There has been loads of progress on Betty this week, probably most obvious (as the organ builders are still working on balancing the sound, etc.) has bee the return of the decorative zinc pipes on Betty’s South side, facing the chancel – but they probably warrant a post in themselves – to follow.
During the rebuild, I saw the organ builders playing with what looked like square beads for threading onto a child’s necklace. That or they looked like the corks jackaroos are supposed hang from their hats to discourage flying insects from swarming. Continue reading
Nicholson’s team has been making fantastic progress and having started groaning into life a week ago, she is now making lots of interesting sounds. The voicing specialist is expected next week to do some work on the voicing of the organ, but first the installation team had a couple of important jobs to do. Continue reading
This week Betty spoke for the first time since re-installed. An eerie groan back into life as some of the pedal pipes were played.
Encounters of the Third Kind in Hyde Park!
Last week, having the majority of the structure in place, the team from Nicholson made significant progress on the installation of Betty’s restored tracker action. Tracker action is a system of solid shafts and levers which open pipe valves when the keys are pressed. Betty was originally built with this system when she was built in 1865 but due to fads in the early 20th century the system was replaced with pneumatic action. The pneumatics were at the end of their life and needed replacement, so the recommendation was to go back to a mechanical tracker action. Continue reading
Nicholson Organ Builders returned to site at the end of July and they have been making short work of rebuilding Betty’s casings and installing the restored tracker action and sound boards. The structure has been reinforced and the Swell box rebuilt to overcome issues with maintenance and operation. Continue reading
As Betty begins to return to St John’s – here is a chance to see how she left the building.