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    Refurbished Mudgee organ up and running

    I had the pleasure of taking the newly restored organ at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Mudgee (4 hour drive due west of Sydney) on Saturday last as I was in Mudgee visiting a friend. I must say, it's got new lungs and doesn't seem to have a chronic lung complaint any more. The trumpet (which was never really over the top noisy) would now blow the bras of parisioners if it were near them, that's for sure.

    It's a stable (though not brilliantly voiced) 3 manual organ. Strangely, there's not reeds on the Great Division so one has to couple from the Swell (which is where the trumpet resides).

    Pondering this, I did use the trumpet (which is noisy) with the swell fully closed and it sounded muffled and appealing. So, really, having your only noisy reed in the swell's probably a good design. The Choir devision is extremely quiet (no suprises) but has some nice stops.

    Here's a link to its specification:

    http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/MudgeeAng.html

    Which comes under the category of "chocolate teapot" or "ash tray on a motor bike" ... as it's not working seemingly.

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    Nice article on this restoration and the instrument itself. Seems I've read the name Peter Jewkes in other postings of yours ... I seem to recollect him being an organist and/or organ builder in your region.

    So the 8' Trumpet in the specification showing in the Great division is non-existent? I agree about the Swell Cornopean reed - the ones I've heard in the US are always a very fat sound ... or as you put it so vididly - "noisy".

    How are the building acoustics?
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    Krummiest - I realised my error this morning and the trumpet IS in the great on this organ. I played a house organ (digital) where the trumpet's on the swell. I'm a senior, you'll need to be forgiving an gentle please.

    Peter Jewkes is a Sydneysider (like myself), organist at bells and smells resplendant Christ Church St. Laurence, Railway Square, Sydney AND a very accomplished organ builder. I think of him as a mini-Bach sometimes as they both have similar skills (organ playing, organ tinkering, improvisation, composing, et cetera).

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    Aloha CT64,

    You're a senior? I'm 46 and definitely not a senior. Master Krummhorn has got us both beat.

    Cheerio,

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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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    yes - at 45 - I'm officially a senior I think

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    CT64,

    You're not a senior - knock it off will ya?! Whats the matter with people these days, huh??? At 45 they sound like they're ready to throw in the towel.

    CD
    *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-

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    If you are a senior CT, I don't want to know what I am.



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    Aloha Dame Margaret,

    You're almost 19 so what do you have to complain about, eh?

    Cheerio,

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    *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-

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    Almost 19, why thank you CD. I wish I was.


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    I'd not be 19 again for quids ... was petulant, argumentative, brash, obnoxious. Now, of course, I'm a sweety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Krummiest - I realised my error this morning and the trumpet IS in the great on this organ. I played a house organ (digital) where the trumpet's on the swell. I'm a senior, you'll need to be forgiving an gentle please.
    Nah - not a senior yet ... not until you are "OAD" like I am ...


    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Peter Jewkes is a Sydneysider (like myself), organist at bells and smells resplendant Christ Church St. Laurence, Railway Square, Sydney AND a very accomplished organ builder. I think of him as a mini-Bach sometimes as they both have similar skills (organ playing, organ tinkering, improvisation, composing, et cetera).
    Thanks for the explanation on Peter Jewkes - I remember now you mentioning him being the organist at Christ Church. Perusing the web, I can see lots of his build and rebuild works.
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    Aloha CT64,

    I was the same way when I was 19 - a regular *Hormone Hurricane* - If I were 19 again then I would have married my High-School sweetheart Elise.

    Cheers,

    CD
    *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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    If I were 19 again (with the insight of my current journey) I'd possibly do some things quite differently, for sure. But hey, spilt milk is spilt milk ...

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    I'm older than both of you two I'm 48. Not to far from being Krummhorn's
    age. Does that make me a senior? Gees!
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    Aloha CT64,

    You're right about spilt milk - ya can't unspill it - just move on and modify the behaviour sets.

    Cheerio,

    CD
    *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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