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    7 years ago I toured the south of England playing 28 organs to raise funds to purchase an organ for the church I attended. The Largest I palyed was the Great Father Willis at Whippingham Curch on the I.O. Wight (Installed for Prince Albert who sadly died brfore he could hear it.)
    A really enjoyable experience, and the smallest I played was at Godshill, also on the I.O. Wight, with only 8 stops but lovely to play. I raised enought to buy an organ, and here I know many of you will shudder, but due to the size of the church it had to be an electronic instrument. A two manual Electone. Sadly it is not played by either of the church organists who prefer a one manual keyboard. If there are any churches or chapels in the U.K who would be interested in acquiring this instrument please get in touch
    with the Rev Bernard Joy at St. Francis Church, Bridgwater Somerset. I think it will not be expensive. I should so love to think of it being used once more. I am not a classically trained organist and arrange my own music as I have difficulty reading two staves at once due to astigmatism
    in the left eye. So I write out treble stave and use Chord symbols which serves me very well for the church I play in now. Sylvie

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    Hi Dean,

    Wow - that reminds me of the console at Radio City Music Hall - the only difference being that the Radio City Console is high gloss ebony. Thanx for submitting the pic.

    Regards!

    Giovanni

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    Smallest and Largest ... kind of an interesting as, I think, most of us possibly have not made it a quest to play instruments falling into this category, so our experiences will be diverse.

    Largest: Sydney Town Hall (a monster)

    Smallest: St. John's Anglican church, Mudgee (central New South Wales, 4 hours due west from Sydney)

    my two cents worth

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    My biggest so far - can't remember whether Westminster Chapel (not Abbey, or Cathedral) , or Truro Cathedral. Both 4 manual, both Willis (no idea about the renovations and who by. Then there was Llandaff Cathedral, which , thankfully, was hit by lightning a few months back and will never be heard again.

    But the BIGGEST , if I am spared and well, will be The Grand Organ of Sydney Town Hall (not opera house ) in 2010, and that, I think will qualify for a whole new thread all of its own.

    The smallest - my lovely little c. 1860 french harmonium - Alexandre Pere et Fils, now in the care of the BBC Welsh orchestra ( I think! - detail never was a forte of mine)

    It has 4 ranks, and I could make it sing above the loudest of Welsh congregational singing (and that IS loud) in the little chapel at Miskin, Pontyclun, but reduce it to a whisper to accompany the Lord's Prayer, or 'Abide with me' ,on Troyte's Chant, at the close of evening worship.

    That was 30 years back now. I am getting old.................

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    Contratrombones 64 I hope to be in Sydney in October so will try to look in the town hall if possuble to see the Giant organ. Sylvie

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    Sylvie ... where are you visiting from? You can actually play the beast, (the City of Sydney charge a fee for the priviledge). If you look at the City of Sydney's website it also shows times for the monthly recitals given on the monster. www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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    Contratrombone64 Thanks for the info. re Sydney Organ. I shall be visiting from England (Bridgwater in Somerset)
    Have relatives in Canberra and hope to spend a couple of nights in Sydney, see the Floriade in Canberra and then on to visit in Queensland on the Gold Coast. Should be a wonderful time. I've never been to Australia before so I am looking forward to it with great anticipation.Sylvie Pacey

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    Quote Originally Posted by giovannimusica View Post
    Hi Dean,

    Wow - that reminds me of the console at Radio City Music Hall - the only difference being that the Radio City Console is high gloss ebony. Thanx for submitting the pic.

    Regards!

    Giovanni
    Um - where do I click to see the pic pls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piggy View Post
    Um - where do I click to see the pic pls?
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    The smallest organ to the largest

    I will have to say a child's toy organ and the largest ever is the wicks
    pipe organ at church. It has 24 ranks to it. I will have to say that's
    pretty impressive for a small pipe organ. It sounds great!
    judy tooley

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    I've never really made it a point so far to play the biggest organs around. But it is an interesting question.

    I think the biggest would be the 133 rank instrument in the Olive Drive Church in Bakersfield. The core of the instrument is the old Harvard Aeolian Skinner.
    The smallest would be a Flentrop practice organ of I think two ranks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederik Magle View Post
    The largest organ I have played on so far is the organ in the First Church Congregational, Los Angeles, California (USA).
    OMG! I'm lost in admiration, really! Right at this moment, I'm listening to a Prologue and Fugue by J.S. Bach performed by Michael Murray at the Organs at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.
    Gosh, please, forgive my very off-topic post, but I just wanted to say that I can hardly believe I have had the chance to meet, even virtually, someone able to accomplish such a thing!

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    Great thread this one.

    The smallest i've ever played a 3-stop Fredrik Nielsen (19-century) organ, and the largest was Vestervig Church, a 4-manual 58-stop organ. The Vestervig-organ is superb, and the acoustics of the church are simply marvellous

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    Quote Originally Posted by methodistgirl View Post
    I will have to say a child's toy organ and the largest ever is the wicks
    pipe organ at church. It has 24 ranks to it. I will have to say that's
    pretty impressive for a small pipe organ. It sounds great!
    judy tooley
    Listen to this! Really the smallest instrument anyone has ever played
    is a whistle. I've had one of those like the police and football coaches
    blow. Mine was a toy. The smallest one that played music was the
    harmonica.
    judy tooley

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    Lets see now: The largest I've played is the five manual at St. Sulpice - the smallest one being the one I own of 64 non-unified or borrowed stops spread over 4 manuals.
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