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Davis 1790 Chamber Organ [Back to Library]

Producer: Silver Octopus
Builder: James Davis
Manuals: 1
Pedalboard: No
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This is another rare and charming organ representing the second facsimile English HW organ dating from before the 1800's.

The organ is presented in a much more sumptuous case than the smaller Avery instrument and it would seem that it was built for the church - there being no records of it having been placed elsewhere in its history.

The instrument is a large single manual with nine stops and pedals. The Stopped Diapason and the Mixture are split into bass and treble halves whilst the remainder are complete. The instruments has a long compass down to G, finishing at F giving a compass of 59 notes. The keyboard slides out into place once the covering "flap" is opened. As per the norm for instruments of this period, G# in the bass does not exist in the real instrument (we have provided pitch shifted notes to provide the missing pipes). The tuning is most likely 10th. comma which allows pretty much all keys to be played without the unpleasant wolves of other temperaments. Thanks to Hauptwerk many different temperaments can be applied as users see fit. The instrument is cone tuned throughout. The instrument remains untouched and unaltered with the exception of the provision of an electric blower a few years ago. The drawstops are held in by a notch when "off" and spring out when "pulled".

The specification is: Double Diapason, Open Diapason, Dulciana, Stopped Diapason Bass, Stopped Diapason Treble, Principal, Fifteenth, Sesquialtera, Cornet and Hautboy. There is a shifting pedal to cancel or bring on the upper work.

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