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

Neat wiring

Organs at St Gregory’s

Some of the operations in the build result in spectacular and obvious progress, but much of the work is fiddly and detailed, and has little to show for it. It is, however, of vital importance.

The wiring is one such part of the work - each key, each stop, each piston and all the other controls must be connected to the console control box, and at the other end, each note on each soundboard, all the stop sliders, the swell box mechanism and all others functions must be connected to the organ chamber control box.

The neatness of the wiring makes maintenance and fault-finding much easier shoud it be required at a later date, and reflectes the quality of the work being undertaken.

The picture shows two of the connecting boards; there are a further three. Shown are the Great and Swell keyboard connector boards. There are also boards for the pedals, the stop controls and for the combination pistons. Each of these must be individually wired.

When finished, these boards will be mounted in the console. Each board is equipped with LED diagnostics so that in the event of any problem, finding the fault should not be a major problem! However, we hope not to have need for that!

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 17th March 2009



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