Guest Cynic Posted July 31, 2007 Share Posted July 31, 2007 Having just done (in a couple of days) a major round trip (800+ miles) dropping off and picking up items of mutual interest to/from some seriously obsessed organ feinds (? friends) one is forcefully aware of how many rescued/cobbled-up pipe organs there are lurking in UK homes. These are frequently hidden away almost completely. I know for instance of a very impressive four-manual (20+ ranks) near Evesham that has been a-building for several years and I'm about the only outsider that has ever seen/heard/played it! At the other end of the scale, I recently sat down in a clergyman's house in Oxfordshire to try an utterly gorgeous 'quasi-16th century German' one-manual. I noticed on one of the USA forums (?fora?) that there was a section for those with house organs. Here, what I had in mind was that if we only knew who else was constructing things, maybe we wouldn't be throwing away quite so much stuff, or (even more important) wasting time looking for materials/methods that are not actually as hard-to-come-by as the trade would sometimes have us believe. I was told, for instance, that proper colour-coded pvc-covered cable was hard to come by and as a result had a few sections bodged up with odd cast-off lengths when (now I know where to go) this stuff is actually quite reasonable to buy new and readily available. Because of space restrictions (even with a lot of room, it still fills up) I am still regularly disposing of things where I am perfectly sure that someone, somewhere would have a use for them. I have (for example) a tatty but small-scale Bourdon bass on my drive now that will in two hours time be in a skip at the local amenity. I am about to trash a newish (but not completely standard) concave and radiating pedalboard too, any day now. Dear readers, I invite anyone interested in sharing info/materials/the pleasures of this sport to contact me (on or off site) and maybe we can work out a decent network for those engaged in projects. P.S. Those with completed house organs - do you want a (fairly) unbiased outsider to write-up your instrument for a magazine? I ask because a series of little articles on these instruments would (I am absolutely sure) find a ready home. I'd do it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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