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Electronic Organs / Re: Ahlborn H5 voice issue
« Last post by David Pinnegar on August 12, 2018, 10:18:05 AM »
Thanks for this update

I have Ahlborn expansion modules which have gone the same way :-(

Best wishes

David P
Electronic Organs / Re: Ahlborn H5 voice issue
« Last post by Donald on August 04, 2018, 11:01:12 AM »
As a follow-up, and having heard back from Ahlborn agent in the UK, confirmed - once the acid seeps through the vias or feed-through-plated holes, then the glass fibre has become impregnated, and with it being a multi-layer board (2 trace layers sandwiched inside as well as component and solder sides) EVEN IF a repair worked, it would not be reliable.
The batteries in question have about a 6-7 year life span and OUGHT to have been a dealer recall with design modification to remove the battery from the board and relocate at some distance.
Very sad, and doubtless fairly expensive for a small rural Church at the time, this size of instrument would have been ideal for donation to retirement/care homes, but unless design engineers take into consideration a single life-limiting component, the entire brand name will suffer.
I gather it stopped working about 10 years ago (made in 1999 I think) so not good value.
Otherwise with battery intervention, it would still be good as new and could doubtless last may years.
Replacement boards are not available, so it is terminal.
Ahlborn agent did offer to examine board free of charge to see if it was repairable but mine is considerably damaged all the way through.

Thank-you for a most interesting forum chaps.
Electronic Organs / Re: Ahlborn H5 voice issue
« Last post by Donald on August 03, 2018, 07:58:41 AM »
New member here but thought I should respond to this old thread.
In South West Scotland at a local Church about to be closed there is an Ahlborn H5-B (991047 - date code?) with considerable battery acid trouble on the digital processor board, everything else seems ok. The damage has even gone through the feed-through holes and corroded the underside of the board.
From this, I doubt even the most patient of repairs would be reliable as the fibreglass board itself is surely impregnated, however there may be IC and components worth salvaging.
Unless there's a supply of new digital boards, I can't see this one escaping the dump. :(
It is truly appalling design to stick a dirty battery in the middle of a high density microprocessor when with all the room inside the organ it could so easily have been mounted off-board.
Is there anyone desperate and in need of an "organ donor"?
Or have others succeeded in repairing acid damage?
Give me real pipes any day!!
Best wishes,
 that is most impressive ! There can't be may ways to know what was being played in the 18th Century, but this seems to be one of them !
Regards Peter B
Organ Builders / John Mander to retire
« Last post by revtonynewnham on June 30, 2018, 09:28:00 AM »

Announced on the Mander organs forum yesterday, John Mander, who has headed the firm for 35 years, is to retire.  New directors have been appointed, and the firm will shortly become in effect employee-owned.

I'm sure we all wish John a long & happy retirement.
Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer l'édition 2018 du Festival International d'Orgue de Lille.
Cette année encore , tous les dimanches après midi (16:30), du 01/07 au 27/08, et le 15/08 , nous accueillerons le fleuron des organistes européens, autour de l'orgue, de st Martin d'Esquermes à Lille . Quartier de Vauban Esquermes.

Sur la console ( lieu où joue le musicien) mobile dans la nef, les auditeurs découvriront la virtuosité des musiciens, en temps réel.
Français du nord, de Paris , Belges, Américains, Italiens,  Anglais et autres Canadiens viendront défendre leur talent dans des programmes éclectiques et virtuoses.
Une occasion 'facile' de se familiariser avec l'instrument, la musique classique, et découvrir de nouveaux horizons artistiques.

Pour découvrir nos artistes invités :

le 15 juillet :

le 5 aout : Thomas Mellan des etats Unis, lauréant de concours Jeunes Organistes à San Diego

le 15 Aout : nicolas PICHON

Le 1 juillet : l'ensemble Vocal Clara Voce

Clôture du Festival par Josep Scolle COL, Organiste de St Pierre de ROME !!
Organ Builders / Henry Willis IV RIP
« Last post by revtonynewnham on June 24, 2018, 09:06:58 AM »
From Facebook this morning:-

"It is with tremendous sadness that Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. has reported the death of Henry Willis 4 b. 19th Jan 1927 - d. 23rd June 2018
Mr. Willis was the last member of the Willis dynasty to be materially involved in the family firm from which he stood down as Managing Director on his birthday in 1997, later appointing David Wyld to the position: he continued as the Majority Shareholder until the 28th November 1998.
An obituary has been written by Bruce Buchanan and will appear in The Times tomorrow."
The barrel organ of c1790 from the Colt Collection has now been acquired for public access and study -

With a repertoire of 60 items spread across 16 rolls drawn from opera, popular and sacred music as well as two of Handel's concertos the instrument is a unique insight into 18th century performance style.

Best wishes

David P
Organs wanted / Re: looking for big organ
« Last post by Tremolo on June 10, 2018, 04:10:24 PM »
Thanks for your proposals!
The organ of Kilbarchan West Church is a very fine instrument. Unfortunately they have a polish organ-builder who wants to visit the instrument for a polish church. I know the polish organ companies and there is nothing good I could say about it, this would be the last job for this organ. An expert-report of H&H estimates the coast of restoring of 230.000, not to much for us.
The Dartford Organ is a little bit to small, we need 16' Diapason on Great and 35-50 stops.
Is there any other idea?

Thank you and best regards!
Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Back from hospital
« Last post by revtonynewnham on June 06, 2018, 09:13:03 AM »
Thanks to all for your support & IB1604531312rayers
Every Blessing
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