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I never met a specification so close to my own view of a post-romantic

multicultural organ.

The french side is present; the british side, though slightly hidden,

is present. Add some german soft stops, a Fernwerk, and that's it

(but not in that one, of course!)



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....Even more daring -deserves a close look- waôw!




Even the Solo resembles somewhat a true one. And those two

Open Diapasons ?




This is a really interesting scheme, Pierre. As you note above and below, there are a number of slightly unusual features - such as the two Open Diapason ranks (and the two Contrebasse stops - unless this is simply the same set of pipes with two different wind pressures?). The Grosse Quinte on the G.O. is virtually unique (allowing for the fact that this is really an organ by Mutin). The design of the Solo Organ is also interesting - and with one or two surprises of nomenclature.


The compasses are also a little surprising - as is the Trompette Royale; I wonder what this rank sounds like....


I also wonder if the action has been altered - 1912 seems a little early for a Cavaillé-Coll/Mutin instrument to have electro-pneumatic action.

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The Ep action dates back to 1955, by Tamburini. Nothing about

tonal changes at this date. It would be interesting to know

if such changes did happen or not.




We currently have an action going on in A'dam to raise funds to ship an organ to a south-american conservatoire - there's no pipe-organ available for the students.

It may well be because of lack of funds for organs, which again may in some way be good news for the preservation of historical instruments.


So possibly this Mutin might be in quite a original state?


About the possible changes - may be "sagrerasmh83" who has plummered the youtubes could do some research (he is an organ student - get on with it!)

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Anyway, had it been in Europe, there would have been

90 chances out of 100 it would have been destroyed and

replaced with something "with a wider repertoire", "musically better",

and/ or "better suited to the liturgical needs" (read: I wanna have

done the spec myself, as I am the best and know better than anyone else

what an organ should be!).


This very kind of organ is what the young belgian and french organists want today.



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