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Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:30:19 PM »
Hi

I've finally started work on my house organ. Most of the parts I'll be making myself, but I cannot imagine the work involved in making the keyboards and pedalboard (although I do have some rough drawings done!). If anyone has any kicking around and wants to see them used please get in touch.

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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 10:24:42 AM »
Hi

Try asking around your local organ builders - they may well have something.  I've got a single manual 54-note keyboard here if that's any use - I'm not sure yet if I can dispose of the 30 note straight, flat pedalboard that went with it though.

The manual was on a tracker job, so is centre-pivoted.

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Tony

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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 11:28:57 AM »
Hi!

I gave a double manual clavier to Jonathan Lane and might even have given him a pedalboard too, but it was a couple of years ago so don't remember. He was going to give me a pedalboard with electric contacts and he's probably forgotten that too!

So it's worth asking him for a start on your quest.

Good luck!

Best wishes

David P
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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 04:16:04 PM »
I have got two, believed ex Gray and Davison, manuals - 56 note I think, and the pedalboard which goes with them - 30 note I think in Eastbourne East Sussex if that's of any interest.

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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 04:38:06 PM »
Hi

Thanks for your replies. 

Tony: The grand plan is to have two small manual divisions so although the 54 note manual would save making about half a dozen tiny pipes I think it might make problems finding another one to go with it (I would be interested to know where it came from though).

Victor: These sound interesting, but I'm quite some distance from Eastbourne (High Peak in Derbyshire), so would have to give some thought as to the logistics.

I only recently re-kindled my interest in Organ playing, so unfortunately don't have a lot of local organ builder contacts (since  the only organ I play often is an Allen). Will have to have a look around.

Regards,
Matt.

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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 10:09:35 AM »
Hi

The organ the keyboard came from is reputed to be by Bishop - probably late 1800's, but I can't be sure on that.  As you say, finding a matching manual might be a problem.  The info I have is on NPOR - survey no. N08775 (the church that I acquired it from).  I also have the reservoir if you should need one.  If I ever do anything with the pipes, I'll probably go for a constant pressure blower.

As to organ builders, the IBO website has a listing of all their members.  http://www.ibo.co.uk/IBO2005/register/questions/regSearch.asp

You could also find out who tunes any pipe organs in your area and ask them.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 03:09:53 PM »
Hi Tony,

How big is the reservoir? I haven't really given much serious thought to that part of the organ, except that I want the two manual divisions to be blown independently so I can experiment with different tremulant designs.  I know a lot of new instruments have some sort of pressure regulator on the windchest, with the blowers feeding directly to them. I also suspect that an organ fed by an electric blower would not need anything like as big a reservoir as one which is hand blown.
I can see more research coming on...

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Matt


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Re: Wanted: Claviers and/or Pedalboard.
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 10:06:04 AM »
Hi

The reservoir is pretty well inaccessable at present, but it's around 4ft long & 2ft+ wide - standard double-rise.  I can't vouch for the state of the leather, as I never got as far as that in rebuilding the organ before I discovered major problems with the windchest and abandoned the project.

The organ it came from was 3 stops, 8, 8TC, 4 plus pedal pulldowns - I would guess though that the reservoir could handle a couple more ranks.

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Tony

 


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