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Inspirational instruments / Cavaillé Coll organ in Manchester
« on: January 07, 2021, 12:26:46 AM »
A full five manual about to be restored:

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Organ of Kassel St Martin - Rieger Orgelbau
« on: December 04, 2020, 10:47:41 PM »
The organ at Kassel St Martin by Rieger Orgelbau

is based on demonstrations heard at the 2011 Zurich symposium

Best wishes

David P

Questions of Temperament / The Modified Meantone of St Maximin
« on: October 29, 2020, 10:09:07 PM »
By chance I happened on details of the temperament used at St Maximin -

It's certainly very effective

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Goodall's Organs
« on: September 18, 2020, 09:52:14 PM »
A friend pointed me to which is certainly a tour of the world's instruments claiming fame . . . .

Best wishes

David P

Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Mander and the forum
« on: August 26, 2020, 11:56:10 AM »
I haven't been following matters in the organ world closely and with shock saw a photo on FB of JPM with boxes of ivory stop knobs having to be sent for destruction. It didn't dawn on me immediately but the news was rather graver than that of mere stop knons.

Manders have been leading builders, restorers and scholars of organs in our generation and their loss is incalculable. I just hope that they leave behind resources in their wake going to other firms but their demise is a most sad loss to the British organ.

It would be appropriate for others to write more about the achievements of the firm in tribute here, and likewise is the loss of the Mander forum which has been a repository of knowledge from which so many have gleaned inspirations.

Whilst the future of the Mander forum is to say the least, perhaps members from there might feel comfortable communicating here and feel "at home". Tony Newnham, PCND, Barrie Davies and Pierre Lauwers are admins and moderators here and anyone else wanting to take part is welcome and we hope also that you'll feel that moderation here is in good hands.

This forum exists to provide enthusiasm and encouragement to organs and organists and organbuilders. It's also a place where organ builders are welcome to indulge in "free advertising", talking about instruments they're building and without inhibition. It's only about enthusing about new things coming along and the best of the old that perhaps new people will sit up and realise that organs are worth talking about, enthusing, and finding enjoyment.

Best wishes

David P

Restoring pipe organs / Cathédrale Saint-Christophe de BELFORT
« on: June 18, 2020, 08:17:48 PM »
The instrument of  Waltrin-Callinet-Schwenkedel  restored in 2012 -

From our local DJ / Classic FM gives centre stage to organ!
« on: June 18, 2020, 05:36:08 PM »
It's really great to see a radio station as popular as Classic FM giving the organ an appropriate position on the musical horizon -
and encourages people to play the organ on their laptop . . . !

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Notre Dame, Paris - superb video
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:07:49 PM »
A friend turned up which gives a brilliant insight into the instrument

Best wishes

David P



This "super little organ" - as described by one of our leading organ builders, has become available due to a change of personnel and policy, mid-stream of a relocation project. It is beautifully made of the finest materials. It was overhauled some years ago by Messrs' Rushworth & Dreaper, including releathering of the pedal and off-note pneumatic motors. The blower has a three-phase motor by Bull, described by an electrical contractor as "very good." There is no asbestos situation, as the blower was previously unencased in an adjoining room. Also with hand blowing with feeders still in place. A very reasonable quotation for an alternative new single-phase blower has already been obtained, should it be required.

Max. height front pipes 5334 / to top of Swell box 3860 / total width of front 3352 (including side panels with dummies extra to main organ) / depth including pedal chest along rear 3352 plus 450 for pedalboard. Pedal chest could be relocated to suit, thus reducing depth.

Great  8   8   8   4   4        Swell  8   8   8   4   8   Pedal  16   8.    Excellent manual tracker action with perfect touch. Pedal pneumatic. Central balanced Swell pedal.

Some ranges of tracker ends have been carefully unbuttoned, the remainder snipped to accommodate the demolition deadline. That apart, and subject to three-phase availability, the organ is "ready to go."

The organ has been professionally dismantled and is stored in secure, temperate atmospheric conditions in Hull, easily accessible for inspection and/or collection at any mutually convenient time.   

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / House organ for sale
« on: March 06, 2020, 10:42:10 PM »
built 2004 by Mr R Wood in Huddersfield.
Dimensions - tallest pipe is 9 feet 3 inches, organ is 4 feet 2 inches deep and 5 feet wide
Ped : Bourdon 16
Bass flute 8
Octave 4
Man 1 : Gedackt 8
Principal 4
Mixture 11
Man 2 : Gedackt 8
Flute 4
Nazard 2/3
Octave 2
3 couplers.
Electric action
The organ pipes are protected by a specially made perspex casing.

WEIWUYING 衛武營 National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
in Fengshan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Klais - three consoles . . .

Worthy of more research!

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Bridgewater Hall four manual
« on: March 04, 2020, 11:04:36 PM » isn't the only recording on this instrument but it's clearly versatile and inspirational.

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Four manual instrument at Evreux
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:54:18 PM »

Designed with a case that's intended to throw the sound into and down the nave the organ is startling and well worth attention . . .

Best wishes

David P

Organ tuition / Scholarship to study in Fribourg.
« on: February 19, 2020, 01:18:28 PM »
Thanks to

Following the statutory aims that provide promotion of the Historical Organs Heritage in the Fribourg region and the encouragement of young people in organ studies, the Fondation Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg is offering a scholarship for organ studies at Fribourg University of Music (HEMU - Site de Fribourg - www for the Academic Year 2020/21.

Application procedure:
• Please complete the enclosed application form which should be sent with your CV and a covering letter, copy of academic degrees, copy of ID and three letters of recommendation to Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg, Rue des Alpes 7, CH 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland or by mail to:
• Please apply for admission at HEMU - Site de Fribourg: - (Entrance exam: April 6, 2020)
• Closing date for applications: March 1, 2020.

Condition for eligibility is to have been admitted at the HEMU- Site de Fribourg (Fribourg University of Music - for the academic year 2020/21 in one of the following degrees: Bachelor, Master, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

For further information please contact:

Scholarship Amount: 5000 CHF/year. The successful candidate will also be invited to play a concert.

Many have been dismayed by the proclamations of the Church of England about sex in recent weeks.

It was a member here on this forum who helped me to grapple with my faith and belief and finally junk the anthropomorphised analogue of the Creator with the simple statement "God is Love".

There are many who grow up without Love and don't understand it. What is it? Working Together in the widest, deepest, most holistic sense with everyone, every living being, everything, the planet, the universe, circumstances . . . Because Working Together is truly the Creator . . .
  • invisible
  • everywhere
  • all powerful
  • eternal
responsible for creating everything . . .

Three quarks work together to make a proton. Protons and electrons work to make atoms . . . right the way up to biological structures . . . and our organs (forgive the pun) working together to give us the Divine (what is Divine? Working Together) gift of the breath of life. And the breath of life works together as the sound that gives the name which must never be said . . . . Aahay or Aayah . . . . and the understanding of which gives to the heart of the religions in worship of Yahweh and A**ah (ll as in Mallorca, Maiyorca) - the saying of which destroys the sound that they represent and its significance. Thus the second line of the Lord's Prayer.

So what has the Church got to do with pronouncements on sex? Sex is just one way of people working together. Abuse of sex comes through not working together. How people want to enjoy sex in the form of working together not a matter on which religions should pronounce as long as it leads to . . . Working Together.

The recent pronouncement by the Church of England is a prohibition against different ways of different people working together and contrary to "Working Together"

The law of the universe is that stuff that doesn't work together isn't here . . . it either never existed or ceases to exist pretty fast.

If the human race doesn't work together with its planet, then the human race will cease to exist.

Where would you be if your father's sperm had not worked together with your mother's egg.

Where would you be if your organs stopped working together?

Where would you be if your genes didn't work together?

Decisions have to work together to produce an event. If the decisions don't work together, then no event results. So working together is the creator in more than the material world, it is the creator in the time domain too, the domain of process, and leads to the Sea of Circumstances upon which I've written before.

Religions that don't acknowledge Love, Working Together, as the source of creation will cease to exist and those religions which don't work together with other religions are seen for what they are, empty of Working Together.

Unfortunately the Church Of England has fallen to base animal instinct of tribalism, and together with the organs in its churches, will cease to exist.

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: January 30, 2020, 01:10:26 PM »
In my opinion the Hauptwerk project and associated sample sets are really important for being able to introduce us to different types and styles of instrument, and repertoire.

But Hauptwerk is . . . well people make criticisms of Hauptwerk that are well known. Not only that but getting any sort of response for a request for help is simply out of the question unless upon a very commercial basis. Goodwill is held for naught.

And then there are creators of sample sets created for version 4.2 which simply don't run on version 4.1. In this category is one of the instruments sampled by Piotr Grabowski as well as all the organs painstakingly sampled in Malta where there is an extraordinary collection of pipe organs both original and of historic importance as well as a number imported, installed, restored and maintained by Robert Buhagiar.

So it's a real pleasure to see two new software projects coming along.

One is Organteq from the makers of Pianoteq. The piano software is really extraordinary and the organ software from the same stable works really well - and it will be a pleasure to see future development of this.

The other is Grand Organ which I haven't had the opportunity of trying yet but looks interesting and created with an ethos of helping and promoting the future of real existing pipe organs.

Andrew Jones designed the software from scratch, he says, following the maths of the appropriate tasks. He writes:

However, this isn’t just yet another VPO up for sale.  Our project from the outset was to try and make VPO less threatening and actually help the pipe organs they imitate.  It was also important to us to encourage more young organists by offering it to them for free, and any proceeds that come from the software and sample sets, actually goes back to help protect and maintain the real thing.

Our staff donate their time freely.  The costs of running the company are relatively low, so we are able to pass on more than just token donations to the organ funds.

We also specialise in helping create a new sampled organ, perhaps which may need some help and restoration, and making a digital replica available, to raise funds for that organ.  In most cases we offer this without taking any proportion of the proceeds.  On a case by case basis.

We also like to intervene as early as possible for organs which are otherwise playable but at risk, which can be sampled and at least preserved digitally before they rot.  Again, if we can help stop that organ being at risk, then we will.  We are only limited by how much support we get from the organ community.

In my opinion this is the true spirit of organ enthusiasm and just what the organ world needs.

Best wishes

David P

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