Wednesday, 8 April 2009

And the answer to yesterday's question ...

Is this. The picture yesterday is of the "action" that links the manuals shown here to the valves on the windchests that allow the pipes to "speak". And yes, it is programmable, though not in the sense of allowing it to play itself. The "Stops" visible on the side panels determine which ranks of pipes will speak on each manual and the keys determine when.

For the non-players among us, the top "manual" is the "Solo" and "Apse" organ, the next down is the "Swell Organ", the third is the "Great Organ" and the lowest is the "Choir Organ". Out of the picture is the "Pedal Organ". The "Pistons" visible between the manuals allow the organist to select a particular set of stops which he has pre-selected (The little row of "Programmes" visible above the upper manual in the Right hand corner of the face) which means he can change the register without having to take a hand off the relevant manual to do so.

This is the driving seat for the Mighty Milton which has 4,600 pipes and 64 speaking "stops" for the organist to use. And yes, it does take a maestro to make it perform well.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty cool stuff there, Monk.

    Da Goddess