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Organs in danger

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale
Organs needing an immediate rescue!

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Last post: March 17, 2024, 04:59:31 PM Re: You can have a Worki... by Ron fae Baddyfash

Organs in danger
A place to raise a "heads up" on any instrument that is not being used, is in a derelict building or one being demolished, or at risk of ill advised modification or replacement

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Last post: February 05, 2022, 03:28:16 PM Re: Harrison and Harriso... by David Pinnegar

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Last post: April 14, 2024, 10:19:19 AM Four Mannual Father Will... by Mike Manners

Organs preserved

Organs Preserved
This is for organs which have been In Danger which have been saved from the buldozers or other threats and given a further life . . .

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Last post: April 02, 2018, 10:13:57 AM An organ transplanted to... by revtonynewnham

The Zurich Resolution 2011

The Zurich Resolution 2011
Subjects raised at the Zurich Symposium 2011 - notes and inspiration for further discussion

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Last post: July 19, 2017, 09:10:07 AM Re: Conference and conce... by revtonynewnham

Organs wanted

Organs wanted
Do you want an organ? A house organ? Or an instrument for a Church or Concert Hall? Do you want a pipe organ? If so, posting what you're looking for could inspire people to come forward with available instruments that need rescue or organ builders with inspired suggestions. Do you want an electronic? Someone might have just the electronic you're looking for or one that you might modify just using the console.

Do you want to replace a pipe organ by an electronic? Then if you are brave enough to post here, someone might come forward with a way to rescue your pipe organ for you or elsewhere, persuade you that it's going to be ever so much temporary fun or that you're making a big mistake . . . but in any event it will enable proper debate among informed and knowledgable people who can give helpful advice and possibly avoid your church being clocked up by the electronic manufacturers' trophy hunter webpages listing pipe organs that they have succeeded in killing.

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Last post: February 26, 2024, 05:29:45 PM Re: WANTED COMPTON ELECT... by Ron fae Baddyfash

Organ History

Organ History
The history of the instrument, its historical development and adaptation to musical changes

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Last post: February 25, 2021, 02:00:25 PM Steam Caliope on a Steam... by dragonser

Restoring organs

Restoring pipe organs
Restoration: ideas, techniques and principles - restoration vs conservation - do building conservation principles apply, that any work should preserve the integrity of the original instrument and any new work should be identifiable, not confusable with the old?

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Last post: June 18, 2020, 08:17:48 PM Cath├ędrale Saint-Christo... by David Pinnegar

Organ registration

Organ registration
Choosing the right stops can be a challenge and there are always confusing alternatives. Different instruments of different eras require different approaches.

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Last post: October 19, 2021, 03:47:42 PM Re: Vox Humanas are horr... by krubia

Organ courses

Organ courses
Please post details of any exciting organ courses coming up . . .

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Last post: January 08, 2020, 12:08:40 PM Organ Scholarship 2020/2... by croci

Organ tuition
Are you looking for tuition, an organ teacher. Is there anything anyone needs help with in their studies?

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Last post: February 19, 2020, 01:18:28 PM Scholarship to study in ... by David Pinnegar

Organ Music, Repertoire and Performance

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Last post: June 12, 2021, 11:00:10 PM Re: Repertoire for Singl... by Nazard Celeste

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Last post: May 11, 2021, 10:16:23 PM French Baroque really ca... by David Pinnegar

Local Organist Associations

Local Organist Associations
Meetings, announcements, outings and events.

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Last post: June 12, 2021, 11:12:21 PM Asia? Africa? etc. by Nazard Celeste

Inspirational instruments

Inspirational instruments
What is the most inspirational instrument you know of?

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Last post: May 13, 2021, 08:42:57 AM Re: A New Modular Pipe O... by revtonynewnham

The Dom Bedos heritage - Albi and St Maximin
At the root of organ building, Dom Bedos' text set the scene for two of the most exciting instruments ever built. Returning to Albi and St Maximin can influence how we play, and how we build new instruments to give maximum inspiration and enjoyment

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Last post: October 11, 2016, 11:33:16 AM Re: Extraordinary perfor... by Mike Manners

Interesting instruments near nice places for a holiday
There are lots of favourite holiday places near where good and interesting organs happen to be . . . Did you stay near a good organ last holiday? Please tell us about it! Andratx, Mallorca, Southern Spain, South of France, places in Italy immediately come to mind . . .

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Last post: May 13, 2017, 11:32:13 AM Re: Malta - more histori... by David Pinnegar

Organ Builders

Organ Builders
Pipe organ builders are invited to post news of current restorations, new commissions, repairs, successes and failures, taboo ideas. Self promotion here is not only permitted but encouraged! Whilst purveyors of electronic simulations might call themselves Organ Builders, this forum encourages pipe organs.

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Last post: May 07, 2019, 06:52:45 PM Re: Awe inspiring video ... by David Pinnegar


Questions of Temperament
As one listens more to Bach and earlier in Unequal Temperament one gets bored of equal temperament. Furthermore one rarely has the opportunity to hear 19th century works in the temperament for which they relied for tone colour and emphasis, particularly Mendelssohn and Cesar Franck. In Equal Temperament musicians have to work in expression that is built into the key and the music in Unequal Temperament. What repertoire is excluded by specifying unequal temperaments for pipe organs? Users of Hauptwerk can contribute significantly with experimentation and others with temperament enabled instruments, please let others know the results of your experiments. Temperament can make classical music more interesting.

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Last post: May 20, 2021, 09:08:07 AM Arciorgano by revtonynewnham

Absolute pitch - A440 or C256?
Whilst concert pitch is accepted as the norm many organs are 1/4 tone sharp or 1/4 tone flat with C=256. Does C=256 relate better to an 8ft pipe. Is there an influence on the human from sound at absolute frequencies? Should pitch be considered absolute rather than relative?

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Last post: July 11, 2016, 04:48:18 PM Re: Chatting with Dr Ala... by David Pinnegar


Harpsichords have always been an option for organ practice at home. Easy to tune, they can be an experimental breadboard to try the effects of temperament as well as getting into the spirit of the Baroque. Sometimes with the Claviorganum, an organ was incorporated . . . truly divine.

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Last post: November 25, 2017, 07:52:49 AM Have you Seen the Classi... by ButterFingers

Organ Building

Organ building and maintenance
The nuts and bolts . . . construction and design

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Last post: June 03, 2020, 09:49:50 AM Dutch organ consoles by revtonynewnham

New Pipe Organs
New Organs being built and inaugurations

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Last post: October 21, 2016, 03:07:20 PM Re: Canterbury Cathedral by Robin Stalker

Organ concerts

Organ concerts
Exciting organ recitals coming up . . . Do look at as well . . . Are you giving a concert? Tell us about it here - why you love the programme you're doing and why you have chosen to do it on a particular instrument . . .

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Last post: July 04, 2023, 09:38:11 PM Re: Bournemouth Pavilion... by David Pinnegar

Other Keyboard concerts by Young Musicians
Exciting organ recitals coming up by young musicians under the age of 25 . . . Are you giving a concert? Tell us about it here - why you love the programme you're doing and why you have chosen to do it on a particular instrument . . .

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Last post: September 02, 2015, 01:38:33 AM Re: The harpsichord as o... by David Pinnegar

Outstandingly interesting concerts by any musicians on any instrument
Sometimes one comes across a concert which is outstandingly unique or possibly academically interesting. This is the place to post details of it!

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Last post: August 27, 2015, 09:26:03 AM Re: Solo Bach Violin son... by Nicolette

From our local DJ

From our local DJ
If you are promoting classical music and organs on a radio station please post details of your programmes and times when people can tune into internet radio. It would be great if you might enthuse about why you're including specific items of music or featuring particular artists or instruments . . .

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Last post: June 19, 2020, 08:45:41 AM Re: Classic FM gives cen... by revtonynewnham

House Organs

House Organs
From home made to respected pipe organ builders, house organs are an important genre and enable organists to practice and, in some cases, to perform at home such as the example formerly at Glyndebourne. Often home made instruments are the subject of experimentation and this can often be extremely interesting. Should house organs always be small or can they strive to being grand? Can small organs be made to be more interesting or versatile? Purely electronic instruments are not to be covered here as there is a specific category for them.

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Last post: July 07, 2021, 02:47:04 AM Building a home organ - ... by Light_bulb

Electronic Organs

Electronic Organs
From toasters to Hauptwerk - electronic organs serve their purpose for practice at home and occasionally doing a turn temporarily in a bigger place. There are two golden rules of electronics organs, as with all consumer items - one's own instrument is always the best, until a better model comes out, and everyone else's toy is a crass mere reproduction of the real thing . . . except when one finds something that's really amazing! This is a good place for EOCS members to keep in touch

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Last post: September 25, 2023, 07:48:03 PM Cantor digital (Musicom by CCINS

Sampling pipe organs and analogue electronics
Programs such as Hauptwerk and GrandOrgue enable computers to replay note samples, note by note, stop by stop. It's not always easy to achieve a good sample set . . . and therefore an important area in which to share experience and discuss projects.

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Last post: May 16, 2017, 09:39:42 AM 2m Wyvern available by revtonynewnham

Compton Electrones
Compton Electrones contain electrostatic generators utilising dangerously high voltages which some enthusiasts find incredibly exciting - so this section of the forum is just for them!

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Last post: March 03, 2024, 05:37:46 PM Re: ANALOGUE 1960's COMP... by Ron fae Baddyfash

EOCS - Electronic Organ Constructors Society
The EOCS is a great meeting place for people building instruments from Hauptwerk or other digital or analogue technologies for use at home or larger venues, or adding pipes to electronics. EOCS members are often involved in pipe organ building and restoration projects and major pipe organ electronic control systems have been designed with EOCS member expertise.

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Last post: January 28, 2022, 12:06:33 AM Electronic Stop Labellin... by kaspencer

Wurlitzers . . . Cinema Organs and Fairground instruments

Cinema Organs and Fairground instruments
Wurlitzer, Christie, Compton, Gavioli - names evocative of a bygone age of light music and great jollity. Hope-Jones and brilliant perverse genius.

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Last post: April 05, 2021, 05:00:25 PM Information wanted! by David

Reed organs and harmoniums

Reed organs and harmoniums
The unsung heroes of the organ world, loved by Liszt and providing opportunities for organ practice at home before the days of electronics as well as doing a turn in smaller chapels and churches. French instruments differ from English instruments and American Organs and some instruments with two manuals and pedals are far removed from folding portable instruments that presumably arrived with missions in India and which have become a mainstay of indigenous Indian idiom.

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Last post: December 28, 2021, 08:39:48 AM Re: Christmas 2021 by revtonynewnham


Building and Room Acoustics
Many instruments are hampered by bad acoustics, short reverberation times and carpeted spaces. Can they be improved, naturally and or electronically? Meanwhile instrument cases have their own acoustics and speak into their spaces in different ways . . .

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Last post: December 31, 2014, 05:54:24 PM January AES Meeting, Per... by dragonser

Miscellaneous & Suggestions

Miscellaneous & Suggestions
Miscellaneous & Suggestions

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Last post: July 01, 2021, 12:48:13 PM Asbestos in pipe organs by JJ

Not just Organs need to survive 2020! Grow food!
With so many people working from home in the year of the Pandemic, with Churches closed why not spend time preparing for a hard winter? The 1918 Flue came back, worse than before, in October. Food that you grow in your garden now could be invaluable then. Post how!

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Last post: June 06, 2020, 02:13:13 AM Re: Whilst people can't ... by David_M

Do you have anything to sell relevant to music and organs . . . or perhaps not . . . or are you looking for something? Post details of your sales and wants here. Consider carefully whether you want to invite interest generally or confine to members only.

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Last post: January 10, 2020, 07:31:44 PM Paricular stop knob and ... by kesterlester

Link resources

Index of Links to organs mentioned in diverse posts elsewhere on this forum
If you make a posting which gives a link to a site about an organ or organ builder please can you duplicate the link here as a central resource?

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Last post: December 15, 2019, 07:04:11 AM Re: The "Variable Struct... by Moretti Candotti

Sources of sheet music
Online and printed resources. Please place useful links here . . . or if you have some to sell, you're welcome to advertise it here.

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Last post: September 10, 2011, 06:38:00 PM Re: Sheet music websites by ChurchOrganist

YouTube and other MP3 recordings of organs and organ music or other music of relevance
Please post YouTube or other recordings here of reference value . . . or simply because you enjoy them! Please can you give a description as well as a link.

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Last post: July 01, 2021, 09:24:21 AM Re: A new pipe organ by revtonynewnham

Organs can modify the way we perceive

Atheists' Corner
Organs tend to be in religious places . . . and so atheists tend not to like organs at all . . . and after all it's quite appropriate to reject the idea of god as a big daddy sitting on a cloud. Sadly many people never get beyond that rejection . . . so this section is to see how a bigger view might be achieved, perhaps so that people don't feel they have to be excluded and so more may be happier coming in to hear or play organs.

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Last post: October 04, 2016, 11:11:27 AM What is Atheism? by David Pinnegar

Agnostics' line
As two corners must have a line in between . . . this area of the forum is here by member's request

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Last post: May 04, 2012, 11:21:33 PM Re: The thinking man's J... by David Pinnegar

Believers' Corner
Has the organ has helped in your faith, or are there thoughts which might help others in their faith.  The decline in interest of the organ coincides with the decline of numbers of young people being introduced to it in Church. How can Church and Faith be appreciated as more relevant to live than current perceptions would appear?

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Last post: January 30, 2018, 02:06:20 AM The second line of the L... by David Pinnegar

Faith, Religion, Ritual and Consciousness
Organs play an important part of ritual. Many people think they can live entirely without Churches and have not heard of prayer, and appear to do so satisfactorily. What effect does faith, any associated religion and rituals have upon our consciousness? Is there a need to pray for protection from the dangers and perils of this night in the modern age?

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Last post: January 30, 2020, 01:50:01 PM The death knell of the C... by David Pinnegar

No need for church redundancies - the Kingdom of God is nigh . . .
As the consciousness dawns that we are on the last drop of the earth's oil, now having to go deeper and further to extract it, energy, transport, resources, food will become more and more expensive to the point of unobtainium. Only communities who have come together to share local resources in the manner described by an understanding of God, coming together, will survive. The Church has much to give to the community and in due course this shall be valued. This section of the forum is here for those wishing to explore how we plan for the future, before the future plans for us.

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Fundraising for Churches
Launch your fundraising project for a Church here . . .

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Last post: August 03, 2016, 03:49:35 PM Part-time Project Manage... by David Pinnegar

Fundraising for an Organ
Launch your fundraising project for an organ and post details of events here

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Last post: September 29, 2017, 05:13:27 PM Christ Church, Welshpool by Gwas_Bach

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