David Coram Posted December 19, 2005 Share Posted December 19, 2005 Think I've just played it. And you have to be so NICE about it when the vicar (invariably) comes up to you and sings its praises. Then, you leaf through the tuners' book and become genuinely astonished to find that it has recently been rebuilt by someone you previously respected as a craftsman. This one couldn't summon enough action wind to get more than four notes at a time down (you couldn't play a scale at Grade 4 speed so appalling was the response), and has been added to so much that there are 4 different soundboards for 6 stops on the Great total. The Sw has had an extra octave of Oboe pipes put in for use with the Suboctave coupler in quite the most ingenious way I have ever seen. Full organ is basically 3 stops - they shout their heads off while the rest do absolutely nothing at all. No reservoirs - it all runs straight off the blower, and wind is fed by several lengths of tumble drier hose. This could be the only time in my life a 20 year old Allen sounds like a more attractive proposition. What broke my heart was it was in such a glorious building with a 3 second echo. So, could this be the worst organ ever - anyone know any even worse - any amusing anecdotes please? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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