Richard Hobson’s Russell chamber organ

Dominic has helped Richard Hobson to collect the 1786 Hugh Russell chamber organ which he bought from Sotheby’s recently.  The organ has recently belonged to two collectors, and was probably in the church at Patney in Wiltshire before that.  It was repaired by organ builders in Devizes in 1909, an organ builder in Bath in 1863, and by Holdich at some point (it uses his bellows weights).  It was restored by Manders recently, with a new Hautboy treble replacing the missing one.  The stops are fifteenth, principal, bass and treble diapason, hautboy, dulciana, the compass is GG AA C D – f³ (bass treble bº/c¹).  Its condition is almost unaltered, a lovely little organ.