innate Posted November 26, 2019 Share Posted November 26, 2019 This is a rather wide-ranging question which might have benefitted from splitting into a few separate topics but let’s see how it goes. Given the choice, in a working largish parish church with an active liturgical and concert life and the pipes of a new organ contained in a historic case high up at the West end, between electric action and a detached console at the altar (concert platform) end at ground level and an attached console with mechanical action in or next to the case, what would your preference be and why? If your answer is “both” how likely is it that one console will, in practice, be used almost exclusively and the other lie gathering dust. Are there any effective reversed consoles with mechanical action on organs with a chair division? Are there limits of size (number of stops, manuals) that make a terraced console too large to see over? I seem to remember the organ in the West gallery at St Aloysius, Oxford being rather good from a visibility point of view. Does having a “side” console make for serious problems with mechanical action? In the old days organs were nearly always in the West Gallery (or on the crossing in a Cathedral) and the organist often obscured by the chair case. Liturgy was, I suppose, much more predictable then. In churches where organists are expected to respond to a glance or a subtle hand signal from the clergy or the Master of Ceremonies do modern closed-circuit video systems work as well as being physically close to the action? My preference is for mechanical action. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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