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From our local DJ / Re: BBC prom this afternoon
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:32:22 AM »
well you should be able to listen to it again at.

at least for the new few days

a copy of the list of Music from that web page
March 'Sound and Vision' (4 mins)
Mikado Memories (arr. R. Hills) (7 mins)
Miniature Suite - Villanella (4 mins)
Four Aces Suite - Ace of Hearts (3 mins)
Three Dances from Nell Gywn (12 mins)
A Handful of Keys (3 mins)"

thanks for letting us know about this program.
regards Peter B

Hi, I just saw this on one of the music lists and was impressed that there is interest in Modern Harpsichords.
regards Peter B

The Department of Music at the University of Southampton (UK), together with The National Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, announce TWO fully-funded collaborative PhD studentships, commencing 1 October 2013.  These studentships are for the project The Making of the Modern Harpsichord.

This project aims to investigate the history of harpsichord revival in England, concentrating on the period from the mid-1930s onward, and to determine how the reinvention of the harpsichord by its advocates musicians, collectors, cataloguers, instrument makers influenced contemporary creative practice as well as fostering projects of historical revival. It will consider the development of harpsichord repertory in the twentieth century, interrogating the intersections between the edition and performance of historical works, the composition of new music, and the physical and sonic qualities of the increasingly prominent and rapidly evolving instrument.  The practical context for both studentships will be provided by the National Trust, principally at Mottisfont Abbey, the childhood home of Raymond Russell one of the most important figures in the mid-century early music revival and at Fenton House (London) and Hatchlands (Surrey), both of which house important collections of
 period keyboard instruments.

Studentships are open to eligible UK and EU resident students.  For further information and application details, please see

Closing date:  June 28, 2013.

Harpsichords / Dulce Melos and French Radio program
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:30:00 PM »
Hi, I saw that on one of the Music lists there was a link posted to a French Radio program that discusses the dulce melos .
it seems that there is also a youtube recording.

regards Peter B

as there has been discussion here previously about the merits of Digital and Analogue recording I thought I would mention an article about the BBC's efforts.

on another point online players such as youtube do process / compress the audio ( and video )  a certain amount as far as I know.

regards Peter B

Hi, in case you didn't heard the short radio clip on radio 4, the early grand Piano is now back at Apsley House.

I don't know what Temperament it has been tuned to ?

regards Peter B

Hi, a couple of Pipe Organs on ebay. including one on the Isle of Wight
Item number:

a House Organ in Oxford ( but it is in a Church )
item number Item number:

if you have more of a Theatre taste then there is this Allen. ( in New Milton )
ebay number Item number:

hope this info is useful to someone
regards Peter B

in case any of you are interested, Matthew Blaiden is playing at Carshalton Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd March 10am to noon.
my only connection with the above is that I live in Carshalton !
more details at

regards Peter B

From our local DJ / Howard Goodall on BBC 2 TV Story Of Music
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:42:09 AM »
Hi, just to let you know the Howard Goodall is on BBC 2 Tv at 9-30 pm tonight.
he is covering the story of Music, and he has also written a book called the same title.
just thought you might be interested.
regards Peter B

From our local DJ / Re: Recording studio specialising in pipe organs!
« on: January 20, 2013, 11:19:42 AM »
with regard to the Tascam 34b well at least you should be able to download the user manual which will give the setting up instructions. DBX or Dolby can help with the background noise but need to be set up correctly otherwise they can make things worse !

I agree the snow does seem to have reduced the amount of postings / emails generally.

regards Peter B

P.S. " if " I was going to record Pipe Organs I would want to use a digital recorder as well as an analogue machine in case anything broke down !

Electronic Organs / Re: Lowther cabinet on ebay
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:33:55 PM »
 I just saw a speaker cabinet, Lowther on ebay .....
unfortunately no speaker in it.
item number 300827979665
located in High Wycombe .
in case anyone is interested in it.

regards Peter B

Electronic Organs / Klipsch organ speaker ! and Tour
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:51:27 AM »
this was posted to the Hammond Organ list but seems to be an interesting Tour.

check out the video at about 7:20 for an organ related speaker.

but I wonder what it sounds like ? probably not like a Leslie cabinet ( which is a great sound but not what everyone wants ! )

regards Peter B

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Parts for a house organ?
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:33:48 PM »
if only my woodworking skills etc were better and I had the time and space I would love to work on something like that.

regards Peter B

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Nigel Church Organ
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:22:05 PM »
if the link above doesn't work then the ebay number is 281025251645
located in Breaston Derbys.
it seems a shame that they don't want to keep this Organ.
regardsPeter B

Organ concerts / Re: Early Music Exhibition
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:29:28 AM »
I have managed to visit in some previous years and have found that some of the instrument makers recitals to be most enjoyable.
regards Peter B

Organ concerts / D'Arcy Trinkwon at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:49:01 PM »
just to let you know that I received the brochure from the Fairfields Halls in Croydon a day or two ago.
it seems that D'Arcy Trinkwon is playing there on Sunday January the Thirteenth 2013 playing a selection of Music, some with a Christmas Theme.
I hope that I can get along.

regards Peter B

well I haven't heard the modern Makin Organs in a similar setting to that which I have heard Hauptwerk in so I can't compare the two directly.
I feel that any Electronic instrument relies on the Speakers and Amplifiers that are used, and that the more channels of amplification used, the more likely it is to get realistic sounds.
one thing to consider when deciding is what warranty is offered with each instrument ?
Any instrument ( whether Pipe or Electronic ) will as far as I know have to be voiced to suit the building it is in.

regards Peter B

To AnOrganCornucopia:

 As you well know, Hauptwerk blows Makin out of the water. 


Christopher Martin,
CM Digital Organs

having two five octave manuals and a nearly full pedal board is a definite advantage.
it would help to know approximately which part of the country the Organ is located in, as transporting instruments isn't always the most straightforward thing to do.
the Organ generator ic might be an SGS M108,
there is a data sheet available at
the ic was used in a couple of home organs including I think the Maplin Matinee Organ.

regards Peter B

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Organ in Bristol
« on: September 29, 2012, 09:47:45 AM »
Hi, interesting that the Organ still has a handle for emergencies ..... when the power fails
I hope that a new home can be found for this Organ.

regards Peter B

Electronic Organs / Viscount single manual electronic on ebay
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:59:58 AM »
in case anyone is looking for a single manual Organ
there is a Viscount Organ on ebay.
Item number: 271057371085
located in East Sussex.
and a not un reasonable start price !

regards Peter B

Organs wanted / Re: Wanted small and cheap
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:19:46 AM »
Hi, I would suggest ( I know that not everyone would agree ) that you looked out for a cheap home keyboard with a 5 octave manual, that had a couple of Organ sounds available.
this would at least enable some hymns to be played, and might well sound better that the Home organ with offset manuals. Some of the top of the range Home Organs actually would probably sound ok, but I know that the one you have probably isn't a top of the range model.
or course if you could find a full sized Organ that would be a much better solution.

regards  Peter B

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