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Organ by Sixsmith / Phoenix


Organ - dual


The instrument design was arrived at after listening to various examples of the Phoenix electronics system. Serious consideration was given to having them provide the complete instrument using a console built by Renatus. However the decision to have Sixsmiths of Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne be the prime supplier was taken in view of the close local connection I have with Sixsmiths (they built the pipe organ I played each Sunday for over two decades) and the opportunities that allowed for easy liaison in having them provide a high quality, fully custom made drawstop console, using the same components as many of their pipe instruments.


The result is a three manual console, much of it in solid mahogany. The toe-sprung pedal board began life on a pipe organ at St James Church in Oldham, but has been fully dismantled, refinished, stained and sealed to give a new look with a nice pipe association. Using local construction facilitated experimentation over wood stain colours to get just the desired result. The instrument is unlike many home instruments in having no internal amplifiers or loudspeakers. There are eight channels of sound and these are linked to multiple Genelec active loudspeakers arranged C and C# style around the lounge, each speaker containing a bi-amplified pair of speaker drivers. The organ also includes a PHMusic designed and built combiner unit that, as well as muting switch-on transients, allows the same speakers to be used, simultaneously if necessary, as part of a high grade multi-channel audio replay system.

The console has 64 drawstops and the standard Phoenix multi-level sequencer and piston system. It was decided that having eight generals and eight divisional on each key slip was excessive for a home instrument so only six divisional and four general pistons are fitted on each slip to give a tidier look.


The concept was for it to be an English sounding instrument with sufficient flexibilty to cope with any of my current repertoire and the possiblities to expand beyond that. The specification is as follows:



Violone 16
Contra Bourdon 32
Gt & Ped combinations coupled
Open Diapason I 8
Open Diapason 16
6 thumb pistons to Swell, Great & Choir
Open Diapason II 8
Quintaton 16
12 (= 4 x 3) general pistons
Gamba 8
Bourdon 16
Great & Swell pistons duplicated on toe pistons (swell left)
Hohl Flute 8
Octave 8
Toe reversibles for Gt to Ped and Sw to Gt
Stopped Diapason 8
Bass Flute 8
53 speaking stops
Principal 4
Choral Bass 4
64 moving drawstops
Harmonic Flute 4
Mixture 15.19.22

Twelfth 2 2/3
Contra Bombard 32

Fifteenth 2
Trombone 16

Mixture 19.22.26
Bassoon 16

Sharp Mixture 29.33
Schalmei 4

Double Trumpet 16
Gt to Pedal

Trumpet 8
Sw to Pedal

Clarion 4
Choir to Pedal

Sw to Great

Choir to Great

Swell (enclosed)

Choir (enclosed)

Contra Salicional 16
Principal 8

Open Diapason 8
Stopped diapason 8

Gedact 8
Gemshorn 4

Viol D'Orchestre 8
Koppel Flute 4

Voix Celeste II
Nazard 2 2/3

Principal 4
Block Flute 2

Nason Flute 4
Tierce 1 3/5

Fifteenth 2
Larigot 1 1/3

Nineteenth 1 1/3
Cymbale 26.29.33

Mixture 22.26.29
Clarinet 8

Contra Fagotto 16
Echo Trumpet 8

Cornopean 8
Tuba 8

Oboe 8

Clarion 4
Swell to Choir

Super Octave


Rotary lever switch "Blower On/Off" at base of Choir jamb plate
Choir to Swell

The Phoenix system has been provided with an alternate north German style set of samples, but as they are not a priority, no significant time has been spent voicing and regulating those. The instrument is normally left in an equal temperament but Silberman, Velotti and Werckmeister options can be selected when needed.

Organ installed Ramsbottom

P H Music
Ramsbottom, UK
UK tel: +44 (0)7799 621954

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