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Chamber organ

Oak chamber organ in three sections, the cornice extended in height by the addition of a blank frieze later. The case divides in two, the upper section having cupboard doors with fielded panels opening to reveal keyboard and pipes. The keyboard with naturals in ebony and sharps in ivory, the pipes in Scots pine. The base with single fielded panel and metal ringed hole at base into which iron foot pedal can be inserted. The base is deeper that the top half because the lowest Diapason pipes speak towards the back, and the lower case can be pushed against the wall without affecting its speech. The Stop List is; Stopped Diapson, Full keyboard, Principal, Full keyboard, 15th Bass and Treble, Half keyboard each Sesquialtera Bass and treble Half keyboard each. The front pipes with a curved front to simulate the more usual metal pipes. The wind pressure is very low at 40 mm Water Gauge. The scales f. The pipes are very narrow which contributes to the soft but stringy tone. The bellows can still be operated by the original foot pedal although a blower has been fitted for convenience. The key compass was C/AA/D-c3 and is now C-c3. The 125th and Sesquialtera were divided at b/c1, but are now split at c1/c sharp1. The pitch was originally a semitone above modern pitch. The case is 'craftsman's classical'. It is made of English oak, originally stained with a reddish varnish like the area around the keys.

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  • Repository:National Trust, Canons Ashby