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The Gray-Organ

For organ enthusiasts, the Musikinstrumenten-Museum offers a special attraction: a three-manual slider chest organ with chair organ (Rückpositiv) from the famous organ builder workshop Gray. The instrument was built between 1815 and 1820 (probably by John Gray) for a church in Bathampton near Bath in Somerset. The organ has 24 stops and the following specification: great organ (Hauptwerk), chair organ and swell, each with a compass from C-f''', and in addition a later extended pedal (C-f'), as well as couplers and registration aids. The organ was competently restored by the workshop E.F. Walcker and voiced according to historical standards. The neo-Gothic case was rebuilt after the model of the well-preserved Rückpositiv.

With the soft timbre of its wide scaled pipes, the Gray-organ is entirely in the Baroque tradition, which exemplified the conservative English organ building at the beginning of the 19th century.


Gray-Organ, Cat.-No. 5399 (Flash)