Henry Willis Posted October 30, 2009 Share Posted October 30, 2009 The Town Clerk of Warrington sent the following out as a Tender Specification on the 10th February 1970 (I have copied this down exactly as writ - all spelling, capitalization, punctuation etc.) : 1. The existing Cavaille-Coll console to be removed - refurnished and closed off at Pedal Board level, and to incorporate the Pedal Board, as a complete mobile unit, for preservation and exhibition. 2. The existing action to be dismantled and removed together with all unnecessary ancillary and auxiliary mechanisms. 3. A new console to be provided to accommodate the departments and sounding stops as at present existing. 4. All parts of the organ to be thoroughly cleaned and examined. repair and make good, as necessary, the soundboards, bellows, and chests, trunking, reservoirs and conveyances. 5. The pipe work to be thoroughly cleaned, repaired where necessary and all pipes adjusted to speak correctly. 6. Wind pressures to be maintained as at present set for the various departments and sets of speaking pipes. The wind generating apparatus to be checked and adjusted to ensure adequate correct supply for the various requirements, with silent operation. 7. New action throughout to be provided of the latest electro-pneumatic principal with screened and self-cleaning action contacts. 8. The necessary static transformer apparatus to be incorporated of adequate capacity for instantaneous response. 9. The new console to be recessed into the lower part of the panelling of the frontal screen, and blended into the casing - at the fourth tier level of the platform- the keyboards to be exhibited to the auditorium. The music desk to be set in relation to the upper keyboard, to facilitate ease of "Conductor and Hall contact" through a mirror placed immediately above the Music Desk. The Desk to be of maximim width and to accommodate large scores. The Console to be provided with suitable closing protection doors and to be equipped with a full width stool, adjustable for height. The three keyboards, together with Radiating and Concave Pedal Boards to be of a type familiar to modern and British Organists and generally to recognised R.C.O. recommendations and requirements. The compass of the manuals to remain as at present, viz: CC-G 56 notes The compass of the pedals to remain as at present, viz: CCC-F 30 notes The Drawstops to be of positive on-off action and incorporated in drawstop jambs set at 45 degrees. The left-hand jamb to contain the stops for the Swell organ in two vertical rows together with the stops for the Pedal organ, similarly set in two vertical rows. The right-hand jamb to contain the stops for the Choir organ set in two vertical rows together with the stops for the Great organ set in two vertical rows. Couplers to be incorporated with the departments they augment. Drawstop faces to be lettered in black for sounding Stops - Reeds to have an additional Red spot or other mark. Coupler and non-sounding drawstops to be lettered in red. Selection Pistons to be all fully adjustable through a complete Setter switchboard placed conveniently to the player and available for operating during playing. Balanced Swell pedal to be fitted to Swell organ - with indicator. Balanced Swell pedal to be fitted to the Choir organ - with indicator. Balanced General crescendo pedal to be fitted with Indicator. Coupling of manuals to pedals and manuals to manuals to be through the Electro-pneumatic action and not by mechanical connection to pull down the respectively coupled keys. Four rocking tablets to be incorporated in the left-hand keycheeks to operate the Ventil switches controlling the Reeds of the four departments. To accommodate both British and French practice a tilting tablet (or other suitable type switch) to be incorporated to reverse the middle and bottom keyboards from Great and Choir to Choir and Great. 10. All passageboards and flooring inside the organ chamber and adjacent thereto to be made good. 11. Tuning : On completion of the work, the Instrument to be tuned to pitch as at present - A-440. 12. All work to be carried out to the satisfaction of the Corporation's Organ Consultants and the structural and auxiliary work to the satisfaction of the Borough Engineer and Surveyor. 13. All materials and workmanship o be guaranteed for a period of ten years. 14. Optional additions (to be shown separately) a. Great Organ - additional 2ft Stop (Fifteenth) derived from No.9 Plein Jeu b. Choir Organ - additional 1 1/3ft Stop (Larigot) derived from Nos.7, Echo Mixture c. Swell Organ - additional 2 2/3ft Stop (Nazard) derived from No.8 Mixture. **************** I would welcome the views of others, but I think that this was drawn up by an organist, not anyone with any organ building knowledge of any importance. I do have my own ideas as to who this person is. Henry 4 persuaded them to keep the Cav.-Coll console but unfortunately he also did what they demanded, action-wise, and has since been kicked for it. Hardly fair I think. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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