The Website of the Parish of
Saint Gregory the Great, Northampton

Sunday Mass Times:
Sunday 9.00 am (with children's liturgy and music group) Sunday 11.00 am (with choir and children's liturgy)
Priest-in-Charge: Fr Andrew Behrens (01604) 713015







Work in Progress

Trompette Pipe

Organs at St Gregory’s

The new rank of pipes were made by Booth's of Leeds, modelled on the scaling of one at Farnborough Abbey. They are truly beautiful, solid and well-made.

A reed pipe is in two parts, the lower part, the boot (upper right in the picture above) has the bottom of the upper part, the resonator placed in it. Sticking out of the bottom of the resonator is the shallot, a brass part, to which will be attached the tongue, another piece of brass, whose vibration is what actually produces the sound.

This will be installed by the voicer, to whom the pipes must be passed on before they are ready for installing in the organ.

Once the reed is in place, the two parts of the pipe are put together, and a tuning wire installed, which rests on the tongue and determines its resonating frequency (pitch), and then passes up through the groove in the wider part of the resonator, which is where the resonator rests in the boot.

Only then will is be possible to hear the total effect.

Pipes or Chips
The replacement
The Cost
The organ at Grazeley
Work in Progress
Penitential Soundboards
The bellows in bits
Pneumatic motors
Stripping the soundboards
Casework at St Gregory's
Richard in his workshop
Pouring glue
Great soundboard
Swell soundboard
Case re-polished
Swell box in workshop
Building frame in workshop
Clamp for Trompette
Preparing Clamp
Lifting up to gallery
Soundboards up in the air
Bourdon soundboard
Making platform
1st pipe in chamber
Organ bits in Church
Bob the Blower
Great soundboard in the air
Soundboards in place
Swell box being installed
Trompette Pipe
Fitting the console
Jamb - no Jerusalem
Getting the wind up
Neat wiring
Rack of Trompette
The pipes arrive
Console wired
The Wind in the Bellows
The first working rank
Swell box complete
Pipes in the Great Soundboard
Restoration of the Console
Two milestones
The Blessing
The Opening Recital
Neil Wright
Forthcoming recitals

The restoration story will continue - this is up to date at 12th March 2009



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