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I was not being snide or venomous, just making the point that various organists have used enough imagination to get something out of the Kilkhampton Willis. If PCND failed to get anything from it, can we really place all the blame squarely on the organ? Of course not! Organists all have strengths and weaknesses: some may be very good at getting the best out of small organs, at the expense of improvisation skills (which, I am informed, is one of PCND's strongest points). I think it would be an immodest (if not arrogant) musician indeed who claimed complete mastery over every aspect of their instrument and its repertoire. I know I've slaughtered a few sacred cows here, but I make no apologies for that. There seems to be a lot of deafness to criticism of certain favoured organs on this forum and truly vicious attacks on those who dare to question.