Guest Cynic Posted March 12, 2011 Share Posted March 12, 2011 [first part of this post has been deleted by the moderator] No, I suggest for reasons of our own heritage 1. A complete instrument (i.e. one sufficiently comprehensive that an unbiased person could consider it able to do its job of work) by any builder has an inherent worth. It is quite literally irreplaceable. 2. Any organ is quite a bit more than a collection of pipes. Part of its whole nature are the chests, action and wind system. Nobody should be allowed simply to sweep any of these away without seriously good justification. I would assert that making a small profit by saving man hours would not qualify as good justification. 3. That builders who spend the time and trouble giving any instrument a new lease of life should be accorded a respect, and properly remunerated for that conscientious work. We are currently in danger that the 'sweep it all away' merchants are making ordinary rebuilds too expensive and that some organs have lost much more than they should have done. 4. The number of UK firms now undertaking rebuilding work on large organs is getting quite small. Many good organ-builders simply do not want to tangle with these projects, preferring (quite reasonably) to build only first class new organs on their terms. Good luck to them - they are creative artists. God help us, however, when all that seems to be left that are active in this area of work are either viewed as too expensive or apparently without scruples heritage-wise! I am not against the occasional re-arrangement of layout. H&H, for instance, thought long and hard about moving the Choir division at St.Bartholomew's Armley. When this decision was made, it was thoroughly planned and researched and had the great advantage that Schulze himself never installed the instrument in that building. I am not suggesting that a seriously uneconomic action should be repaired when a more up-to-date version (e.g. electric primaries) will give the same tone and greater longevity. But trash a good thing...something that has worked happily for many many years... made of the finest materials, now as seasoned as they will ever be.... Come on then..let's have your thoughts folks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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