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John Robinson

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  1. Can I assume that the sarcophagus was present to prevent extraneous sounds (audience?) being picked up by the microphones?
  2. Good point. I have in mind the organ in the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, which fits the bill. I, too, have only ever seen the electric console in use. Some organists maintain that the use of a mechanical action console gives them the opportunity to 'feel' the pallets which, I suppose, must be true. But how important is this, I wonder? Obviously, mechanical actions are to be found in early historical instruments, but are they necessary or even desirable in modern instruments? As I'm not an organist, I'm not in a position to know!
  3. Thank you very much for that. I have copied the link as it is far too long for me to read now, but I look forward to giving it my full attention when I have time.
  4. Perhaps the development and existence of modern materials (eg, very thin wood or plastic(?) for trackers) is an additional advantage for modern builders compared to their earlier predecessors.
  5. Certainly, Klais seems to have built many organs and continues to do so today. I'm not too sure about Rieger, but that's a distinct possibility.
  6. Some interesting pictures here: http://www.harrisonorgans.com/gallery/york-minster/# showing work being done on restoring some of the front pipes which, I think, date from 1831.
  7. An interesting question about the reeds, John Furse. I'm sure Robert will enlighten us. As for the Voce Umana, I assume it was given that name as the Italian stop of the same name is a principal in tone (rather than string). Not that the English stop here would have quite the same sound as Italian principals, they being on very low pressure for one thing. The Voce Umana was a detuned (flat, I think) open diapason and worked as such when drawn with the Violin Diapason (as was).
  8. That's appalling. What possible advantage did the criminal think he'd gain by doing so much damage? Had that been in the UK, he'd have received one of those 'suspended sentence' things that seem to be so popular these days.
  9. Thank you, Robert. The changes to the two Swell open diapasons is a little more complicated than I thought! However, your explanation clarifies matters completely. The end result of the 'Violin Diapasons' bringing on BOTH stops makes a great deal of sense, but was not clear in Harrisons' list. So many display pipes being restored to speech is, I think, very welcome and will also, presumably, have the benefit of creating a little more room inside the case!
  10. I've been in Vienna for several days, so have lost touch with discussions on this subject. However, I'm catching up and am pleased to see that there are a number of people who continue to find the developments of this organ particularly interesting. Incidentally, I saw that the long out-of-use west-end organ (of about 120 stops) in the Stephansdom is presently being restored to use at a cost of 1 million Euros. I did notice that all of the visible pipes had been removed, and the console is being displayed on the church floor, presumably to help elicit financial support from visitors. What
  11. I have just dug out a booklet which I must have had stashed away for over twenty years (I have a policy of never throwing things away, much to my wife's despair): 'The Organs of York Minster' by various authors/contributors. ISBN 0 9521539 7 1. I'm not sure whether this publication is still obtainable, but I do think it has some very interesting and informative content which might appeal to others with the same interest as myself. I found it interesting to compare the 1931 Harrison scheme (p21 et seq) with the new proposals as discussed on this site. Pushing my luck even further I
  12. Yet more fascinating and illuminating information. Thank you Robert. "In 2012, we reinstated the 7 1/4 inches pressure for this flue chorus after 52 years, and the results (only affecting the 4’, 2’ and III) were spectacular. The cut-ups had not been altered in 1960 and the pipes seemed happy once again to be speaking at the place they had originally been designed for." I had no idea about this. 7 1/4" for flues is not too far short of that in Liverpool Cathedral, and that is for the highest pressure double-languid pipes. That surely makes a difference already, and when the new Op
  13. Again, my thanks for this additional information. The more I read about this rebuild, the more I begin to understand the good sense and foresight in the forthcoming changes. I recall a statement by Francis Jackson (though despite much searching I am unable to locate the source) in which, talking about the 1960 changes under his watch, he describes feeling the loss of some of the voices that were disposed of at that time, but assures the reader that if the decisions made are well thought-out the results are usually found to be beneficial. I'm sure that that will prove to be the case afte
  14. Thank you, Robert, and I'm grateful for your provision of additional information not available in the Harrison's statement. It may be evident to some that I have had an almost inordinate interest in the York Minster organ for many years, at least since as a young lad in the 1960s when my school music teacher, Keith Rhodes, played us a recording of the very impressive Tuba Mirabilis. To quote you, "The H&H document also says, 'the layout will be conservatively revised, allowing the waisted lower part of the case once again to be visible.'  This involves moving the Solo swell box (whi
  15. For those interested, Harrison & Harrison have now published their intended specification for the organ at York Minster following their current alterations: http://www.harrisonorgans.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/York-Minster-Specification-Final-Version-AS.pdf They have stated that they would like to restore the organ to how it sounded after their earlier work in 1931, hoping to make the organ more powerful, yet more coherent in sound. There is, of course, a situation at present where the organ is rather lacking in power when heard from the nave. Personally, guessing from the
  16. Yes, I also use Character Map, although there are a large number of 'pages' to search through in order to find exactly what you want. I have changed settings in MS Word so that the button to the left of the number 1 button (I don't know what it's called!) can type ö by pressing it alone, ü by using shift and the (unnamed) button, and ä by using Alt Gr along with the button. Very useful and time-saving if you use the characters regularly. Of course, other alternative characters are just as easy to set up using word options/proofing/auto correct/replace text as you type. I suppose y
  17. Why couldn't they have removed the pipes (and the rest) before they started pulling the ceiling down?
  18. Yes, very sad. The second organ LP I ever bought (back in the '60s) was Noel Rawsthorne playing at Liverpool Cathedral.
  19. Good news. I had a good look at that forum (orgel-information) and found it very interesting. I have bookmarked it and intend to visit again. It is fortunate for me, as my German is very basic indeed, that Google Translate works very well with that site and I find it really quite easy to understand. I'd hesitate to post there, though, as if I tried to post in German (either by using Google Translate or stumbling along on my own!) I'd like as not be misunderstood. For now, anyway, I shall just 'lurk'!
  20. I would certainly value more input from organ enthusiasts in Germany, and other countries, as my interest in organs extends beyond as well as within the UK.
  21. Yes, I know. I'm being greedy. But how about some foreign organs for a change? Sorry, Priory! Edited: I'm afraid I added my text to Quentinbellamy's quote! Sorry.
  22. And people wonder why so many young people have little more than grunts and swear words these days, and don't get me on to the subject of written English! Sorry. Off-topic.
  23. Call me old fashioned, but I still think of counties as they were pre-1974. The 'traditional' counties. I believe the 'new county' boundaries were only put in place for political reasons!
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