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Organs in danger / Re: Free Complete Dismantled Organ
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:36:01 PM »
Is there a specification anywhere?

Thanks so much for posting.

Best wishes

David P

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Apparently this arrangement of pipework was known as a "Christmas tree"! Very apt and rather amazing idea.

Best wishes

David P

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Electronic Organs / Re: New toy
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:54:19 AM »
This sounds exciting.

Certainly the Content expansion module they used to do had some very accurate sounds, particularly the Voix Celeste and the Cromorne.

That they have provided the versatility you describe sounds very impressive.

Best wishes

David P

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Henry-Willis-Junior-Development-Organ/273897600962

A wonderful extension instrument with a most adventurous pipe-rack. Well worth preserving.

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It turns out that this is a setup made by Mixtuur http://www.hauptwerk.fr/contents/fr/p1187.html with over 30 organs installed.

4 manuals



Still available

Best wishes

David P

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Electronic Organs / Re: New toy
« on: June 20, 2019, 01:28:25 PM »
Many congratulations

Looks interesting

Best wishes

David P

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I haven't been particularly enamoured with a certain high profile performer but
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbVnxj8DyE
puts him into a very different light. Perhaps as he matures we'll find that respect is very much deserved.

Best wishes

David P

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A friend has directed me to the latest of Rufatti's videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egOBhLNMnTo well worth watching

Best wishes

David P

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The programme for this event is now on http://hammerwood.mistral.co.uk/programmetuningseminar.pdf and we're delighted to be welcoming organ builder Martin Renshaw who I discovered was at the root of my unease with modern tuning . . .

This is an event for anyone with ears, not just to be abrogated to tuning technicians!

Best wishes

David P

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Inspirational instruments / The Fokker organ . . .
« on: April 25, 2019, 12:26:04 PM »
It probably couldn't be done with pipes . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmGhF32ulKc
but inspirational nevertheless.

Hideously difficult to navigate

Best wishes

David P

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Happy Easter
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:37:47 PM »
Amongst all the terrible things that have happened in different parts of the world may at least Hope arise from the dead.

Best wishes

David P

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It's likely that I will be disposing of my five manual console with around 35 drawstops at some stage

Best wishes

David P

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Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Paris Notre-Dame
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:00:10 PM »
A friend has this evening drawn my attention to the terrible event in Paris https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-47942176

One might think that the instrument would be one of the most studied instruments in all of organ history but could it be re-created?

It's on account of total destructions such as this that it's incumbent upon all to preserve whatever wisps of  heritage in our care.

Best wishes

David P

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From organs to pianos. Experience of organ tuning with pianos can improve piano tone, performance, emotional communicationi and musicianship . . .

http://hammerwood.mistral.co.uk/tuning-seminar.pdf

HAMMERWOOD PARK
presents
The Importance of Tuning
for Better Performance
Monday 6th May 2019 - Arrival 10.30 for 11am - 5pm

This unique seminar day organised by Hammerwood
Park, supported by the Finchcocks Charity for Music
Education and PIANOTEQ, aims to look importance
tuning plays in the appreciation of musical performance,
creativity in music and the ability of music to
communicate.
The day will be hosted by tuning specialist David
Pinnegar and will include presentations and
demonstrations given by professional musicians who
have experienced creative differences from tuning in
different ways. These musicians include the international
renowned pianist and Chopin expert Adolfo Barabino
and a host of musicians with international performance
and recording experience.
The day will include tea/coffee and refreshments, but
will not include lunch. Please bring your own lunch.
Tickets for the day are 30 and include access to all
presentations and performances.
For further information and ticket sales please contact
Hammerwood Park on : 01342 850594
Website : http://www.hammerwood.mistral.co.uk/
concerts.htm
Tickets are also available on PayPal at the following
email : antespam@gmail.com
Hammerwood Park, Hammerwood, East Grinstead,
East Sussex, RH19 3QE

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We are gutting out the church in order to do some repairs, the organ is going to be sold in order to generate some funds for elsewhere in the building.

Well good luck with that. Organs are like stray dogs. To be loved or given away. Getting anyone to pay much for one which needs rebuilding. . .  Well put it another way - who'd buy a stray dog knowing that it will need substantial vets' fees.

Best wishes

David P

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Organ Builders / Re: The Stumm Organ Dynasty (I)
« on: March 10, 2019, 12:23:17 PM »
Dear Ian

Thanks for bringing this wonderful and interesting account to the forum. It's certainly stimulus to the ears when we hear organs unaltered from the 18th century, there being a paucity in Britain and even in France ravaged by the French Revolution. I'm aware there of just one instrument from 1715 and another from 1775 with a couple of 1790 and 91 in the Savoie.

The continuity that the German heritage displays is amazing.

Best wishes

David P

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Among electronic organ facilities I have a soft spot for the versatility of their CM100 extension module. For that reason I was looking at their site and found https://viscountorgans.net/st-lukes-church-pipe-organ/ with news of an instrument needing urgent rescue.


Full marks to them also for helping with the Blenheim Palace appeal https://viscountorgans.net/diary-page-turner-blenheim-palace/


Electronic manufacturers have been thought of as the deathknell of pipe instruments but when one sees enthusiasm such as we see here, it's really wonderful to see where David Mason's heart is.

Best wishes

David P

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This is the sorriest of sagas. It's a pity that those responsible could not be contaminated with asbestos and dealt with accordingly thereby.

Best wishes

David P

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Thanks so much for these thoughts and considerations on temperament history.

I'm organising a temperament awareness day on 6th May rather more specifically geared to the piano but on the basis that attention to tuning encourages listening, by players, and better more sensitive playing in an effort to reinvigorate people's interest in classical music.

On account of this and the need to demonstrate alternatives to equal temperament I've encompassed Pianoteq www.pianoteq.com which is great for research and demonstration purposes. To tune a whole instrument for instance from Kellner to 6th Comma Meantone doesn't really allow instant comparison :-) but the ability to simulate electronically is a great privilege. The extent to which 1/6 Comma still retains features of the strength of 1/4 comma is remarkable but whether the temperament is 1/6 Comma or Werkmeister III or Kirnberger III or whatever, they all have common features and not greatly differing strengths of spice. Certainly with pianos I think that many temperaments were variously used and that there wasn't a "right" temperament universally in use, the only wrong temperament being the universal one as used now.

The specifications of your instrument are really wonderfully comprehensive and a feat of which to be very proud. This forum is a place where people can talk unashamedly about their works and their instruments. We have to kindle the spirits of enthusiasms.

Best wishes

David P

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