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Sandy Edmonstone

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  1. An N.B. to this wonderful column. I look after the fine 3 manual in St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Aberdeen which sounds quite wonderful. All 3 manuals now have mechanical action, and the new pedal trombone is thrilling. However I would invite any reading this to visit Dunkeld Cathedral in Perthshire. At the entrance to the side door, (in the bone-yard), there is the Conacher family burial plot. Both brothers are interred there, and it has always been a great source of wonder to me when I walk past the gravestone that they were the sons of a Perthshire farmer. Replies please
  2. On a completely unrelated topic, I wonder how many of you know the name of Ivor Norridge, whose funeral took place in Edinburgh this week. I only ask as he was my boss in Edinburgh for 2 inglorious years under the Rushworth and Dreaper label. However I remember him telling me many tales of Frank Geiger,( or was it Gieger ?? ) but would be fascinated to know more. He worked in London at the very end of the Compton company, and certainly was a fine tuner and an extremely talented pianist.
  3. Dear Barry, Thank you so much for your reply. You have hit the nail squarely on the head. It seems that in Aberdeen, oil is the most important thing to worship !!! I suspect that all these wonderfully made reeds (complete with brass wedges) and everything else will be sent to the scrapyard. I do wonder when people will wake up and see their heritage before it is too late. On another matter Aberdeen also houses a nearly working Compton cinema organ, once again in great danger of destruction. The Hull organ I have played, and agree with you entirely. ( Incidentally, did you ever
  4. Although I may appear to be a "new boy" I have been reading for years these pages. A relatively new computer has not helped one bit as all previous details of this project have been lost. However, I am making an appeal, as for years I maintained a wonderful Compton (3 man/Pedal) in Aberdeen, St Nicholas Church. Due to a re-development plan and the need to excavate for historical reasons the entire internal church floor, I was invited to remove the console which was downstairs, many hundreds of feet from the organ proper in the gallery. This was duly done but ten years later many th
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