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Restoring pipe organs / Wellington Town Hall $1.45M restoration
« on: November 29, 2013, 01:55:05 AM »
One of NZ's premier pipe organs is the organ in the Wellington Town Hall.
The building itself is an earthquake risk, so is being restructured. The entire 50 ton instrument is being removed, restored, and stored until 2016, when it'll be re-installed.

Earthquakes have been a big problem in NZ the last few years. I'm glad that this work is being done.

More info:

I was lucky enough to spend some time at the console last year, and took some recordings, including a demonstration of the stops: and one of my favourite hymn tunes:

Organ registration / Re: 32ft on a manual
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:38:41 PM »
The Dunedin Town Hall organ in New Zealand has a 32' reed (TC) on the Swell. The rank is a 16/8/4 unit reed. That organ has 3x 16' reeds, no actual 32' reeds.

Organs wanted / Re: 8' Tuba for sale
« on: October 25, 2013, 01:18:09 AM »

Organs wanted / Re: Organ manuals wanted
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:26:40 AM »
I've tried getting in contact with the SIOC a couple of times. Never specifically asking about this, but I've found that it takes months to get a reply from them.

It's indeed sad about the state of organs in New Zealand after the earthquakes.

Organs wanted / Re: 8' Tuba for sale
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:25:11 AM »
Hi all,

This organ was in Lower Hutt since the mid to late 50's, I believe. It was a Christy organ (theatre wing of Hill, Norman and Beard), modified extensively by Monk and Gunther, who replaced the console and removed the toy counter, and imported into New Zealand after WW2.
It has the following ranks:
Bourdon 16' -> 2' (pierced stoppers from 4' c)
8 -> 2 Dulciana
8 -> 4 Open Diapason
8 -> 4 Geigen Principal
8 Salicional
8 Celeste (TC)
4 Rohr Flute (added in the 60's)
8 Clarinet
8 Tuba (58 reeds, 3 flues, top 3-4 octaves are harmonic).

The organ used to speak on about 6-7" WP, but was reduced to around 4 1/2". I don't know how well or otherwise the voicing was, as the church bought a digital organ several years ago and the organ's console cable was cut.

The 16' bourdon is the largest scale bourdon I've ever seen. It's 8' CC is the same scale as the 16' CCC on the other bourdon I have.

Organs wanted / 8' Tuba for sale
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:29:38 AM »
Hi all,

I recovered an old pipe organ from a church here in New Zealand that was getting scrapped. I've never heard it going, but I'm told that the Tuba was overbearingly loud for the church. That being the case, it most certainly won't be suitable for my home.

According to a scribble on the wind chest it was on approx 6" WP.
I have the wind chest available too, but given that I live in New Zealand, it might be a bit difficult and expensive to ship as well as the pipes. The chest is electro pneumatic at first glance. I may be wrong. It stood alone from the rest of the organ.
The resonators have a high lead percentage. They are very heavy. Bottom octave are mitred and point straight up, everything else points forward.
All pipes speak, and speak loudly.

I'm interested to see whether there is anyone here who might be interested in doing a deal for them.
My pipe organ wishlist includes:
- A stack of four matching manuals
- A quint mixture
- A not so loud 8' trumpet

Organs wanted / Organ manuals wanted
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:17:06 AM »
Hi all,

I'm in the process of building an organ that's going to initially run Hauptwerk, and then, when I get some more space, it'll be hooked up to my ranks of pipes. I've got a couple of old two manual 'stacks', but they don't match - some keys are slightly wider etc.
I'm looking for either a four manual stack, or two two manual stacks that I can use together that match. I know I can buy brand new from places like midiworks, but I can't afford the 4k asking price :)

I'll need shipping to New Zealand as well.

Cheers all :)

House Organs / Re: My house organ
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:15:19 PM »
Thanks mate :)

I'm hoping to develop this organ into something of a decent size, the trouble is getting pipes, especially all the way down in New Zealand.
Funds are also a problem, what with me getting married in 4 months.


House Organs / My house organ
« on: November 29, 2011, 06:38:42 PM »
I'm a bit of an organ fanatic. Not a lot of talent, but a lot of enthusiasm.

I was lucky to hear of a small organ on offer here in New Zealand that I have managed to pick up and install in my garage. It is a temporary home for the organ until I purchase a new house sometime in the next year or so.
I'm very lucky in that my fiancee disapproves so heartily of the organ she has given me permission to build my own organ 'room' when we get a new place. We'll be paying that off for ages, but I won't say no!

Anyway, my organ is an eight rank extension organ.
Two manuals plus pedals.
- SubBass 16 (Extended from Bourdon 8)
- Bourdon 8
- Open Diapason 8
- Gambe 8 (bottom octave pinched from Bourdon)
- Violetta 4
- Principal 4 (independent from diapason)
- Flute 4
- Piccolo 2
- Faggotto 16 (extended from Oboe)
- Oboe 8

There is also a 2 2/3 Nazard which is nicked from the Piccolo, but it sounds pants, so I don't tend to use it.

My plans for this organ are to design a new method of patching the wires from the solenoids to the console (I'm a computer engineer by trade, so communications and wiring is second nature), design a new facade for the new house, and replace the console with something that has 'proper' stops, instead of tabs. I might even slowly make my own.

Here are some pictures.
I can't seem to upload images, so here are some links to my photos on Facebook.
Delivery Day!
Swell Chest
Great Chest
Flute, Principal and Piccolo on swell chest. Gambe and Open Diapason visible in background
Gambe, Violetta and Open Diapason on the Great wind chest
Bourdon, Flute, Principal and Piccolo on the Swell Chest. The Oboe and Fagotto haven't arrived yet
Pipes minus the reeds
The Console
Woeful wiring.

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