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 Post subject: Imhof and Mukle at Speke Hall
New postPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:41 am 
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As promised, I have now received a picture of the Imhof and Mukle (or should it be Muckle, there seems to be two spellings?) barrel organ at Speke Hall, near Liverpool.

So far, the only reference I can find is on a website: http://www.goetzegwynn.co.uk/opuslist.shtml with the reference "1865 Imhof and Mukle clockwork barrel organ at Speke Hall for the National Trust"

Sadly, the National Trust don't play the instrument and only have a recording which they play to the hall visitors.

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 Post subject: Re: Imhof and Mukle at Speke Hall
New postPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:18 pm 
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It certainly is a nice looking instrument .
What a pity they only play a recording of it
It needs to be played on a regular basis .
So many of these old organs are just on display and never get played because the custodians think wrongly that it is better to not play them.

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 Post subject: Re: Imhof and Mukle at Speke Hall
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Hi George.

I exchanged a few emails with Nicholas Simons and he says the same and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him on this, but I agree with him:

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Unfortunately, people who look after historic buildings with historic collections think that it is best to not play musical instruments, with the result that they deteriorate quicker than if played regularly.

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