While there have been huge advances in ‘organ tone’ generation over the last 50 years I believe it fair to say there has not been a similar scale of improvement in speaker technology.
This recent discovery shows that at least one person years ago was giving attention to the speaker end of the system. Perhaps it made a difference but clearly not one that encouraged the experiment to be repeated. I would be delighted if any reader of the blog can throw light on who may have created this set up and what it was linked up to.
Colleague and dealer Mark Gatrell of South Coast Organs was called in by a Hampshire church to stabilise the façade pipes of a long since silent pipe organ. I share with you below pictures of what he found.
The church now has an Allen organ playing on conventional speaker cabinets concealed in the pipe case. But ‘what on earth’ preceded the Allen playing through this set up that must have added some interesting mechanical noise to the final result.
I have seen lot of church speaker set ups but this one takes the top prize for effort and ingenuity. Whether or not that was rewarded in sound quality is sadly lost in the mists of time.
Do share your thoughts with us.
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.