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Hi Ruth
Sorry I have been so snowed under with work for months that it has been impossible to keep up with everything. I will PM you in case you still have them.
Thanks
Lucien
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Questions of Temperament / BBC programme including unequal temperament
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 18, 2017, 09:37:48 AM »
Hi

BBC Radio 3 "Late Junction"  Noticed this the other day, and currently listening on iPlayer.  Not sure how much it will say about different temperaments, but should be worth a listen.  Programme info reads:- "Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Lou Harrison, Verity plays a mix of music that uses unequal temperaments, or alternative tuning systems."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q2rxv

The segment starts after the opening track.

Every Blessing

Tony
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Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony
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Sampling pipe organs and analogue electronics / 2m Wyvern available
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 16, 2017, 09:39:42 AM »
Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony
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Electronic Organs / Wyvern 2m organ available
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 16, 2017, 09:39:10 AM »
Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony
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The spec of the Qrendi instrument is

Principale 8
Voce Umana 8
Ottava 4
Flauto in XII - 12th
Decimaquinta 2 - 15th
Decimanona - 19th (two octaves and fifth)
Vigesimaseconda - 22nd - 1ft
Vigesimasesta - 26th - (three octaves and fifth)
Vigesimanona - 29th - four octaves - half foot

Best wishes

David P
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Organs in danger / Re: Holt Organ needs new home
« Last post by David Pinnegar on May 13, 2017, 12:11:00 AM »
Unfortunately there is a technical difficult in uploading the photos at the moment and I have been thwarted in my attempts to help on this. The instrument looks to be in exceptionally good condition and looks to be an excellent practice instrument.

Best wishes

David P
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Organs in danger / Re: Holt Organ needs new home
« Last post by mjwalker32 on May 11, 2017, 04:42:16 PM »
Further details of the organ: (pictures to follow)
Holt 2MP/8 Reed Organ number 1532
Specification:
Great:   Swell:
Principal 4'   Oboe 8' (derived?)
Dulciana 8' (derived)   Flute 4'
Open Diapason 8'   Cornopean 8’
Hohl Flute 8'   Lieblich Gedacht 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'   
   
Pedal:   Couplers:
Bourdon 16' (derived)   Swell Super
Open Diapason 16'   Swell-Great
   Swell Sub
   Swell-Pedal
   Great-Pedal

2x 61 note manuals, 30 note pedals, usual Holt style
1x balanced swell pedal
1x pedal for RH treadle (not connected)
hand pump handle
wind regulator
electric blower (B.O.B.) – slow startup

The organ has a light oak case as seen in the photos. It has hinged panels on the lid which can be propped open. Whilst most of the stop names (with the exception of the Stopped Diapason) are normal for a Holt of this period (around 1933), the Swell suboctave coupler is very unusual. There is no 16' manual rank, which is also most unusual for a reed organ. The next picture shows the rear of the instrument, the Swell key action, pedal coupler action, LH stop action and secondary reservoir for Swell reed chest. The Swell super and sub octave couplers are at the front, above the Swell reed chest, super at the front and sub at the rear pushing down on the pitmans.
 
The blower (British Organ Blower, Stevenson, Derby) works well and produces plenty of wind (actually suction in this case) but has a slow startup (up to 3-4 minutes) and would benefit from a motor overhaul.
Optimum footprint (to allow space around the back if necessary, and the blower) is approx 2m x 2m.
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Organs in danger / Re: Holt Organ needs new home
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 11, 2017, 09:31:49 AM »
Hi

If you can let me know where the organ is located and perhaps send a couple of pictures I can circulate info to the reed organ contacts that I have.

Many years ago I used to play a 2mp Holt regularly.  They're pretty good examples of "pipe organ substitute" reed organs, broadly filling the market share currently taken by digital instruments.

Also, the Reed Organ Society (http://www.reedsoc.org/) is keen to build a database of reed organs.  It would be good if you coulld register the instrument with them (on-line forms on the web site).

Every Blessing

Tony
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