>>How many even HIP organists take part in or inititiate thorough re-tunings,
>>even of just reeds?
>The organist at the cathedral in my home town used to tune the organ
>herself, with one of her students at the keyboard.
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Can't speak for the HIP crowd, but my teacher at All Saint's tuned the
reeds or the Harrison/Don Gillette/Skinner himself as necessary (1962).
Over here it is expected of full-time professionals and is part of their
education. Admittedly, many shirk the task, calling the OB - I don't mind a
litle extra change for an hour's easy work on Saturday.
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