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Pierre Lauwers

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  • Birthday 23/12/1958

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    Profondeville, Belgium
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    Collector of old garden roses (pre-1900). Organ building and history<br />of the romantic organ.<br />My interest for the organ arose while visiting England, hearing english choral music "live".<br />After the collapse of the "Plenum" french Forum, I launched<br />a new one, "Organographia".

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  1. It is simply that when you find a tracker organ which has not been serviced since 50 years, you can not try it without the help of an organ-builder first. Granted: I won't disturb any more with my weird experience. Best wishes to all, Pierre
  2. I simply report what I found on the field. Here is an example of a little pneumatic Link organ: And when you find one, left alone since many years, if you can start the blower, you go through the notes, the register knobs, about 20' in order to awake it somewhat, you can try it. It works approximately, out of tune indeed, but it works. A pypical restoration of such an organ is thorough cleaning and re-leathering of the action parts, and that's it. Pierre
  3. There is another interesting example here: http://sites.google.com/site/jjbridoux/egl...oussu%5Bbois%5D Small as it may be, and without maintenance since many decades, this organ is still great in Brahms. It sounds like a normal 30-stops organ, while built more solid than a nuclear plant concrete chamber. Of course, the action is pneumatic (otherwise, it would be unplayable after so many years without maintenance). The pictures are from my visit there with Mr Wohlleb, Managing director of Gebrüder Link. We paid much attention to the original tierce mixture. You can see a pipe from the tierce rank, which is built after the Spitzflöte manner. Pierre
  4. There is even no need to go for a romantic stop, the true baroque ones can give exactly the same effect, without Tschack-Tschack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovFjxHj7PxE Pierre
  5. Indeed, agreed ! I never forgot the (leathered) I in W... played Solo as well . Pierre
  6. He he he.....And if you want the real thing, something like Prinzipal 8' + Viola di Gamba 8' + Traversflöte 8' on a Trost organ. Pierre
  7. Suffice to ask, MM: (This is a Beuchet-Debierre organ. There are not only ACC organs in France). If we absolutely needed to "rank" the merits of the organ-builders like the rating agencies play to to with countries, let me only say this: I would not rank Cavaillé-Coll as the first one for the 19th century. But as this presents an interest close to nihil, "don't ask, (I) don't tell "! Pierre
  8. "Widor, Vierne, Tournemire, Dupré, Langlais, Messiaen...." (Quote) All french composers ! Of course this is à la mode. But what about Reger, Elgar, etc ? The fashions have the drawback that they tend to delete all save their Lieblings of the very moment.... Pierre
  9. Another video with the Gebrüder Link organ of the Pauluskirche in Ulm: Pierre
  10. The ranking manic, an heritage of the Neo-Baroque period (1: Schnitger. 2): Dom Bédos. 3): Silbermann. The rest: to be either binned or "bettered" according to one of the 3) seems to begin to be questionned..... There were indeed several dozens of outstanding builders in Cavaillé-Coll's period. Many are less well known, built fewer organs, but those left nothing to be desired in comparison. In France (Merklin, Ghys, Dalstein & Haerpfer, Rinckenbach, to name but a few) in Britain and Germany of course, The Netherlands, Dennmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg.... Not to forget the U.S. ! Pierre
  11. Here is a 1911 Mascioni organ whose pneumatic action with membrane chest is described as very accurate, quick and reliable: Pierre
  12. Oh, it was just intended for you, so that you wouldn't ! (Who said "anyway"?) Pierre
  13. Ah, Howells -a case!- Halas the recording quality is very bad, but here is a video posted yesterday: Denmark also joins the move.... And of course, S-S Wesley had to come with: Pierre
  14. A new video from today: Pierre
  15. I posted this on FB, where it got quite a number of "likes" from the continent, but also the US: (I had a dozen cassettes with such things in my company cars. They had to be replaced each year because of wear. The cassettes, not the cars). Pierre
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