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As a period piece and as a piece of organ heritage, I am very pleased that this organ has been retained and restored; if only to remind us of the tonal defects as well as the tonal possibilities.MM
Quote from: MusingMuso on April 01, 2012, 09:27:34 PMAs a period piece and as a piece of organ heritage, I am very pleased that this organ has been retained and restored; if only to remind us of the tonal defects as well as the tonal possibilities.MMThe reason I bring this up is that my theory is that the organist wanted an 8' Q, but instead was in favor of the 2 2/3', which he/she could add to the 8' St. Diapason to get the same effect. Another use for this, is coupling to the Great Diapason chorus. It is interesting that Hill, Norman & Beard would come up with an anomaly like this. More than likely an experiment.skf
Could it have been that the Choir mutation at Ambleside is a later modification?Battersea sounds surprisingly bright in that video - I've never heard a Hope-Jones but wonder why you would need any more brightness in a Romantic organ.Another very intact large Hope-Jones (sadly not playable for many years) is that in St Oswald, Hartlepool, which from the outside looks very much like a scaled-down version of the nave of York Minster, minus one of the two West towers. It's four manuals and about forty stops. I think one rank (the Diaphonic Ophicleide/Tuba) is missing but it's otherwise completely untouched.
And no, SOH wasn't by the same architect(s) as York/Beverley, since it wasn't begun until 1897! And yep, I mentioned the tower too. I wonder what it would take to get the organ playing, however creakily... I'd give it a nice new drawstop console, though, the smaller HJ tab ones look rather ungainly and plain to me, though the big original Worcester one did look rather fine. Nice place to spend a holiday, though? Never been up that way but I only know it for the argy-bargy over scrapping of 'toxic' ships...HJ 'boxes, solid? That's an understatement! I heard it took three weeks to demolish the Worcester ones...