February 3rd. 2019
The final stages of the facsimile chamber organ by Avery dating from 1790 / 1792 are nearing completion. The organ has had quite a history, this being the third church in which it has been located. John Avery was quite a character and althought he was a craftsman of considerable skills, his personal life was rather fraught with problems. In addition to being drunk most of the time, he was often in prison for debt and indeed, he died in the Giltspur Street Compter ( a prison for debtors as well as a house of correction). He was also reputed to remove pipes from organs he had already built and putting them in other organs.
However, despite this rather bad reputation, he produced excellent work when sober and solvent and his instruments included Winchester and Carlisle cathedrals as well as St Margaret's, Westminster. Whilst nothing of his larger instruments remains, there are still a few small chamber instruments in existence.
The instrument in question is a small single manual of five stops with no pedals presented in a rather lurid red colour. It retains the old long compass down to G and finishes at F thus having a compass of 59 notes. As per the norm G# in the bass does not exist in the real instrument (we have provided pitch shifted notes to cater for this). The organ was completely restored in recent years by the late William Drake who was renowned for sympathetic restoration of old instruments. The instrument had pull down pedals at one time but these were removed in the Drake restoration. The tuning is Meantone Fifth Comma which makes a certain number of keys unpleasant or impossible to play in. Thanks to Hauptwerk many different temperaments can be applied as users see fit. The instrument is cone tuned.
All in all, it's a charming organ and represents the first facsimile Hauptwerk organ dating from before the 1800's.
The specification is: Dulciana, Stopped Diapason, Principal Bass, Principal Treble, Fifteenth Bass, Fifteenth Treble, Sesquialtera Bass, Cornet Treble. There is a shifting pedal to cancel or bring on the upper work.
January 24th. 2019
Two more demo pieces played on the new Concert Series 65-3. There are two 65 stop models of the 65 stop one spread over 4 manuals and the other over 3. As with the Belier below, the instrument is straight "out of the box" without any voicing adjustments. However, there is added multi channel convolved reverberation at 75%
January 10th. 2019
The first demo recording of the New Concert Series 125 is now available below. This demo features the Concert 125 "straight out of the box" and running through a standard out of the box convolved reverberation @ 75%.
Although the piece is not particularly difficult, I have had to use my MIDI file (usually used for practice) because my current performance of the piece is not up to scratch for public performance.
January 4th. 2019
The Concert Series is now complete and I hope to make an official release announcement on the HW forum later today.
There are 10 new models ranging in size from a two manual and pedal 20 stop model up to a four manual 125 stop model.
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