bombarde32 Posted April 6, 2010 Share Posted April 6, 2010 I was just thinking how bad this winter has been for organs. I regularly play organs which have been in desperate need of attention and I have to say that this winter, with the added heating and consequent lowered humidity has finally and terminally sorted out a few of them. Many many electronics have now appeared in our local churches in the South of England where the heating system has finally killed off the old pipe organs. Upon investigation, the same old comments are heard. " The organ is so unreliable, we can't get anyone to play it!" "We now have a fantastic new digital organ we have people flocking to play it! The choir has gone from strength to strength." "Our organist told us that unless we replaced the organ, he was going to leave." "We need the space for a coffee/kids/vestry area, the new digital organ takes up so much less room" and in one church, recently "We know the organ is by George P England, but there are so many holes punched in the underneath of the swell soundboard, it is unusable and we don't have the £140,000 to fix it when our Diocesan share is £72,000 per year and we struggle to even meet that." The electronic builders are making a fortune, in spite of the recession! We are coming to the days when we will not be able to hear a pipe organ in England outside of a Cathedral. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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