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New Continuo Organ Construction Category

This category refers to new one-manual instruments with mechanical action that have been created and largely manufactured by the applicant, though some limited elements may be bought in. If any second-hand material is included, or if the actions are not mechanical, this should be noted by the inspector.


There are five main sections required to be inspected to succeed in this category. The significance of the details within each is that, while examples of workmanship may have been witnessed over and above, in every case these items will have been inspected as a minimum requirement within this category.

The Workshop
Appropriate facilities for new organ work to be carried out

Tuning and Speech
Accuracy of bearings
Tuning of flue-work
Speech and regulation of flue-work
Tuning of reeds
Speech and regulation of reeds
Balancing of choruses (i.e. an even build up through addition of upperwork and sensible ration of power between manual divisions)
Power balance in the building (i.e. whether the instrument is either overpowering or, on the other hand, inadequate to support hearty singing)

General Observations
Quality of cabinetwork
Manual key finish
Stop control and engraving (if any) finish
All notes working promptly and correctly
Key-touch quality
Quietness of action
Stop control operation
Wind steadiness
Adequacy of wind for full organ
Ease of operation of the transposition device, if fitted
Does the instrument separate into two parts for ease of transport?
Are the carrying handles either integral or screw-in, of sufficient strength and comfort?
Can the music desk be placed at different angles?

Instrument Interior
General cleanliness
Soundboard/windchest design and finish
Design to withstand humidity change
Internal layout design for tonal output
Accessibility for tuning and maintenance
Key action construction and finish
Stop action construction and finish
Tidiness of conveyancing
Quality of pipe manufacture
Pipework staying and support
Condition of front pipe tuners
General impression of interior finish

Quality of design
Timber selection
Timber surface finish
Moulding and carving/fretting finish
Front pipe appearance and finish