Bear waved a newspaper cutting under my nose.
(Hastily put in photo in case anyone gets the wrong idea!)
It seems this gentleman has built an organ from scratch and assembled it in his living room beside a grand piano.
Fortunately he welcomed visitors and was on holiday, so we were warmly invited to go over on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the fact that I don’t share Bear’s fascination with organs I couldn’t help but be impressed with the wonderful workmanship and loving care which had gone into creating this little masterpiece.
They were made from oak but the ‘mouthpieces’ were of applewood.
He had made the ‘white’ keys from applewood but the black ones came from a piano. He explained that they were just a fraction smaller than the standard size.
So, it looked perfect but what did it sound like?
Well, we can’t be sure yet because it is not voiced and tuned. These jobs will need to be undertaken by a professional. However, we were allowed to play it, and despite the rather obvious intonation faults, it does have a potentially sweet sound – not too loud for a living room thank goodness.
The odd thing is that no-one in his family is an organist. He claims not to be able to read music but he did give a pretty good rendering of some Bach. His wife started to learn the piano but gave up after a few years and his son plays the guitar.
I was going to ask if the organ and piano would be tuned to the same pitch so that they could play duets but obviously that won’t be the case.
It made me realise just how rusty I’m getting.
We enjoyed a cool drink before leaving and were assured that we would be more than welcome to revisit when the organ was completely finished.