Pipes and blocks on a Basson comissioned by an American client.
The glorious look and sound of polished organ pipes mounted en chamade
Of all the organ pipes, reeds mounted horizontally – en chamade – create perhaps the greatest visual and sonic impact in a building. This double trumpet was made by the Shires team with half length resonators in the bottom octave. The resonators are fashioned from zinc with tin ends on pipes 1 to 24 and remainder are entirely zinc. All pipes were polished and lacquered before delivery. The ends of the resonators were flared by hand, picture bottom right, in our workshop. Incidentally, 'chamade' was a trumpet call designed to be heard across the battlefield in the enemy camp, just before a charge – so the stop is aptly named.
Nothing run of the mill about this reed – it's a pepper pot oboe
Hot stop: An Oboe 8' made with a high proportion of tin. Note the pepper pot method employed, which was interesting for us to make. French construction from middle c.
This trumpet shall sound in Chelsea
The reed blocks and shallots of an 8' Great trumpet in our workshop destined for the new organ in Chelsea Old Church, London, being built by William Drake Ltd.
Shining example of a Flugel Horn reed stop
A Flugel Horn reed stop, left, and its components newly made in our Leeds workshop for an American customer
VIDEO: The casting of a reed block:
Please click to see the process carried out in our workshop.