Firstly I must thank the Hauptwerk community for your informative posts, and it is YOUR fault that I have embarked on this project. (Brett and Martin, you guys get most of the blame!!!)
I have had the (excellent) Midiworks CMK-2 3 manual stack and Pedals for a while now, recently complemented with a fourth manual, and although neat and tidy still a bit of a science project. With the announcement of the Salisbury Father Willis organ to be released by Brett some time in the future I decided it was time to plan a real console. I am no cabinet maker, however, after gathering as much information as possible and drawing up plans I have made a start. There are many arguments for and against a console for a specific organ. Having heard the demos of the Willis organ I was convinced this would be the way to go for me
. Pipe organs in Australia tend to have that 'English' feel about them so I am quite at home with the tonal characteristics of the Willis.
I am not building a clone of the Salisbury console, however, it will have all (or most) of the controls of the actual organ. The idea is to have drawknobs for stops and intra manual couplers and trems, and tilting tablets for the inter manual couplers and other functions on the nameboard. I have decided to use syndyne drawknobs and I will have organ supply industries make up the tablet assembly for mounting into the nameboard. I will be using midi boutique boards for driving the solenoids and sensing stop positions. (Hope this is all going to work
Some pictures of the progress so far.............
Stop Jambs been drilled. 3/4 inch Victorian Ash, 7/8" holes to accommodate Syndyne Drawknobs. I have used a 50mm matrix.
Stop Jambs nearly finished. The division layout will follow the AGO guidelines, ie Left Jamb Pedal and Swell, Right Jamb Solo, Great and Choir
Key cheeks in various stages. These have been a real pain to make as the keyboards have a 2 degree slope.
Side frame laid out almost ready for gluing.
I will give updates as things progress (time and money permitting!!!). Thanks again to the forum members who have provided so much information through their posts.