In April this year we had 22 new Viscount digital organs delivered to us here in Bicester. As most customers know our instruments are made by Viscount in the hillside town of Mondaino in the Le Marche region of Italy. Once a month a truck leaves Mondaino and three days later it arrives in Bicester. There is a mixture of standard organs for stock with others made to customer’s specific requirements.
The unloading of the vehicle is always a fun day. Quite often the truck is shared with other company’s goods. Sometime we have to move instruments passed stillage’s of castings or occasionally agricultural machinery. There is often the temptation to have something useful drop of the back of the vehicle but it has not happened yet.
In April this year however we saw the first vehicle from Italy fill up with just Viscount organs. The 22 instruments adding to the 7 left in the building before the truck pulled up. This was the single biggest shipment we have ever brought over and it required a little re-organisation of warehouse space to ensure it would all fit but with excellent forward planning this was achieved.
That evening we left the building with 10 organs prepared and ready to leave for their new expectant customers. Another 19 on the shelf in readiness for the next order to come in.
Oh and not to mention another 14 organs in the showrooms! Will there be any other building in the UK that week with 43 organs on hand? I suspect not but if you know differently do let me know.
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.