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    I've died and gone to heaven

    Ask and ye shall receive. That's how the proverb goes. I emailled the delightful Robert Amp (City of Sydney's organist) and asked it he might take me and a friend on a tour of the insides of the monster. It happened yesterday. I've got some photos ... problem is you can't get far enough away from the internal pipes to get really good photos, nevertheless, I've got some nice ones I'll try and post.

    This monster is just so enormous (at least by Australian standards) that it's on three levels, all accessed by the most charming set of sturdy wooden staircases with railings. I must say, peer down to the floor level from the top of the monsterous central pipe (google images Sydney Town Hall organ and you'll soon find a picture) is not for the feint of heart!! Fascinating stuff, even got to play the monster, couldn't resist pulling the 64' Contratrombone and hear it fart ... most amusing.

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    Wow ... I am quite envious of you Contratrombone64. We're looking forward to seeing some of the photos.

    Someone else on this forum referred to that 64' stop as sounding like the 'flatulence of an elephant' ...
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    Bottom C on that stop sounded (and felt) like a jackhammer I seem to recall That was from the console though - don't know how different it would sound at a distance. So you got to see the perspex panel in the boot of the 64 then? There's something strangely alluring about wandering (or crawling) about the insides of a large concert instrument - how many other musical instruments can you actually walk inside?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post
    Bottom C on that stop sounded (and felt) like a jackhammer I seem to recall That was from the console though - don't know how different it would sound at a distance. So you got to see the perspex panel in the boot of the 64 then? There's something strangely alluring about wandering (or crawling) about the insides of a large concert instrument - how many other musical instruments can you actually walk inside?!
    Thanks to some info from a link Contratrombone64 gave me I got to do the same sort of tour of the Melbourne Town Hall organ when I was in Australia. It is of similar scale I believe, minus of course the beautiful trappings and the larger pipes, but I'm glad they included it as part of the tour of the hall for all visitors, and at the end there's a little room (they called it the "organ museum" if I'm not mistaken), which had some historical images of the organ, big posters, and most interesting was a miniature scale design of the organ, complete with mini windchests and a performer at the console! It was enclosed in a glass case and was probably about 2 feet tall the most. It really put into perspective the scale of these enormous instruments and I wish I could find a picture of it somewhere online, promotion of such things would really help spread interest in the instrument among people who seem to think an organ is those little portable electronic keyboards.

    Back on topic, I couldn't get even close to the Sydney Town Hall organ when I visited unfortunately, because that room was undergoing repair so I had to be satisfied with seeing it from near the entrance to the room. Hopefully, they would start a similar thing as in the Melbourne Town Hall to give visitors a perspective of the Sydney organ. How I envy you! Please post whatever pics you got!

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    Hi Argoth,

    You're one lucky dude

    That's a really cool instrument in Sydney Town Hall. The one in Melbourne Town Hall isn't too shabby either. Here's a spec list of that instrument:

    http://www.die-orgelseite.de/disp/AU...e_TownHall.htm


    Cheers,

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    That's good to know Argoth - I haven't seen or heard the new/restored Melbourne instrument yet, but I do remember the old one. Strangely enough - given what we're talking about - you actually had to walk through the guts of the instrument to get to the console. There was even a little couch to sit on a few metres short of the hatchway to the console (in case you got tired or lost or something I s'pose ).

    Yes, pics please CT64.
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    Wow, that's an impressive organ. 64 foot stops are non existent in Denmark. Gotta go to Australia someday!

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    Thanks for all the replies so far ... I'll attempt to get these photos downloaded soon. Quite amazingly, the insides were rather spacious in places and rather crowded in others (not surprising) but it has a full sized workbench AND kitchen sink ... made me smile. The commissioned organ maintainer keeps his tools in there and bits and pieces.

    Also - jackhammer perfectly describes the noise the bottom C vomitted at me from the insides - and painfully noisy!!

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    Udyret - ja, kom til Australien - det er smoek (unlike my poor Danish).

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    Good job with the danish language (I am being serious) contra, where did you learn

    that? I don't mean to insult you, but the danish word for smoek is smukt (you were still

    closer than many foreigners who have lived in Denmark for some time). Sadly my

    economy currently doesn't allow such a trip, but are there other fascinating instruments

    in Australia?

    Cheers Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    A fascinating instrument down-under is the Didgeridoo - A sound quite unlike anyother.

    Cheers,

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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    Those pipe organs were beautiful. The more modern looking one was
    really beautiful. Now I need to email one of the musicians at church!
    Wow! How extremely beautiful. Like I said I love big things!
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Hi Peter,
    A fascinating instrument down-under is the Didgeridoo - A sound quite unlike anyother. Cheers, Corno Dolce
    Corno Dolce,
    Interesting you mention this instrument - years back we had this guy perform a concert at the church on native instruments such as this. I was fascinated by the Didgeridoo - and the amount of wind it took to make it sound. Indeed, a unique sound beyond all imagination.
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    Well methodistgirl here is a big organ http://www.acchos.org/.
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    Yep, the worlds largest. Oh how I wish it were fully functional. Sometimes it seems that it will suddenly be torn out of the Convention Hall. Oh what a loss that would be. Supposedly, at least $1,000,000 should get it into rough working order with another $1,000,000 to really put it in concert-class / recording state.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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