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Jonathan Lane

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  1. I would be happy to take on responsibility through my company, although we would seek some form of fundraising to ensure it is viable, as a small company we probably couldn't afford to pay the full ongoing costs. However, I am open to the idea of saving the forum in its current form.
  2. This is not the evidence I am reading. Shouting caries the droplets much further, but singing (properly, and I'm not saying all choirs do so) does not send them as far as loud speaking, such as reading a lesson. However, it is developing science!
  3. This is really very sad. Manders led the way through the second half of the Twentieth century with restorations of war damage and then some very fine new organs across the world.
  4. Indeed, the next few years are going to be tough for the church and choral music. I am not sure it is the case at Sheffield that politics or finances have anything to do with it but rather a desire to be the best in the UK, which has been somewhat elusive of late for the cathedral's music. Personally, I think they are taking the wrong approach by disbanding the choir and starting again, especially in regards to the children (boys), who will suffer the effects on their mental health for the rest of their lives. The double whammy is actually a triple whammy, because the world was going into rece
  5. So the Dean is concerned that there are one or two people at Evensong, well so am I, but, the purpose of Choral EVensong is to offer worship to God, not put bums on seats, but as he said later there are difficulties with the time, so a solution without disbandment is possible. To answer his specific points: "It was very encouraging that contributions to consultation showed broad agreement. To summarise the the findings: we want a choir that is full--which has not been the case for some time - Already identified as caused partly by the limited schoolaccess, widen it.
  6. On the subject of three phase rectifiers, can anyone supply me with a data sheet or instructions on how to change the DC output voltage on the unit attached in the photo, or manufacturer and model number if you have it. Thanks, Jonathan
  7. I'm a bit confused by your comment, there is a Tierce, so therefore ample means to play both the Cornet Voluntary and the continental repertoire that require the Cornet, as well as other registrations that a Cornet alone would not allow for. Surely the principle reason for the instrument is the accompaniment of the Opus Dei, and as such, the specification appears not only complete but comprehensive. The Mander organ and the Willis organ before that both had a Tierce, but only one.
  8. Thank you all, very useful information. I knew there were people who would know more than me on this subject! As David says, it is very difficult to tell from a stoplist what an actual stop is or how it is configured.
  9. Thank you Marc, I suspected SA might lead the field! Do you know if there is a list? Its really just ideal curiosity.
  10. Ok good people, I am sure there are plenty of you out there with greater knowledge of African organs than I! I would be interested to know how many organs in Africa have true 32' stops, i.e. not Acoustic or Electronic. Stopped or Open 32' flues and 32' reeds. Jonathan
  11. Seems remarkably good value for money!
  12. Very interesting to read these comments, especially as we have just spent ten days at Nuneaton removing the organ! As I haven't been here for a bit I hadn't seen the thread. However, to answer a few questions and in no particular order. The old console was not of high quality and was certainly not a converted drawstop console. I advised complete scrapping, the electrics were old and failing and the console itself was made of poor quality veneer that at 40 years old looked twice its age in real life, even if not so bad in photos. The organ was specified as a four manual, but never
  13. Does anyone have a schematic or operators/installers instruction sheet for these. We're working on one at present and cannot track down a fault. PM me if this is easier. Thanks, Jonathan
  14. Further to Nachthorn's comments I have now had a chance to play this fine new instrument since completion of the pedal reed, the last stop to be completed. We have been taking out the old organ so have managed to both here the organ in the church, including at a wedding, and have a chance to play it. It truly is a very fine example of outstanding British organ building possessing a good clean action, if exacting on the player (which is good of course!) and a beautiful tonal palate designed ideal for most periods of English music and I dare say many more (I played the Widor Toccata on it and
  15. Been out of things for a bit, too busy at work. If you haven't got rid of the magazines yet I will take them! Thanks in advance. Jonathan
  16. In fact the Walker organ of 1940/1971 was only a rebuild of the 1872 Nicholson, see http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N12480 and http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N03721. The latter survey suggests 'Rebuilt incorporating material from the old Nicholson organ of 1872', however, a large amount of the pipework is believed to be Nicholson. The 1971 work is very obvious, partly because it is very recent. When we eventually restore, we will be able to establish how much is Nicholson, however, the evidence so far suggests between 50% and 75%. Sadly, I s
  17. I don't know much about the chamber organ at all, when we took the Nicholson away, it was stored in the parish centre opposite so we only went in the Abbey once or twice. The Nicholson is in store, although the pipes have suffered in being stored in stacked cardboard boxes and flat for 13 years. When the organ finds a new home, we will restore all the pipework, although it is about to be moved to a new storage location, so we may start work on that when there is slack time in the workshop (I wish!) Incidentally, I have a specification for a new organ for the Abbey, totally speculative, but
  18. You mean like the ones who regularly have to recall their cars because of often dangerous faults!
  19. I have yet to find anything that out does the RSCM boxes, two sizes for normal choral music and the full size organ boxes for A4. They are very substantial. Jonathan
  20. Me too! I frequently use a 16' on the manuals in accompaniment and solo work, and find it far more useful to have it in the Swell, although I would prefer one on every division. Jonathan
  21. I have to concur with this. Peter Hurford's first rendition of the complete Bach organ works were a staple diet as an early teen when I first started as an organist (and builder!). Although they went out of fashion later, I still ocassionally put the records on. Hurford was an inspirition to a young player, and I suspect I may not have continued without his playing to aspire to. Many Happy Returns Dr Hurford!
  22. Thanks CTT, that helps narrow the timescale quite a bit. The one we are keen to find out about is 824 and that would fall broadly around 1914 as we believe. It may well have been a year yearlier judging by the January date.
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