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  1. Bump - in case anyone wanted to follow that ebay listng - at time of writing it has four hours to go. In the mean time, Hauptwerk has even started to generate work for pipe organ builders; no less revered a name than Bernard Aubertin has built a console modelled directly on Clicquot's at Souvigny specifically for Hauptwerk, complete with tracker key action and mechanical stops, a shove coupler, a short octave, a French-style short pedal board etc -see here for a demonstration.
  2. Ouch, I hadn't realised they'd pulled it, thanks for the update. I'll correct my post.
  3. Tony Newnham is right to mention GrandeOrgue (note that some see it as a rip-off of Hauptwerk, but let's not get into that; I've certainly used it in the past so am in no position to criticise!). In response I just wanted to flag that Hauptwerk too has a free license tier [CORRECTION: it used to have a free tier before V5 but doesn't now, thanks DHM] which, though limiting in some respects (numbers of stops being the most obvious), could well be enough to get you going for a 2-man practice organ. I've managed to get it to load some nice free / cheap sample sets including [most of] Menest
  4. Surprised the Hauptwerk organ sampling software hasn't been mentioned yet? If you're prepared for a project and have a head for computers/electronics/MIDI and woodwork then you could go the hauptwerk route. People have done very cheap things with Ikea tables, gutted roland keyboards, basic PCs, self-wired pedal-boards, touch-screens, behringer studio monitor speakers (or even just headphones) etc. The best sample sets sound much better than the cheapest commercial digital organs (IMO, others might disagree). But a very cheap set-up like that won't look pretty, and it can be a long journey
  5. The Braga link is fascinating. I cross-checked with my DVD of the Howard Goodall programme and confirm it's the same music - unattributed on the programme listing on Howard Goodall's website (which just says "18c Portugese [sic] Battle Music"). It was played by Kimberly Marshall at Abarca de Campos - a small village church whose 1778 Tadeo Ortega organ was restored, I believe, under the advocacy of Francis Chapelet. It's up on Youtube too if anyone's interested (watch the first ten minutes or so of the episode ... or all of it if you like!):
  6. A quick thought - I wonder if one of the universities might be willing to host the forum (I seem to recall that Emmanuel College Cambridge used to host the NPOR for example). One could argue that there is academically interesting content in it. Or BIOS or the RCO perhaps?
  7. ... and in a not dissimilar style, I hope we can gently flex the off-the-beaten-track rule so that Selby Abbey counts! The 1909 cases were designed by John Oldrid Scott (assisted by Arthur Hill I believe), who was (deep breath, try not to get it wrong this time) son of Sir George Gilbert Scott, brother of George Gilbert Scott Jr and ... er ... uncle of Giles Gilbert Scott. Right?
  8. Another pretty good Victorian facade is Thorney Abbey in Cambridgeshire. The current parish church is the remaining nave of a large monastic church; the organ sits in a transept which I think is either a 19th or a 20th century addition to the building. The Nave has a very strange-looking ceiling - does anyone know if it's a tent or is it solid (eg plaster)? Is it temporary? The organ is pretty historic btw (BIOS Cert) and has had quite a few builders work on it. The cases are either by Bevington or Bryceson, 1858, though NPOR says the organ was originally on the West gallery, div
  9. Maybe if the blower intake was next to someone infected who was coughing into it? It's not April 1 is it?
  10. From the monstrous to the diminutive - this one divides opinion but I must admit I'm an admirer - St Martin-le-Grand, Coney Street, York. I find it refreshing.
  11. Another find - the seven-manual console of the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City These 360 panoramas seem to have become more and more popular in the last couple of years. What do people use to make them? I had a feature on my phone where I could stitch lots of photos into one panorama, but it was very fiddly, took ages and the results were often very poor. There must be a better way? I wouldn't mind making a few myself! Re. the Echo organ at Hexham, I seem to recall reading somewhere it was retained as a tax-efficient measure, to prevent having to pay VAT on the Phelps because with
  12. As far as I know, nothing ever came of this scheme? I know little of the Cathedral but remember dire headlines about its finances a few years ago. A pity if the idea has been shelved - it seemed like a sensible plan to me. Also I wonder if anyone knows, has the removal of the asbestos ceiling a couple of years ago changed the acoustics? For the better?
  13. Brilliant spot on the Doncaster links. Dafydd and Andrew, don't forget that street view gives you a very 'fish eye' view by default, which can skew your perception of perspective and distance quite badly. If you zoom in (use mouse wheel or black buttons in the bottom right) then you can see less of the building at once but the organ doesn't look so far away!
  14. From the Southwell Minster website (I'd guess this is written by Paul Hale?): Possibly Mr Hale might be along to fill us in, but surely the crowding in the case was also a factor, along with the soundboard layout? Was the old Great under the Swell box perhaps? I think the old choir was enclosed, so there were two biggish swell boxes in there - did that box the great in? Was the great masked by 16ft basses inside the case perhaps? Another difference re York, Lincoln and Ripon is that the pulpitum is much higher WRT the arch it's under at Southwell, so there is hardly any height
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