The Project

In March 2021 Damon Cox & Nigel Laflin descended on Folkestone, on the invitation of Rickys son Brian, to survey the organ with a view to helping find a new home for the instrument. Following the survey Damon (possibly in a moment of madness!?) agreed to take ownership of the organ. This meant removal, restoration and re-installation in another suitable venue.

To call the instrument a Standaart is actually a bit of a stretch. The analysis of the organ shows that’s in-fact most of the organ is Compton. To put numbers on it there are 159 Standaart, 243 Compton and 73 Henry Jones & Son pipes in the organ – that totals just 475. (Click for a full analysis of the organ in March 2021)

Unlike the major brands (Wurlitzer, Compton etc) there isn’t an abundance of Standaart spares lying around and so some sensible substitutions will be made to keep it as original (or as close too) as possible.

Already the rather bold Compton Vox Humana which was not original to the Standaart (or indeed Folkestone!) has been upgraded to a Wurlitzer rank.

The current console seems to be rather like marmite (50% love it, 50% hate it) as it is, the plan is to re-create the original “Deco” style Standaart console, taking it back to two manuals, one stop sweep, and using the Compton units and new stop tabs.

Pierre Palla at the Den Haag Passage theater Standaart – also made in 1929 and now installed in the EYE Museum, Amsterdam. This is the closest example to the original Folkestone console, and its hoped that access shall be obtained to gather detailed measurements (Photo: Peter Koppe)


Gallery

Survey

Removal

Restoration


Technical

Photos and details of the pipework currently part of the project, Including details of the original Wooden Flute and Gamba

(Non-Standaart ranks are subject to change as the project continues)