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Jonathan Lane

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Thank you Marc, I suspected SA might lead the field! Do you know if there is a list? Its really just ideal curiosity.
  5. 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
  6. Seems remarkably good value for money!
  7. 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 completed. Being Pedal, Great, Swell, Choir (not installed), Solo (partly installed) and a Choir Pedal (not installed). I will in due course send a specification to NPOR, as planned and as completed. The pipework and the main chests are secondhand, with much of the pipework being of very high quality. The rest was added new, and did a good job for a while. I saw the organ first last year when I agreed to buy it, and then we removed it between April 20 and April 29 this year, up scaffolding, as it was on the gallery with absolutely no access. The scaffolding was a God-send as was the electric winch, there would have been no other way of getting the organ down. I have posted photos of the removal on my facebook account. https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.lane.756/media_set?set=a.10152932595363717.1073741851.576728716&type=3 The organ ceased to work in 2014 due to a fire in one of the blowers. This was why Cousans tuning contract would have been cancelled. The church is lovely, and the people fantastic. Fr Mark, the church wardens and helpers from the church were most hospitable and very keen to make our task as comfortable as possible. We were there on a Sunday, and consequently, we were invited to sing with the choir. The people were lovely. There was an article in the Nuneaton News, which was a full page and good coverage of the story, although I must say, there was no way I used the word 'quite' quite so often!! http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Churchgoers-bid-farewell-organ/story-26375319-detail/story.html It is sad in some ways that the organ has been lost, but it was a mongrel and nothing special, so of no historical interest. the electronic replacement is more than adequate for their needs, however, I would always urge to repair or replace with a pipe organ if at all possible.
  8. 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
  9. 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 it sounded very fine!) Congratulations to Goetze and Gwynn for a fine addition to their Opus and to organ building in England. Jonathan
  10. 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
  11. 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 suspect there may never be a new pipe organ at Pershore because the funds could never be justified. The organ I have designed would be in the c. £600K bracket, and with rising prices for metal and timber this is probably now out of date. However, one can dream! Jonathan
  12. 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 using cases at triforium level at the east end. Jonathan
  13. You mean like the ones who regularly have to recall their cars because of often dangerous faults!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. Thanks Tony, As is often the case i thought you might know these things. I've used the DBOB as a starting point already, but the other references I am sure will be helpful. Best wishes, Jonathan
  19. Does anyone have detailed informtion on the Positive Organ Company, especially while the operated under this name. I saw an organ yesterday and there is no date on the organ and no reference to its age. It is believed to be 1914 and therefore is coming up on its centenery. It has an Opus number so I am keen to find out more. For instance, who ended up with their records/papers? Thanks, Jonathan
  20. Another Willis, the 1889 at Holy Trinity, West Hill, Wandsworth. And down the road, the c. 1901 Bishop at All Saints.
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