better. Maybe at least the resonators are to be re-used: I would have thought that throwing out such expensive hardware and replacing it with something quite similar would suggest that someone has money to burn! John
  18. I fully agree. Personally, I find listening to individual stops, or perhaps two or three at the most, fascinating. On the other hand, I would like to hear at least one piece in a recital played tutti with 32' reed (if present). The key, as you have said, is variety of sounds as well as variety of musical style. John
  19. But I like French baroque organ music (with all its fiddly trills and twiddles), especially if the instrument supports it. There's not going to be any definitive answer to this question, of course, as we all have different tastes. To me, that is the main attraction of the organ: no two instruments are alike - such a great diversity of styles and sounds. John
  20. Messaien = stay at home and watch Coronation Street. I know he has an enthusiastic following but, to me, letting my cat wander ad lib over the keyboards would sound more musical. John
  21. Yes, it definitely was 1972; I have just checked. Three things happen to you when you get old (me, not you!): you begin to lose your memory... ... ... I can't remember the other two... Going back to the schwimmer subject, a long time ago I was at a recital in the (then new) Huddersfield University concert hall - the one in the converted church - where the organist stopped the recital briefly for the schwimmers to be adjusted for a particular piece, I think to make the wind less steady. I can't remember any other details, but the procedure took only a few minutes. They were adjusted internally, not from the console. I think it may have been Dame Gillian performing, but when you get old you begin to lose your... oh, I just said that, didn't I?
  22. Yes, I do believe you're right! Sorry!
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