mrbouffant Posted November 20, 2004 Share Posted November 20, 2004 I have a largeish organ in the shires which was rebuilt in 1990 or so. It is split with swell/great/pedal at the East End and the same plus a choir division on the West End. It's played from a bespoke console (draw stops for the west organ, tabs for the east).. Whilst the instrument is eminently fit for purpose, it does lack in two respects. The first is the west pedal division is wholly underwhelming, especially when pitted against a full congregation. It has Trombone 16' extended into a Trumpet 8', an Open Diap 16' which extends to a 8' principal and a 4', and a Bourdon 16' which extends to a 8' flute and a 4'. The second respect is the East End lacking variation for accompanying the choir. The great overpowers, the swell is small and there is no choir division. I have funds available to remedy this. The Southwell Minster idea of digital pedal stops is an obvious means of solving the west end problem. Can anyone comment on the success or otherwise of this approach? How does the digital part of the instrument fare when pitted against the tuning changes that will come about from changing temperature and humidity? If the idea works for low-end stops, can it be applied to provide a whole new division (i.e. the east end choir in my example). Do you think it would be possible to blend a digital chorus across the whole range of the pipe organ? If anyone can contribute some ideas I would be most grateful ! With thanks ! --mrb Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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