I am sure that we are all reeling from the shock of the imposed lockdown and spending considerable time now wondering what will follow on. What will the new norm be? When will we feel happy going to the pub again and when will our churches reopen.
Most of us have too much time to dwell on predicting the future so I had a very welcome distraction unloading a delivery of 20 instruments that had left the Viscount Factory in Mondaino just 4 days earlier.
Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day, so to enable the delivery lorry to leave quickly I could unload the instruments by fork truck onto the surrounding tarmac. Let’s face it there was no other traffic around so if needed I could have put them in the road!
Once unloaded I could then at leisure plan fitting the 20 new instruments and some bass speakers into our warehouse. Five instruments were destined for a quick turnaround when it is safe to resume deliveries so I brought these last into the building. Two of these were split to enable them to navigate a multitude of stairs from street level to final destination.
With all other staff furloughed I was working alone again next day. A welcome distraction wiring on UK plugs, carrying out final testing and voicing lining them up ready for the time we could arrange delivery.
A new delivery from Italy, so hard hit by the virus was a very welcome sight. Not quite as significant as the dove bringing an olive branch to the Ark but almost equally symbolic. Italy are slowly opening back up for business and I along with many others hope we will not be too far behind.
By the way the Viscount factory photo was taken a year ago when we did not have to be concerned about social distancing.
Regards to you all,
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.