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Quimby Pipe organs have been selected to clean and restore the four manual Aeolian-Skinner organ in the cathedral of St John the Divine, New York......the company specialises in the building, expansion, renovation and restoration of pipe organs............the intrument is due for completion in 2008. The specification is as follows:

 

HOOFDWERK Prestant 8, Holpijp 8, Octaaf 4, Octaaf 2, Mixtuur III-V, Trompet 8

BOVENWERK Gedeckt 8, Roerfluit 4, Quint 3, Woudfluit 2, Terts 1 3/5, Dulciaan 8

PEDAAL Subbas 16, Octaaf 8,

 

H/B P/H P/B

 

Ooerr!! :)

 

AJJ

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Well, a bit 8'-heavy as a scheme, isn't it?

 

Yes, and the Gedeckt 8' + Roerfluit 8' combination on the Bovenwerk appears to put a thoroughly execrable tendency to romanticism into the scheme, admirable as it appears to be otherwise.

 

Or is it just a typo? Because I would have expected a 4-foot State Chimney Flute in that position(actually an 85-pipe unit to be extended to 2 2/3, 2, 1 3/5, 1 1/3 and 1 -- it is a large space after all).

 

Suspicions, suspicions.

 

Wondering,

Friedrich

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Yes, and the Gedeckt 8' + Roerfluit 8' combination on the Bovenwerk appears to put a thoroughly execrable tendency to romanticism into the scheme, admirable as it appears to be otherwise.

 

Or is it just a typo? Because I would have expected a 4-foot State Chimney Flute in that position(actually an 85-pipe unit to be extended to 2 2/3,  2, 1 3/5, 1 1/3 and 1 -- it is a large space after all).

 

Suspicions, suspicions.

 

Wondering,

Friedrich

 

Typo - sorry - should have been 4 - my fault not theirs!

 

AJJ

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So far, so good.

Now we need to question this 8' Prestant on the Hoofdwerk.

This is not proportioned to the instrument , which would be better

based on the 4'.

So the Holpijp is enough as 8'.

As for the Bovenwerk Gedeckt 8', this is a bit heavy and will

spoil the polyphonic textures. I'd have a small-scaled Quintadena instead.

 

Best wishes,

Pierre

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