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- it's a long time since I played the organ and I'm sure that the excellent incumbent musicians will work out a plan which suits the place well.
HiI heard today that the Mander pipe organ (long out of use) has been removed by a firm of organ builders - hopefully it will resurface elsewhere in due course. at least it hasn't been dumped. I don't know if a new or secondhand pipe organ is on the cards - I'll post again if I hear more.Every BlessingTony
[I do have a recording of this instrument and, whilst perhaps not Mander's finest, it nevertheless seemed to acquit itself fairly well. I can only judge from the recording, but I am not sure of the accuracy of Graham Matthews' claim of it being more neo-Classical than Gloucester or Blackburn. It simply sounded middle-of-the-road 'enlightened' post-Romantic - if this convoluted description actually means anything.
The only things I felt it lacked were a substantial 16' reed on the manual - the Swell double reed was very light
Quote from: David Drinkell on October 14, 2012, 04:41:34 AMThe only things I felt it lacked were a substantial 16' reed on the manual - the Swell double reed was very light I agree indeed. According to the stoplist I found on NPOR, this 16' reed is a Crumhorn. If a 16' Crumhorn is going to go anywhere in an organ, it should be put in a Positive. At least a Contra Fagotto (if not a Double Trumpet) should be in the Swell, esp. in a cathedral organ. ...
I can imagine the Brindley & Foster, whose stoplist I looked up just now, was a very nice instrument. One B&F, I'm impressed with, is the one at Freemason Hall, Edinburgh. Though it is smaller, it still gives one a good idea of the tonal concept.
pcnd,"Albans Cathedral" works! Note the lack of an apostrophe.