MusingMuso Posted September 23, 2011 Share Posted September 23, 2011 There isn't any point for discussion - As there are no sources, as you say, for the 'other' opinion, it's difficult to argue the point anyway I think.It should be remembered that the stop was a gift of the firm - he was entitled to do with it whatever he pleased. As a matter of interest, we've just completed a Trompette Militaire in the Auckland instrument, fitted up entirely with Willis shallots, not Gottfried ones, and it sounds extraordinarily similar. There are also Bombard 16, Tuba 8 and Tuba Clarion 4, which should carry a health warning! We'll be putting up an mp3 file on the webpage shortly at http://www.willis-organs.com/auckland_general.html where there are also pictures of the installation. DW =============================== I do recall ther late Stephen Bicknell going on about the Trompette Militaire, and suggesting that it was pure Gottfried, but who cares? The fact is, that it is one of the finest reeds in the world, irrespective of the authorship/creator. It was clearly a moment of inspiration to install this reed at St Paul's, and even if it had its own tremulant and Wurlitzer labels attached, it wouldn't alter the quality one bit. The fact is, Wurlitzer at their best were exceptionally good, and the reeds especially so. The fact that they went to Gottfried suggests that the supplier knew what he was doing, and the same truth must apply to Willis. It's a bit like complaining that a new Rolls-Royce has a BMW engine, and that somehow, this is inferior in pedigree. As David will know only too well, engines don't come any better, whatever the label says on the crate. Let's just continue to marvel at that reed, and enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it might be. MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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