pcnd5584 Posted April 21, 2006 Share Posted April 21, 2006 It is rather quiet here at present, so I thought that I would drop this little thought onto (into?) the board:I happened to visit Exeter Cathedral a few months ago and noticed a stylish new display board that was appealing for money for, amongst other things, the organ.This struck me as slightly odd, since it has recently had around £150,000 - £200,000 spent on it - and gained in the process new 32ft. and 8ft. reeds on the Pedal Organ, a few alterations to the Choir Organ, a new Octave 4ft. to the G.O, a new Viole Céleste* to the Solo - and a Nave section. As far as I am aware, the cost of the restoration had been met by the completion of the work.This is an organ which I know well, having had lessons on it for several years. Personally, I think that it has never sounded better. There are, in my view, still a small number of things which need attention; the GO mixtures need replacing with new pipework - the present ranks add virtually no brilliance, and the IV-rank stop in particular just sounds unpleasantly quinty. I would also re-instate the Choir Twenty Second and Cimbel (26-29-33) - I think that it was a mistake to lose those ranks. Apart from that, the instrument is fairly complete.Does anyone happen to know if another rebuild is planned? This hardly seems credible, since a reasonably large sum of money has been spent on the organ only three or four years ago. However, failing this, I am at a loss to surmise the purpose of the new appeal.*This is, in fact, the old Viole Octaviante, moved up an octave and tuned sharp. This rank itself was, prior to 1965, on the Swell Organ as a Celestina 4ft. (not tuned sharp - or flat.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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