A number of organs are presently in preparation

enquiries welcome via e-mail at any time

 

 

The first to be ready for sale (probably via e-bay) is

a modest one-manual

of six speaking stops:

 

8 Open Diapason (grooved bass)

8 Stopped Diapason 

8 Dulciana (grooved bass)

4 Principal

4 Stopped Flute

2 Fifteenth

 

Compass:

Manual CC-g 56 notes

Pedals, radiating and concave CCC-F 30 notes  (acting through a coupler - no pedal pipes)

Mechanical action, inbuilt small electric blower and reservoir

Painted softwood case  (when complete, I will post photos of it here)

 

Built c.1880, maker unknown (presumed UK)     Only the pretty 4' Flute is original

The remainder of the original pipework has been replaced by me with better material, those five stops are now all the work of Forster & Andrews Ltd. of Hull c.1870

 

Approximate size: Floorspace c.5' wide by 3' deep      9' tall

 

It can be placed directly backing onto a wall because all action and pipework can be readily accessed from the front.

 

This instrument came to me some twenty years ago in part-exchange when I installed a rescued 2-manual Walker organ in Churchdown Methodist Church, Gloucestershire.

 

When speaking on 3.5" windpressure (at that time without a bellows/regulator of any kind), the above little instrument could support the singing of a congregation of up to 200. It speaks on a lower pressure currently, as a consequence the tone is very attractive and by no means strident at close quarters. Modifying the tonal output (either up or down) is entirely practical due to the revised wind system.

 

 

 

I expect the eventual sale price to be around £2,000

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Once the above instrument has been sold, my next little organ project for sale (probably via e-bay) is a

Three-manual practice organ of four ranks.

It is remarkably compact for the size of the specification, running from a complete stopped 16' octave (mitred to a maximum of 8' height) through to a variety of upperwork.

 

The ranks are Stopped Flute, Open Flute, Small Diapason and Salicional.

Though all are good ranks, the Open Flute is very special, being a rank by Walcker of Germany c.1920.

 

Great:

8sd 8of 4sd 4sf 2.2/3s 2s  Swell to Great   Choir to Great

Swell:

16s 8sd 8sf 8s 4sf 4s 2sd  Tremulant

Choir:

8sf 8s 4of 4sd 2.2/3sf 2f II Mixture [s]  Swell to Choir

Pedal:

32sf (1-12 derived by quinting) 16sf 8s 8sf 4of  Swell to Pedal   Great to pedal   Choir to Pedal

 

The console is new (using rescued parts), detached (up to 15 feet away) and minimalist.

Compass 3 x 61 and 32 notes. 

  

 

The case was rescued from the former pipe organ in Holy Souls Catholic Church, Scunthorpe (built by Postill of York) and is architectural in character featuring a good pediment, and attractive arches. Originally stained pine, it will be refinished in a light shade of moden paint so as to look attractive in a domestic setting.

 

Once again, when it is ready for sale I will post photographs here.

 

 

I expect the e-bay starting price will be in the region of £3,000

If this figure seems low, it is because so much of the instrument is made up of re-used (good) material

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As can be seen elsewhere on this site, my speciality is in the design and voicing of house organs. Two further instruments are 'in the pipeline' though construction on them has not yet started.

 

The first will be a hybrid instrument intended as a

Home practice organ

 

Great: (mechanical action with some borrowed basses)

8 Stopped Diapason

8 Dulciana

4 Principal

4 Chimney Flute

2 Fifteenth

 

Choir: (upper manual on electirc action)

8 Gedackt

4 Stopped Flute

2.2/3 Nazard

2 Piccolo

 

Pedal: (1-12 electronic, remainder electric action)

16 Bourdon

8 Bass Flute

4 Octave Flute

Great to Pedal (mechanical)

Choir to Pedal (electric action)

 

The Great is based on a chamber organ  c.1850 rescued from Newington, Oxfordshire

This instrument is believed to have been made by either Bevington or Holdich (at the time these two builders shared a workshop).

 

The remainder of the scheme is to be derived from a single stopped rank which will be squeezed into empty spaces inside the case which is old, of solid oak and very compact.  Traditional drawstop console, ivory-covered keys, 56-note manual compass, pedals 30 notes.

 

 

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The second is to be the most compact

two-rank extension organ

I have ever built, the 16' octave will be electronic, the remainder of the pipework will sit on top of what was originally a detached console. Thus the console will be a completely standard layout and comfortable (with adjustable pistons), the pipes will be good old ranks of only modest scale, voiced quite gently because of their nearness to the player. 

 

I expect the specification to run to fifteen or so speaking stops.