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Reconstruction with organ builder manuals

Postby Olivero » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:50 am

Hi all,

here I post a photo of my Johannus reconstruction with wooden manuals which were previously used in church organs in Southern Germany before I renovated them on my own during several months and midified them, not knowing if I would succeed after all. Unique and non-professional, but I may participate in some traces of praying to God. Eventually much better than plastic.
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Re: Reconstruction with organ builder manuals

Postby Romanos » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:37 pm

Looks very nice! There are many days that I really wish I could have real wooden keyboards!
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Re: Reconstruction with organ builder manuals

Postby engrssc » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:30 pm

Romanos wrote:There are many days that I really wish I could have real wooden keyboards!


And there definitely is a difference. When I first started playing many years ago, it wouldn't have mattered because I was more preoccupied with the mechanics of playing. Esp lately, those (small) details become much more apparent.

I mentioned in another post that I played a (real) pipe organ for my niece's wedding. Due to not having been played for a while, there was dust and even some sticky stuff on the keys. Even the dust broke my concentration to the point I had to go home and get some towels and some Windex to clean the keys. Those towels/rags were quite dirty when I finished the cleaning task.

Did you ever play a really old organ with well worn keys anyone? :roll:

Rgds,
Ed

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Re: Reconstruction with organ builder manuals

Postby steve till » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:51 pm

engrssc wrote:
Romanos wrote:Did you ever play a really old organ with well worn keys anyone?
Rgds, Ed

Over 50 years ago I played the little organ at St. Valentines, Kiedrich on the Rhein.
A very old organ from the gothic period, the lower manual seemed to be curved,
with the keys in the middle of the keyboard noticeably lower than the end keys.
Then I saw that the bottoms of the keys were level, they were just highly worn
down in the middle of the keyboard! All wooden keys of course, and possibly
replaced at some point long ago.

Apparently there are dates inside the organ which indicates that it was first
built in the late 1300s, and then moved to a new loft with a second manual
added around 1490. I suppose you could call these 'well worn keys.'

This church also has famous old stained glass windows and also a book
of music for the choir from the 1300s. These were all saved by storing everything
in the basement as the church was badly damaged in a World War 2 bombing attack.

Steve.
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Re: Reconstruction with organ builder manuals

Postby cvmoreau » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:50 pm

Oliver,

It looks truly beautiful. Congratulations on a job very well done, indeed. I, too, am just a tad jealous of the wooden keys on your manuals!

Thanks for sharing,
-Chris
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