MusingMuso Posted January 25, 2013 Share Posted January 25, 2013 Really a part of my Compton research, but something which is of general interest, is the question of when particular organ-builders started to use EP actions rather than tracker or Tubular Pneumatic ones. We can safely eliminate Compton and Norman & Beard, because Compton seemed to switch over after about 1910,(first use actually 1908 at Selby Abbey) and N & B, after early use of EP action around the turn of the century, (completing Hope Jones contracts)reverted back to the TP actions they had worked with previously. (Their last TP action, as H,N & B, was in 1958 at St Mark's, Brighton) Hill, Norman & Beard used EP actions in all the theatre organs of course, but TP seems to have been normal for church jobs. What of Walker, Rushworth & Dreaper, Harrison & Harrison, and Willis? All I know, is that Willis more or less copied the Pitman actions and used this system quite early, but exactly when I do not know. Harrison & Harrison incorporated EP action for the first time at Christ Church, Skipton. (NPOR states 1906, but I think it was 1911...the action was still working in 1980, when it was replaced) Was the rebuild of the Willis at Durham anotherearly one? They were certainly happy to continue with TP action for quite some time afterwards, in spite of the success at Skipton. Most of not all of the provincial builder stayed with TP action....Abbott & Smith, Forster & Andrews, Brindley & Foster, Binns etc. (I think Binns, Fitton & Haley were using EP in the late 1940's) It's a bit of a puzzle to me, probably because I've never thought to ask the question before or even consider it. Actually, the success of TP is not unconnected with the lecky supply, which in certain rural areas, didn't exist even in the mid 1960's. I recall Yorkshire Dales farmhouses with coal fires and oil lamps in the mid 1960's, and a farmhouse in Scotland which had a Petter engine and generator set in an outside shed. I suspect this is one for the active organ-builders, who will have hands on knowledge, because the details in NPOR are not complete when it comes to action types. Best, MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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