AJJ Posted April 24, 2010 Share Posted April 24, 2010 What do people think? - two current situations: - A one manual 6 stop village church organ dating from the late 1890s - built by a well known regional builder, of no great artistic merit and similar to many others in that area of the county - 'needs thorough restoration etc. It sounds reasonable though can not cope with a full congregation due to its recessed chancel position. The pedalboard is severely non standard and the Swell pedal the expected unbalanced lever on the RH side. The music at the church includes anthems etc. and the organist attempts to play 'proper' music for voluntaries. - A rather nice three manual 'Father Willis' from the late 1880s in a reasonably large town church with a good musical tradition - action replaced for its centenary but tonally pretty much as original - now electro/pneumatic. 'Recently ''rebuilt/restored'' with extra pedal stops added, a solo reed revoiced from a nearby redundant organ (not Willis) and new mixture work. In the first case the DAC has said that things must remain exactly as they are - thoughts of anything from minor changes to re using pipework in a new extension instrument, substituting a standard pedalboard etc. had been mooted. In the second case a reasonably nice FW (albeit with non original action) has had bits tacked on presumably so that the organ can be more 'versatile'. I am not one who believes in historical for historical's sake but in the first instance the church is not able to do what it would wish from a musical point of view and is stuck with an inadequate and second rate instrument yet the second has been able to tinker with a good instrument that copes adequately with what is required of it. I must add that these come from different DAC areas and that those involved from each diocese are seemingly competent in their roles - it just seems a little baffling. Does anyone have any thoughts? A Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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