16 November 2016
© C E Pykett 2013-2016
the site has now been live since 1999, I decided on its fourteenth anniversary
to pull together some of the comments received from visitors over the years.
I started to compile them by trawling back through thousands of emails, though
for practical reasons I had to stop at some point, thus the list below
represents but a small fraction of the total. Nevertheless, the entries
chosen fairly reflect the views received from pipe organ builders, digital organ
makers, amateur and professional musicians, scientists, university and college
lecturers, school teachers, dictionary compilers, museum curators, students,
clergy, music publishers, hobbyists, journalists and music lovers from across
the world. Had there been a significant volume of negative comments I would have included them in the interests of balance but there have only been a few,
of which not a single one is worth reproducing in view of its insulting or otherwise offensive nature.
Such is the internet.
of the material below has been edited to protect the identities of the authors,
whom I should like to thank for their support and kindness. It is good to
know that the site apparently satisfies a need.
is an interesting site and a real "candy store" for those who love
organs of all kinds and want to dig deeper into the engineering, history and so
on of the King Of Instruments [Organ Historical Society, Database ID 52040].
you for this beautiful and generous website.
came across a wonderful essay on the subject [of designing pallet valves]
by Colin Pykett ... I suggest that anyone needing to scale pallets absorb this
data. [from the website of the American organ builder D C Schroth at dcschroth.com/2016/05].
have to retire early so I can read all of your site. I like the sitemap.
nice web site! Very well laid out and constructed. Did you do this
yourself or do you pay someone to keep the site current? Thanks for the
excellent pix and sharing your work!!
for maintaining your website - it's still the go-to resource for
interesting info on pipe organs.
have, again, enjoyed reading (and learning from) your articles. I thank
you for both the research and your way of recounting what you have discovered.
website is the best coverage on pipe theory I have seen. Thank you for
making it available.
you for your wonderful resource on organs online.
deserve a large thank you from the internet music community for your efforts.
me congratulate you for your excellent and informative website.
really enjoy the work you've done, and especially like the audio clips.
was delighted to find your amazing website and so do enjoy your devotion to the
re-creation of vanished organs.
gratitude for the very useful information on Elgar's organ sonata that I got
from your website [from an eminent European organist preparing to record the
you for your help, and for your fantastic website which I have both enjoyed very
much, and relied on as I continue my research [from a leading American organ
builder who is researching the development of Hope-Jones's unit chest actions in
to you on such a thorough article on his [Hope-Jones's] electric
actions. It has been most enlightening.
I again offer thanks for your clear prose that provided a most straightforward
article about mixtures, especially why their "popularity/necessity"
has enjoyed changing fortunes over time.
for this virtual organ [Prog Organ] which gives me so much pleasure.
recently discovered your wonderful website, and I have only begun to explore its
shall enjoy working my way through the remainder of your very informative
website and pass the link along to others with similar interests.
been enjoying your website, not least for providing an unbiased opinion of
digital/virtual and pipe organs.
I did want to thank you for your work. You have provided people like me with a resource which is very difficult to get anywhere else, in a field which is often in the hands of professionals who are less than willing to give
detailed information about their products.
I have been a keen reader of your website articles, which have been very helpful indeed in terms of trying to work out the best method for speakers, amplification, etc.
I've just been reading, with a mixture of awe, enlightenment and - where appropriate - amusement, your article on 'how the flue pipe speaks' ... I appreciate your wisdom and the scope of your knowledge.
tell me more about the organ and the recording that you introduced. At one
point I was convinced it was the live recording of the actual pipes in the
church! [from a retired CEO of an electronic organ firm, relating to
recordings of the Hope-Jones organ at Pilton as simulated by the Prog Organ
virtual pipe organ]
was delighted to read your latest article about electric action. As ever,
it was wonderfully clear and the ideas thoughtfully expressed. As you
mention, involving microprocessors seems an obvious solution in a number of
cases, often providing elegant solutions, but so often they are
"trapped" in the era in which they were constructed. What you
detail in TinyTran would be worthy of consideration and adoption by ...
wanted to thank you for the brilliant work you've done in the science, the
physics on organ pipes and how they speak, and to let you know I put theory into
practice - and it works! [from an organ builder relating to the reed pipes on
a band organ]
I thank you for yet another fine article (re phase) on your website. As
ever, your attempt to express ideas that often demand some complex maths to
those for whom such tools are alien, is outstanding. I do hope that you
won't find me cheeky declaring both gratitude and delight for your careful use
of words. There remain few who would either bother to distinguish, or know
the difference, between effective and efficient, for instance.
technical skill both in digital music and as a performer is impressive.
you for a very informative website.
Thank you so much for this swift and helpful response. I now know how to
proceed. [Re loudspeaker connections for digital organs]
I would like to express my gratitude for your making available this wealth of information
on the organ.
I must thank you heaps for the article with its attached references [simple
surround sound]. I found it most interesting.
Thank you for taking the time to reply, I wish I saw this email a lot earlier [end
corrections of organ pipes].
Thank you for advice, it's truly appreciated [end corrections of organ
These articles [how flue and reed pipes speak] are so far ahead of
anything else I have seen that I wish you would extend them
I have never seen such in-depth treatment of how flue pipes actually work. These
give insights that ought to seem important not only to organ designers and
voicers, but also to players.
I have just listened to your recording [of a Bach chorale prelude]. The
definition given to the bass part by the [quiet 16 foot] reed is just the
thing I hear in my head when playing such a piece (well, we can all dream). Nice
phrasing, with plenty of "space" for the inner detail to come through
under the nicely-sustained chorale tune.
I'm grateful for the benefit of your past experience in the use of JFET opamps.
Like I said, your digital theatre organ actually sounds good.
That [theatre organ] is one of the few electronic organs I have heard
that actually sounds good.
Your article on Resultant Bass was a relief to me, in that it revealed to me
that I am not the only one for whom "difference tones"/acoustic bass
just do not work.
I am glad that I stumbled upon your site, and that you appear to be still
When I listen to your 'prog-organ' demonstrated on your web site, I am impressed
with the authentic sound and I feel that it would be much more suitable than [an
alternative commercial system].
I write to thank you for your article on the Hope Jones organ at Pilton. We, at [a
firm of pipe organ builders] are very appreciative of your research.
I took your disk to site, played it there with the wick turned up, and the
effect is amazing! [relates to a pipe organ simulated by Prog Organ when
re-played in the original building].
Even on postage-stamp laptop speakers, the [Prog Organ] recording sounds
super – I look forward to letting it rip on the big home system.
Have enjoyed your web site, are the papers all available as pdf?
Thank you again for both your website & for your personal reply [on
electric actions]. Your help is truly appreciated.
Thank you for any help you may provide [on electric actions] and also for
your extensive and engrossing website.
I have just read your article "The End of the Pipe Organ?" and I am
very glad to have my reinforced-concrete prejudices - supported by my ear -
backed up by somebody who really does have a technical understanding of the
The site’s content and organisation are excellent and worthy of a man of your
calibre. I would think that it is probably unique the world over.
I was doing some internet research on Dr. Winston Kock and I came across your
article titled "Winston Kock and the Baldwin Organ". I enjoyed the
article ... Reading your article and writing this e-mail has brought back a lot
of fond memories for me.
I have greatly enjoyed the articles on your website, particularly those
concerning Robert Hope-Jones' organs.
It was with some excitement that I stumbled upon your excellent website
regarding pipe organs and their virtual counterparts. Your website offers
wonderful insights into the workings of organs and how to go about designing
Do you mind if I print off your "How Synthesisers Work" article and
distribute it to [some university music technology] students in a class
Just saying thanks for a great website - no acknowledgement or reply required!
Endeavouring to find some information on a book I have, I came across your
excellent article on the two Hope-Jones brothers Robert and Frank ... Once again
thank you so much for the trouble you have gone to on my behalf. Your efforts
are really appreciated.
I've enjoyed hearing your 3 sound demos of [the Hope-Jones organ at]
Pilton. It all sounds quite musical and tonally delightful to me, despite what
so many people say about how HJ organs sounded. Thanks for doing this and
bringing it to my attention.
Very nice website; much appreciated breath of sanity in a world of adverts and
Your articles are always interesting, and get me thinking.
I stumbled to your site and found the Prog Organ VPO very interesting. I heard
some of the mp3's as well, it sounds so great! Like a real organ.
Your site is amazing and extraordinarily informative. Have you ever considered
pulling together all the articles and publishing them in some form in a book -
I'd be your first customer!
Thanks, once again, for another informative and most clearly written article. [Re
electromechanical capture systems]
I found your article on your website (the updated one on Digital Organs
originally written for Organists’ Review) very interesting.
I found myself particularly intrigued by ‘Prog Organ’ your virtual pipe
Once again, many thanks for the continued pleasure that Prog Organ gives me.
An excellent article, as usual. [Re console scanning using PIC
I thank you for your interesting website!
Thanks again for your attention and for all your very instructive articles.
I continue to read your various articles and often point people in the direction
of your website since there is much sense and useful information imparted
I thank you for your work in preparing the most recent article on your site. [Re
Willis's Infinite Speed and Gradation system]
Let me congratulate you on the overall excellence of your website. I have pored
over most of your material in great detail, and have found it invaluable in
every sense. Long may it prosper, and may you have infinite time to add to its
library for many years to come.
Thank you again for your superb site where I find so instructive articles and so
Thank you so much for your long and considered reply [re house organs -
digital or pipe?]
Thank you for your fine articles on scaling and voicing.
articles were a great read!
I must say how much pleasure I have had from my Prog Organ. It's worked very
nicely with very little trouble over the years.
I just wanted to thank you for the hard work and if you ever need any
information about our side of the industry [electronic pipe organ
transmissions] please ask.
Please allow me to share my gratitude and compliment you on this page [Age-Related
Hearing Loss and Organs]
For citation in the Hope-Jones entry in the forthcoming new edition of Grove,
what is the proper bibliographic form of citation for your article 'Robert
Hope-Jones: the Evolution of his Organ Actions . . . ' ?
I am very impressed with your work, for the knowledge and the clear manner of
writing in which you are able to share that knowledge, and the selflessness in
so doing. That said, had you a book published I would own a copy, and if lucky
enough, perhaps even one personally autographed.
Thanks so much for all your help. The story [about the organ which later
appeared in the New York Times] is much better because of your input. I
appreciate your well thought out replies and know that you have made an
excellent contribution to this story. Thanks again. I will let you know when it
Thank you sincerely for your reply, and so prompt!
What I really want to do is continue reading your fine work; it takes more
digesting than I can hold in memory.
My compliments to your labor and knowledge about the organ; I have read your
work for a long time and watch for updates.
It was with much interest that I read your recent article on resultant bass.
Your observations match my own made over the years.
Prog organ continues to give me enormous pleasure. Thank you for that.
I have found your online article about hearing loss and organists most useful.
Thank you for your wonderful well-written, very informative & fascinating
article on Dr. Kock and the Baldwin sound reproduction system.
I am Chairman of [an Organists'] Association. A number of members noticed
your excellent and balanced article on digital organs in the OR [Organists'
Review, November 2009].
Your web-site has been extremely enlightening and I'm grateful for your articles
and devotion to reproducing the sounds of pipe organs.
I would like to thank you for the great wealth of detailed information you
provide for all those interested in the organ. I spent many hours yesterday
reading your various topics, and was greatly enlightened. I know of no other
authorative source covering many of the subjects.
After reading several of your articles, I am much better informed on the subject
of digital organs.
I must say that the articles you consider, research and publish are always most
interesting and informative, especially to a church organist who read Physics
and Maths at university and now spends his time teaching pupils about
computers/computing. Not only is the content helpful, but also the language you
employ to convey your ideas; many thanks indeed.
Perhaps it’s the writer’s generosity of spirit and ability to communicate in
a way that even a layman can understand. Bravo! I’d like to express my
gratitude not just for the information in the articles but for the way that the
information is presented. It’s been very helpful and inspiring.
Thank you for your technical articles, which those of us interested in the nuts
and bolts are very grateful for.
I have just discovered your web site and found it most interesting, informative
and entertaining. I too have a degree in Physics and a great interest in pipe
Just to let you know that with the help of your splendid articles on your
website and some comments in Whitworth (The Electric Organ) I have managed some
organ archeology ... I am not given to flattery, but I must say your web site is
quite the best I've come across for technical information: clearly written
articles, consistent style, adequate citation and easily navigable, with plenty
of cross-referencing. Many thanks; it must have been a huge job.
Thank you for writing the article [on the reliability of electronics in pipe
and digital organs] and making it available on your website. I have also
enjoyed the musical samples of the various organs as played on your Prog Organ.
No response to this E-mail is needed or expected. The only intent was to say
THANK YOU and to tell you I have read most of the articles you have posted since
I have considerable interest in electronic organ design. With sincerest thanks.
I read with interest your new article on reliability and obsolescence of
electronics in organs. In fact I read periodically articles on your site. I do
appreciate your writing, and hope you continue to add to your articles.
I found your article on reliability [of electronics in pipe and digital
organs] fascinating. Your point about obsolescence is well made.
I have found it [Prog Organ] so reliable and easy to use.
I recently discovered your "Evolution of HJ Organ Actions 1889-1903"
article, and just HAD to print it for my files - all 67 pages of it - marvellous!
I was greatly interested to discover your article on recreating vanished organs,
and particularly the section devoted to the Bellahouston organ ... I
congratulate you on your skillful recreation of these beautiful sounds as part
of your fascinating project.
Thank you for all the very interesting and useful information on your website. I particularly enjoyed the page about recreating
vanished organs ... Thank you again and I look forward to reading and learning more from your site.
Thank you very much for your articles on pipe and electronic organs. I read the
one on Winston Kock and the Baldwin Organ with particular interest, since I
played on a Model 5 at a Christian Science Church in [a town in] NY for
many years. Your biography of Kock showed that he was a remarkable person! I
just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading your articles.
Thank you for your efforts in presenting your website and especially in
providing insight into Kock’s developments and your 1980 Wireless World
article on analog tone shaping – which I have just read and enjoyed ... I have
enjoyed the quick tutorial with organ note generation – and quickly found
there is a dearth of that kind of understanding.
Thanks for the many excellent and interesting articles on your website.
I look forward to reading more of your terrific articles.
I always value your wisdom when it comes to fact based appraisal of organs and