MusoMusing Posted March 7, 2019 Share Posted March 7, 2019 In writing about the Compton firm, I suddenly realised that I didn't know quite as much as I had hoped. We all know about the Royal Festival Hall instrum,ent and the work of Ralph Downes there, as well as the Brompton Oratory, but who were the pioneers of mechanical-action, neo-classical instruments? To save unnecessary replies, I am aware of the organ built by Hill, Norman & Beard for Cleveland Lodge and Lady Susi Jeans, which had pipework by Eule. It's what happened after 1954 that I can';t place in any sort of order, though I do know about (Grant,) Degens & Rippen and their early work at Letchworth and elsewhere. All that led directly to New College, Oxford, but what about Mander, Walker's, H N & B etc.. I'm just trying to establish whether Johnnie Degens and Ted Rippen (ex-Compton men) were one of the first or even THE first to wander down the neo-classical, mechanical-action route. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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