The Art of Organ Building - Volume 2 Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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I have issues with the text, Mr. Audsley's language is extremely flowery. He makes comments about the organ in Sydney (for example) and its voicing (esp. the lack of swell boxes for non-swell divisions). To be sure this was an issue when the book is written but, he doesn't validate his comments by stating that he actually heard the beast in operation.
The second criticism I make is this: if your French is not good the wonderful quotes contained will be meaningless. And certain ones are by the highly esteemed Cavaille-Coll and worthy of an appendix giving translations (which is missing).
However, I adored Book 1 as its history of the organ is fascinating reading. Indeed, Volume 2 gets down to the nuts and bolts of design, acoustics, couplers, action, wind-chests, pneumatic levers ... et cetera et cetera.
A wonderful tome, to be sure ... if you can tolerate the ponderous Edwardian language.