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Started by Barrie Davis, April 12, 2011, 01:26:48 PM
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Quote from: Colin Pykett on April 12, 2011, 07:15:54 PM I guess most will have noticed that electronic organs never have resultant bass stops (at least, I've never seen one that did). The reason is that they don 't need to unless a customer insisted on it. All the bestColin Pykett
Quote from: Colin Pykett on April 16, 2011, 10:20:58 PMAs for 'Harmonics of 32 foot'. there is a 9 rank example on Compton's organ at St Osmund's, Parkstone near Poole. Church was C of E but is now Romanian Orthodox. Organ is protected by Grade 1 HOC. NPOR http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N07503. Sorry if I offend Compton enthusiasts, but this is definitely one of the least pleasant and daftest instruments I have ever played, partly because of this stop. If this had been invented and used by Hope-Jones it would have been loudly and widely derided. But because it was by Compton (most of whose electric technology and some of whose tonal ideas were purloined from H-J), it has people drooling over it. (Can anyone explain this phenomenon please?. Someone whom I cannot now recall surmised that it was because Compton was not gay whereas H-J was, at a time when it mattered more than it does now! There might be some truth in that).BestColin Pykett
Quote from: Barry Williams on April 17, 2011, 02:08:45 AM"Organ is protected by Grade 1 HOC"I would be interested to know exactly what protection is afforded by a 'Grade 1 Historic Organ Certificate'.As I understand it (and I may well be totally mistaken), the HOC scheme has no legal basis whatsoever and affords no protection at all. There has been at least one case where BIOs has tried to issue an HOC and the organ's owner(s) have refused it. There is no comparison to the Listing of a building, which is a matter of law.Attempts to have a statutory basis to Listing organs have failed largely because of the way it has been approached, with masses of near identical letters bombarding MPs.At one time Parkstone had pased out of ecclesiastical jurisdiction and into the Local Authority's control because it was no longer used for public worship. I know this because \i had a potentail home for the organ but the 'organ anaorak brigade' tried to put som many conditions on its restoration that the potential new owners backed off - and rightly so, for it would have been a financial liability.Colin's comments about the organ give me comfort that it was left as it is.Barry Williams