Colin Harvey Posted May 15, 2009 Share Posted May 15, 2009 Attacks ad hominem, not ad nomine. To be honest, a difficult or clueless client can be just as much a hindrance to an organ project as an organ consultant. They can be just as much to blame for a bad project. There are one or two very good consultants out there (who can also help sort out difficult clients for the builder) but there are some consultants who bring questionable benefit to a project. A good client or consultant will develop the environment and inspiration for the builder to create the best organ they possibly can. And that certainly will not stem from micro-management and having unrealistic ideas of the parties' knowledge or abilities. The organ building craft today is far smaller in the UK than it was in the 19th Century. In Victorian times nearly all major builders were turning out organs by the dozen each year and made all their major components, like pipes, soundboards and actions, in-house. So they had a huge opportunity to develop their ideas and skills. It would only be in the third and fourth rank builders where firms would rely on trade suppliers for pipes, soundboards, etc. This is not the case today, where new organs are built less frequently and there is more widespread use of trade suppliers, like P&S, even by some well-respected names in high-profile contracts. This isn't unique to the UK - it's just as common on the continent and USA. I think there's an element of the rhetorical about David Wyld's question but I too am a bit puzzled why Klais have been given the project to add a sanctuary section to an organ. Their style works best in large, continental basilicas and modern concert halls. The effect in more delicate surroundings can be distinctly harsh and unlovely. I'm puzzled why they were even considered to build a somewhat unheroic chancel section for what I assume is for choral accompaniment purposes. Maybe Benjamin can elucidate? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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