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Anonymous @ 1760-1780

This instrument can be found in a tiny church in a little countryside village hamlet which is barely on the map. It is one of a few known to me that are not currently listed under the N.P.O.R. The case design and tonal quality of the basic instrument would lead me to believe that it was constructed somewhere between 1760 and 1780 as a single manual for its original owner and at a later time (post @ 1850), the instrument was moved to its current location and rebuilt as a two manual and pedal instrument with two extra stops : Keraulophone 8' and Wald Flute 4'. I estimate post 1850 because the Keraulophone (an attempt at a string stop) was not invented until 1843 by Gray and Davison.

The instrument casework implies that it is an altered single manual chamber organ because there is a very definite "join" at the sides. I believe that the rear of the sides were tacked on to the original and were taken from the back of the instrument. The compass extends to F54 and some of the stops extend only down to F18 as is common in other chamber organs of the late 1700's. The dummy half wooden decorated "metal" case-front pipes are also typical of this period and type of instrument. As to where it came from and who built it, this is entirely conjecture. Certainly, several builders of chamber organs could have been responsible since there are other examples of their work in the area. The church in itself is of the Victorian age so the instrument obviously came from somewhere else originally as stated above. Close by is an old former priory owned by a well known impresario and I reckon that the instrument probably originated from here.

Despite the fact that the blower is rather hissy and I had to resort to tape and blu-tac to reduce the noise, the stops in themselves are very pleasant and the diapason chorus of 8, 4 and 2 on the Great blends well. There is an additional Dulciana and a divided Stopped Diapason which are also rather nice. I have already mentioned the Keraulophone which definitely would not have been part of any original instrument but the 4' Flute is a standard open stop of wood contruction.

I have decided to create the HW instrument in two versions which include 1. The original odd specification with an added simple Bourdon pedal. 2. As an extended single manual with pedal which moves the 4' Swell flute to join the Great and I have added a typical split Sesquialtera / Cornet. The Keraulophone has been omitted. As you can see from the photos, there are no pedal coupler drawstops and the manuals are automatically connected by pull-downs.

Some photos of the instrument are below:

The second and third photos show the stop arrangement for the Swell and Great organs and likewise photos 4 and 5 show the pipework. Notice the classic Keraulophone holes at the top. In the final photograph, you can see the join in the cornice which coincides exactly with the start of the swell box. Obviously the new console was tacked on to the front replacing the original. The HW stop screens are shown below:

 

A COMPASS LIMITED TRIAL VERSION WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY at: http://www.silveroctopus.co.uk/TRIALANON.CompPkg.Hauptwerk.rar

THE COMPASS RUNS FROM G43 TO C72 GIVING 2.5 OCTAVES.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE TWO TRIAL VERSIONS AVAILABLE - THE FIRST IS THE ORIGINAL TWO MANUAL AND THE SECOND  IS PRESENTED AS A SINGLE MANUAL

ANON 1760-1795: 25.00

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