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Organ History / Henry Willis
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:40:56 PM »
There's an obituary for him in the Daily Telegraph today.


Organ Builders / Re: Willis floating Barker Lever restoration
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:01:41 AM »
But what is a 'floating Barker lever'? Presumably, it is neither a Barker lever nor a Floating lever; certainly it is rare.


Yes, you are quite right; spot on.

And whilst we are about it, that Acropolis thing should be taken down. It's old and dilapidated, it doesn't keep out the rain, you can't store anything in it as there are no doors. I guess that it's dangerous too judging by the state of it. Suppose a falling bit killed somebody, then we'd hear a thing or two! If something is needed up there, a couple of portacabins should do the job. They can do wonders these days and it wouldn't take long to arrange.

I'm still thinking about the pyramids


Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: The End of the Internet
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:19:29 AM »
Why should something outrageous be, of necessity, entirely fallacious? It is hard to think of a fictitious outrage that has not been based on fact, analogous or otherwise .

But have there been any universal outrages; any act that outraged every single person who was properly informed about it? I think not because the perpetrator, one or many, was likely not outraged by his own actions at the time. Most likely he was outraged by some previous event. Or perhaps he was out of his mind. Can a mad man commit an outrage?

Dragging this down to our own level, the destruction of the organ in the Great George Street Chapel, Liverpool was an outrage to those who care about these things. But was it a good organ? I never heard or saw it, but I have seen Hill organs of the period. None were satisfying. Hill had many more mistakes to make before York Minster was put right (by the standards of the time) and Birmingham Town Hall was not ever right in his lifetime. The restoration of the organ at St Mary at Hill in the City is, I believe, contentious. Was it restored simply because it was old and bore the name Hill or because it was a fine art piece that satisfies most who hear and play it?

Yes, I am calling for a Public Inquiry into the work of William Hill (1789-1870).



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