St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, England

This magnificent 15th century building provided a rare opportunity in Britain to create a ‘Hamburg’ layout, all action runs are short, a superbly responsive action results.  The case is of solid oak, the specially thickened panels giving warmth to all of the sounds created within.  The console is a combination of oak and padauk with hand engraved ivory discs set in the large drawstops.  The combination action is mechanical but re-set by sitting on the stool, the stops required are pulled out and the combination pedal then raised, the new combination is then ready.  An interesting engineering support system that cannot be seen carries the ten tonne weight of the instrument, it is secured to the building by just four bolts. 

Recordings of this instrument are available.

 


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