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Dave Lazoe

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  1. Hopefully I am not the only one who thinks this is neither "excellent" nor "exciting" news? A very sad situation as far as I am concerned! And: very creative writing on the account of the cathedral officials (on the Catheral's website): "(But,) over the years, the musicians have managed to make it sound like a silk purse, even if it continues to look like a sow’s ear". So, the only reason the organ ever sounded "like a silk purse" was due to the musicians, and not to the instrument itself. Quite an insult to its designer and builder! And, as far as the "looks" of the instrum
  2. There was an organbuilder in The Netherlands working in the 1950's using the name Melodia Orgelfabriek. The owner of this firm was Cornelis Verweijs. The quality of work in their pipe organ was very mediocre (and that's an understatement). Maybe there is a link? Dave Lazoe.
  3. "If new organs aren't commissioned, then organ-building firms will go bust, won't they?" (Quote) That is not what I meant. There are many hopeless organs around that can be replaced by better (new) instruments. But that is (in my opinion) not the case in Manchester cathedral. Besides, maintenance to existing organs also keep organ-building firms going. There is also the possibilty to keep, use and respect the Harrison & Harrison organ, and buy a new organ, made especially for the repertoire for which the present instrument is not suitable. You can have the best of both worlds (tho
  4. A new organ, WHY? In the present financial climate? I have heard this Harrison & Harrison organ several times, and each time it stole my heart. Maybe it is not their best instrument, but (to me) it seems ideal for this building (with its very organ unfriendly acoustics). WHY the need for a new organ, please read the description of the present organ on Manchester Cathedral's own website: http://www.manchestercathedral.org/content/view/57/197/ "Whilst this organ is not full appreciated by many who regard it as "out of fashion", it is a good example of Harrison's post-war Romant
  5. Pierre, I have checked this, the wind pressure on which this stop speaks is 110 Mm. It is on Manual 2 (Schwellwerk), all the stops of this manual speak on 90 Mm, except for the two reeds and the Syntematophon, which are on 110 Mm. Regarding the history of this very interesting organ: there is a book available called "Orgelreform in Nederland:, published by the Walburg Pers / Stichting Monumentaal Walcker-orgel Doesburg / Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg. It was published in 2003 and is still available, if you are interested. I know the organist of the church very well, so if you
  6. Fortunately there is at least one other example of a Synt(h)ematophon known and in use. The 1914-16 Walcker organ of the Grote Kerk in Doesburg (built for the Nieuwe Zuiderkerk in Rotterdam) has such a stop, still speaking on its original chest and pressure. Any other examples known?
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