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The present organ was built at the beginning of the twentieth century by Norman and Beard. Originally at the west end and part of the (now removed) extensive galleries, the three manual instrument was moved to the north side of the Church, In the present ordering of the Minster it separates the Sacristy to the East, and a Quiet Corner dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
In 2000 the decision was made to update the organ, and after extensive consultation and discussion including the possibility of installing a digital organ, the Parochial Church Council agreed on a scheme affirming a traditional pipe organ, using and re- voicing existing pipes, but adding extra colour in particular enriching the pedal organ, electrifying the action, and installing an extra wind chest at a cost of 64,000.
Built in to this were options of substituting a detached console when funds are available, and modern technology to allow the use of the instrument without an organist. The developments to the organ were suggested by the then Organist and Choirmaster, Mr Michael Foster, with advice from Mr Paul Morgan on behalf of the Exeter DAC. The work was put in the hands of The Deane Organ Builders of Taunton.

 

Builders

1905

Norman & Beard Ltd

JGo gives date as 1908; Originally positioned at West end in gallery;

Casework
Undated
Position  North choir  

Plain OD display pipes; West front of 29 diapasons -
in good quality metal in transept;

Console
Stop type  White knobs   Pedalboard  Radiating concave  

Splayed jambs; Glass sliding doors;

Couplers

Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell octave
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal

Department and Stop list

Pedal

Key action TP  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30

            

1

Open Diapason

16

            

2

Bourdon

16

            

3

Bass Flute

8

Choir

Key action TP  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high a3  Keys 58

            

4

Lieblich Gedacht

8

            

5

Dulciana

8

            

6

Suabe Flute

4

            

7

Harmonic Piccolo

2

            

8

Clarinet

8

Great

Key action TP  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high a3  Keys 58

            

9

Open Diapason

8

            

10

Small Open Diapason

8

            

11

Hohl Flute

8

not CD vol.15

            

12

Principal

4

not CD vol.15

            

13

Harmonic Flute

4

            

14

Fifteenth

2

            

15

Trumpet

8

Swell

Key action TP  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high a3  Keys 58 Enclosed

            

16

Lieblich Bourdon

16

            

17

Open Diapason

8

            

18

Rohr Gedact

8

            

19

Echo Gamba

8

            

20

Voix Celeste

8

            

21

Principal

4

            

22

Dulciana Mixture

III

not CD vol.15

            

23

Horn

8

            

24

Oboe

8

            

25

Tremulant

Details
Blowing Duplex electric  

Accessories
Balanced Swell Pedal
3 composition pedals to Great and Pedal
3 composition pedals to Swell
Gt-Pd reversible pedal

 

If there any stops that you've never heard of, or wonder what they are, go to: www.organstops.org   

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