Ian Ball Posted September 14, 2007 Share Posted September 14, 2007 Have just spent a happy 2 hours registering Saint-Saens and Wagner on Bristol's Colston Hall organ: Solo strings 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, Cornet des Violes; French Horn; seering hot Orchestral Trumpet; subs and supers galore; Open Woods you can actually use, 32' reed to die for...sheer bliss. Took me right back to my postgrad year at Manchester Cathedral - surely this is the sister organ, but with a much finer/bigger Great chorus. Shame about the 16, 8, 4 Trombas tho - not on a par with Redcliffe. Perhaps the pressure's too low? On top of full Gt & Sw choruses it's just like adding a cloying leathered diapason. Good on their own but pretty useless otherwise. Better to use the Solo Orch Trumpet with sub & super as Gt reeds - awesome - and a perfect balance for the mixtures. Shame too about the console - battered, scratched and unloved. Must be worth at least £40K alone? If this were in Germany or the US, it would have a padded cover and be treated with as much respect as a concert Steinway. Anyway, if anyone's about: Sept 25th - featuring members of Bristol & District Organists Association; 7.30pm; FREE admission. This organ deserves wider attention! Ian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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