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John Robinson

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  1. You should have modulated up a couple of notes and made her struggle!
  2. That's a damn sight more than I can do! I'm good at listening, though. 😀
  3. I, too, have all 14 of the prior(sorry!) Priory DVDs. My trouble and strife keeps asking me what I want for Christmas, to which I can never think of any sensible reply (socks and handkerchieves now bursting out of my drawers) so this latest DVD has come as a godsend. As well as enjoying listening to the music, I have found these DVDs particularly interesting as a means of comparing several organs with regard to their tonal attributes and (as a non-organist) further enlightening myself as to the characteristics of different stops. This latter point is most easily accomplished by listenin
  4. Me too. As I am neither an organist nor an organ builder (though I wish - too late now), I'm afraid I cannot speak with any authority on organ matters. I can, of course, ask questions and seek advice from more knowledgeable people on this forum. If it's of any help, I'll see what I can come up with!
  5. I have noticed such things on other web sites, so may I suggest a way around the problem? I often type out a reply, particularly if it is to be fairly extensive, in Word. Then I am at liberty to jump about all over the place (with regard to exploring other web sites, etc.), and the genesis of my future post remains intact! It's just a simple matter of copying and pasting into the 'submit reply' box, or whatever.
  6. Our loss is their gain! Seriously, though, I'm glad to hear of British organs finding homes in other European countries. After all, we have adopted sounds from Europe over many decades and it's nice to know that British sounds are finding favour over there too. Tubas seem to be in favour these days too.
  7. Well, thank you - all three of you! ? I shall certainly send for a copy.
  8. Thanks for that. I was about to send for a copy when I noticed on the web page it says it is in Dutch. Perhaps I have missed something, or is it possible to ask for a copy in English?
  9. Whilst I would support that, I'm afraid we as a country are lacking in the continuing fervent interest in the organ as found in such places as Germany and the Netherlands. They seem to have new organs springing up all over the place! I don't know exactly why that should be, but that is the impression I get anyway.
  10. Fortunately, not yet a universal attitude! Leeds Town Hall, for example.
  11. I remember visiting Santa Engracia when we were there a few years ago. A very attractive organ but, when I asked the custodian (I think), I was told that it was not in playable condition. A shame.
  12. That makes a lot of sense, but it is also a fact that many churches have only recently taken on the appellation of 'minster'.
  13. Interestingly, it seems that an increasing number of churches are becoming 'minsters'! I don't suppose the new name implies any real practical difference to the building or the establishment, though I could be wrong.
  14. An interesting point, I agree. Also, what interests me is the comparison of a pipe organ crescendo pedal with the crescendo pedal of an electronic organ. I know that the former (like a 'walze') brings on - or off - stops individually or perhaps in groups. I know little of electronic organs, but is it not the case that a crescendo pedal on that sort of instrument would simply act like a volume control knob? Of course, I realise I may be completely wrong, but I suspect that was the case with early electronics, like Hammonds for example. If so, the sound variation would be not the same.
  15. I can see a happy sleeping monkey as plain as the nose on your face.
  16. I suppose that a non-speaking front could comprise a reflecting board with false pipes in front simply for appearances sake. Expensive, though.
  17. I suppose that this might be due to a reduction in interest in the Christian religion these days. A similar situation, as I'm sure many are aware, is the amalgamation of three dioceses in Yorkshire: Ripon, Wakefield and Bradford, to form a single diocese which I believe is now called the Diocese of Leeds. A fair decision, I suppose, in order not to suggest the pre-eminence of any one of the three constituent parts. There still remain three cathedrals, though... for now!
  18. Hear hear. A sign of the times, I'm afraid. How much longer before we return to common sense?
  19. I'm sure I posted a response to this post, but it seems to have gone.
  20. To be honest, I wouldn't expect a layman to know the difference between a pipe and a stop. Many seem to think that the pipes they see in the case are the sum total. It can be quite humorous really, like the woman at the recital of the new Manchester Cathedral organ who asked me where the loudspeakers were!
  21. Perhaps the flues are the ones having gone out of tune!
  22. Hopefully, many churches remain relatively cool even in this hot weather. I have even been known to set foot in one just to escape the heat, even if there isn't an organ recital in progress.
  23. Great! The more female organists, the better.
  24. Wow, I wouldn't have thought it. You're older than me! Still, I wish you a long and happy retirement.
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