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Have you ever wondered how such an instrument works? Here's a picture tour of our exploration inside the Ashton Hall Organ.

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1 - 
Right-hand-side of the Great
2 - 
Solo Tuba (Resonators) [Mounted]
3 - 
Solo pipework
 
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4 - 
The organ chamber - Pedal Sub-Bass 32'
5 - 
Solo Orchestral Oboe
6 - 
Rear of façade pipes
 
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7 - 
The dusty Great Trumpets, pre-restoration
8 - 
Norman & Beard 1909 pedal pneumatic switching
9 - 
Electro-pneumatic action - post 1975 fire
 
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10 - 
Builders' label, circa 1915
11 - 
Pedal pneumatic primary under-action
12 - 
Old humidifier, post-war
 
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13 - New humidifier, installed November 2011
14 - Crompton blower coupling to air-fan
15 - Blowing plant data
 
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16 - 
Primary air-fan
17 - Double-feed primary supply RHS-to-high-pressure impeller
18 - 
Blower room airway trunking
 
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19 - 
Looking at the feed chamber from the blower room. Site of the original humidifier at sound-chest level - 12 feet in the air!
20 - 
Newly-restored Great pipework with stainless steel tuning slides - note at chandelier height!
21 - 
Removal and entry point for sound boards at chandelier height via removed Façade Pipe location.
 
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22 - 
Silver-coloured new replacement-lead pipes.
23 - 
Installation of the refurbished slider motor actions.
24 - 
Installation of the refurbished slider motor actions.
 
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25 - 
Great repaired Trumpets (base) awaiting re-installation
26 - 
New strengthening work (webs) on the mitred Trumpet hoods
27 - 
Pedal violions, 16' facade pipes
- note the "beards"!
 
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28 - 
The console.
29 - 
Gillow carving, circa 1902
30 - 
Facade