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P DeVile

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  1. Awful news that the factory has been destroyed by fire yesterday. Fortunately nobody was killed but one guy got badly burned.
  2. Maybe but I'm not going there and anyway, it is high up in the case and I can't reach it! The organ is in remarkably good fettle and sounds good - some of the stops are a little dated (Pedal 16ft reed is quite unpleasant) - but tunes up well. The one problem that I have is finding the great mixture and odd pedal upperwork pipes out of their holes because the college electricians have to climb into the instrument to change the striplights which surround the blacked out west window.....
  3. One set of bells but two stars. Neither turn any more because the fan-belts both broke and I can't get any replacements!
  4. Ok - definitely not HNBs finest but they were doing what was asked of them by the college. They wanted party horns on next to no wind pressure and being a company who were not used to low pressure mechanical action did what they could. I speak as one who worked on the organ and for a while looked after it. The voicing of the organ (apart from the party horns) was pretty well perfect. To put this into context, the HNB organ is being removed because the chapel is being hugely enlarged so it won't be able to cope. By the way.... Horizontal trumpets have been around for a while and have always been a love 'em or hate' em thing. For me, the best example of them are on the organ of St John's Cambridge. I'm not talking about the 1994 Mander organ because they were installed in 1954 by Hill, Norman and Beard and were experimental because Spanish trumpets were not 'a thing' in English organs. The experiment worked - the organ sounded fabulous ( I know because I was a chorister and was inspired to be an organ builder).
  5. As far as I know the organ will come out in September 2022 and the restored instrument back in ready for Advent 2023.
  6. I can remember holding keys as an apprentice at Holy Trinity Kingsway London which was an HNB organ and had both None and Septieme on the swell. The combined sound was enough to make your fillings fall out..... https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N16499
  7. Another issue with the Swell being audibly slow at the console was because of where it was in the chamber. I was assistant to HNBs MD, Frank Fowler in the London office for 14 months and Dudley Holroyd (who was a great musician etc but could also be a tad awkward...) was convinced that this was due to badly adjusted actions. Frank thought otherwise and so we both went there and hung a microphone in the Swell connected to a small amplifier and headphones. When playing the organ normally, the swell was a fraction behind the great but when he put the headphones on, there was hardly any delay. Headcase will correct me but I think the swell box was behind the arch but the great under or in front.
  8. A small amount of Methylated spirits on a cloth is sufficient to wipe over keys and stop knobs but never soak them. Peter
  9. I was told that the critics loved the Liszt recording but someone said that of course the Albert Hall organ should never be used for Bach. She responded by including the St Anne P and F in her next LP. I have digitised (is that a word??) and put it here: P
  10. If you missed today's Bridgewater hall recital on youtube by Jonathan Scott - here it is: P
  11. Having a quick mooch on their website found this page: https://www.skrabl.co.uk/small-organs.asp
  12. I bought one of her LPs at a recital she gave in 1978 which she signed. 'Jennifer Bate plays Liszt at the Royal Albert Hall' which I absolutely loved, especially her totally bonkers performance of Ad Nos which to my delight found on youtube a bit earlier today: P
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