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A friend of mine, a concert organist from Latvia, used to play French Romantic repertoire on one-manual and pedal organs in a few Somerset village churches.  Lots of quick registration changed, and sometimes a bit of judicious re-arrangement, and it worked.  I heard her play the Franck Chorale No 3, Widor Toccata and Vierne Carillon de Westminster along with major Bach works in Luccombe church on Exmoor and in Sampford Brett on the Quantocks.  Some of the audience were amazed when they saw what little resources she was using to so great effect.

Much of C.H. Trevor's books - published by Oxford.  The Old English Organ Music for Manuals can mostly be managed on a one-manual.  Bach's Eight Short P&Fs also a good start.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / BRISTOL - 2-manual & pedal
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:17:53 PM »

On ebay.  Bidding around 200 at the moment.  Hope she can be saved.


Currently has 4 bids and going for just over 100.  A nice instrument for a small church.

Sounds nice.  I hope you can find a good home for it.

I depped in a little village church where they haven't had a regular organist for 2 years.  Not unusual, as they can't afford to pay anyone.

I depped in a little village church where they haven't had a regular organist for 2 years.  Not unusual, as they can't afford to pay anyone.

O that I could - it would go well in a church I dep in but they have no money - I play for free.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Peter Collins Chamber organ on Ebay
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:13:31 PM »
Looks a lovely instrument.  Good luck with the sale.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Another nice organ on Ebay
« on: October 07, 2016, 11:50:11 AM »
This looks nice - Nicholson.

No mention of whether they have Faculty permission to remove it.

Very sad.  Future generations will curse the happy-clappies who have destroyed their heritage.  Small wonder that the Cof E is dying.

Naughty.  I would be tempted to write to the Chancellor of the Diocese.  There seem to be many C of E clergy who are either ignorant of the rules or pretend to be.  The DAC tend to take a rather dim view - there was a huge case recently in the Gloucester Diocese which went to a Consistory Court over the sale of a picture bequeathed to the parish many years ago which a woman priest took a dislike to and tried to flog.  I read the Judgement online  - very interesting!  She and the wardens were heavily criticised and narrowly escaped legal proceedings.  Sorry you seem to have lost a rather wonderful instrument.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / House Organ for sale on Ebay
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:45:31 PM »
I've just heard about this organ which may well be of interest to someone wanting a real pipe organ for home practice:


Organ Builders / Re: Grant, Degens & Rippin (Bradbeer)
« on: March 29, 2015, 01:21:05 PM »
Many thanks for this new information - especially good to hear from Trevor.  I would dearly like to find an original Davies builder's plate to fix to the console!  Interestingly, my organ did have an additional electronic pedal stop, but it was removed by Geoffrey Coffin when the organ was sold to John Scott Whiteley in the 1990s.

Trevor, you are welcome to see the organ when I finish rebuilding it.  I'm in West Somerset.


Organs in danger / Re: York
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:23:25 AM »
I find this forum very useful - there are a number of very knowledgeable people here.  Might it be an idea to promote it on Facebook/Twitter?

Organs in danger / Re: York
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:53:14 PM »
Glad to hear that all is not lost.

Organ Builders / Re: Grant, Degens & Rippin (Bradbeer)
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:42:36 AM »
Many thanks, again.

This is a very gently voiced organ - the Aeolian Dulciana and Gedackt are beautiful.  The Gemshorn rank - which John Bailey told me was made by an apprentice at GDB - is less good, and some of the upperwork (including a 1' on each manual) - again, I think GDB - is a bit too shrill in a small room.  I'm going to ask my tuner if he can improve the Gemshorn.  I also want to replace the bottom two octaves of the Dulciana which will give me a nice quiet 16'.  This pipework was removed in the 1990s by Geoffrey Coffin as there was not room for it in the room.  It has, unfortunately, been lost.

I plan to go up to the Cadbury Library when I can and look at the boxes of Davies paperwork.


Organ Builders / Re: Grant, Degens & Rippin (Bradbeer)
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:50:53 PM »
Thanks.  I had a 'phone call today from someone who knew a previous owner and confirmed that the organ was built by Davies, using Aeolian parts. Davies sold the organ to him in the late 60's (?).  This may have been Jack Davies.  I've traced some of Davies' records to the Cadbury Library in Birmingham and hope to get up there before Easter.

My remaining gap is really from the original Aeolian in the 1920s and the first owner, a Mr Ainslie (Aynslie?)who was, I believe, somehow connected to the Aeolian company.


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