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if we were able to get an electric organ put in, it would be much simpler to repair if something did go wrong with it
HiThe organ is on NPOR - http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=D08090 Hint - only put the minimum search terms in for an NPOR address search - I used "Bartholomew Crewkerne" - and make sure you spell the names correctly - computer's don't have the intelligence to spot wrong spellings in database queries!This is actually quite worrying, as the organ had work done just 6 years ago. Why the sudden urge to get rid of it? Maybe there's been a new incumbent who dislikes organs and want's to "modernize" - or church politics at work?What this (and other churches looking at the same options) need to realise is that, although the electronic might be cheaper initially, and need less maintenance, it will never sound as good as the real thing, nor will it last as long. They're looking at spending some £30,000. Being generous and giving the new organ a life of 20 years, that's costing them £1,500 a year, not taking into account inflation, etc. Try asking the church treasurer to put aside that amount every year and see what response you get! That's the realitiy of the situation. The pipe organ, if properly rebuilt, will last a minimum of 50 years before needing major work, and then will go on for at least another 50! If they can use tracker action, it will last even longer. The chamber organ here had survived getting on for 200 years and at least 5 changes of location with no evidence of any professional work - certainly, the last 2 moves were done by an amateur, and quite possibly the others were as well. I wish churches would look at the total cost of ownership, and not just the short-term cost implications.Every BlessingTony
What I really hate to see is the online and paper publications of the electronic touts who score up their "installations" supplanting pipe organs, often making a facadist development of the organ case, their publications looking like trophy hunters' scoreboards. I also find the electronic manufacturers' literature patronising and appealing to people with an IQ of 90 or 95 at most. But there again, perhaps that's just the sort of person who would be daft enough to throw out the investment of a pipe organ for the lure of a fancy load of television set and computer circuit boards.
Church to pull out stops in order to get digital organST Bartholomew's Church in Crewkerne has announced plans to acquire a digital organ to replace its deteriorating pipe organ.An electric organ was trialled at the church on Abbey Street in September and proved popular with most parishioners.But without the money to purchase the upgrade, churchwarden John Clotworthy said the new organ will not be arriving at the church any time soon.In the church newsletter he said: "There has been concern over a lengthy period now about the deteriorating condition of the church organ, and debate about how to deal with the problem.Click here for more"The Parochial Church Council passed a resolution in January that in view of the deteriorating condition of the pipe organ and in the light of current pressures on the church's resources, it considers a digital organ should be acquired, but only when financial circumstances permit."This view is being taken because a digital organ would be a great deal cheaper than restoring the pipe organ, and the sound it produced in the trial was good, in the view of most churchgoers."It should be emphasised that the church is not in a financial position to acquire a digital organ in the near future."There are other demands on any capital resources which come to hand, such as repair of the chancel roof."St Bartholomew's, a grade one listed building, is appealing for donations to help the cause.
Mr Dale is passionate about church music and said: “We have a very strong choral tradition at this church and the organ could fail at any time. There is nothing like the sound of a real pipe organ but what is important to us is maintaining the church music. If we cannot raise the money for the digital one in time, we could be without any sort of organ for several years and our music tradition will dissipate.“There are no major bodies we can apply to who specialise in the preservation of organs such as this one, perhaps if it was historically pure but it has been much altered over the last 100 years, it wasn’t the top of the range but probably second so a good quality instrument.
Lottery funding has been redirected so much toward the Olympics that there is no hope in that direction. I know of churches who were promised grants and had them withdrawn at the last minute.”
The PCC would like to emphasise that the fabric of the organ will remain, regardless, as the pipes and structure are sound, it is only the mechanism that is worn out.Mr Clotworthy added that they could only consider looking at the pipe organ repair if a substantial sum was given, or sourced, for that purpose alone. A special fund has been set up which is already receiving donations specifically for the digital purchase only, but there is a long way to go.
At least the church has the forethought to keep the pipe organ in place until resources are made available for its restoration in future rather than scrapping it
We are about to acquire an organ which had the same intent in 1986 when they installed their electronic. The elctronic organ installers trampled the Great pipes and heaped most of them in the Swell, on top of the Swell pipes. The organ is now going. Good for me though, as its the organ I learnt to play on!
Quote from: Jonathan Lane on March 11, 2011, 04:08:00 AMWe are about to acquire an organ which had the same intent in 1986 when they installed their electronic. The elctronic organ installers trampled the Great pipes and heaped most of them in the Swell, on top of the Swell pipes. The organ is now going. Good for me though, as its the organ I learnt to play on!Dear JonathanI don't think it would hurt here to actually name the electronic installers who did such callous damage to pipework . . .(One of my projects recently has been to develop effective speakers to enable such an instrument to be mothballed without such risks to pipes . . .)Best wishesDavid P
I wish they would contact us, after all we are not very far away, and we would be able to show them what could be done, on very little money, to keep the organ in playing order and relatively good condition until further restoration work could be undertaken. If anyone knows anyone at the church, het them to contact me on 07836 299025 or at firstname.lastname@example.org ad I will be happy to arrange a visit, and we don't charge for the visit either!Jonathan