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Residence of Bruce and Maree Duncan, Clackline


The original keyboard of the organ

Overhauling the organ before rebuild at Clackline

Redesigned casework and additional pipes
Console refurbished with extended keyboard and new pedalboard

Regulator valve for the trumpets, to ensure stable wind.


Burnished tin trumpets complete the organ redesign

The redesigned console 2016

Name of institution Residence of Bruce and Maree Duncan
Type of institution Private residence
Street Address Leeder Road
City Clackline
State Western Australia
Postcode 6564
Country Australia
Name of building Private residence
Name of room Music room
Dates of the building c.1990 with new extensions 2013
Architect's and builder's names Dave's Property Improvements
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact Bruce Duncan
Mailing Address PO Box 1155, Northam, WA, 6401
Telephone 08 9574 0410
Email Bruce Duncan
Other contact information
Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ None
Detail of previous organ Original configuration of the stoplist was:

Bourdon (Autobass) 16'
Claribel 8'
Principal 4'
Piccolo 2'
Sifflote 1'
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
Present organ
Type of installation Free standing
Case description Mahogany casework with polished wood and burnished tin pipes
Placement in room North wall
Builder's name Paul F Hufner
Opus number Opus XIIX
Date of completion/installation Built 1963
Construction materials Mahogany, Jarrah
Number of manuals One (1)
Key compasses F-ff, rebuilt as CC-ff
Number of keys 49 originally, 54 with new keyboard
Key material
Pedal compass None originally, rebuilt as CC-b
Number of pedals 24
Pedalboard type Straight
Pedalboard material Oak
Type of chests Direct electric
Type of key action Electro-magnetic (2014 electric with optic fiber transmission)
Type of stop action Electro-magnetic (2014 electric with optic fiber transmission)
Couplers None
Tremulants None
Accessories Three stops are also selectable as divided stops (bass/treble). Selecting the original stop overrides the divided stop.
Console type Tab stops
Stop label material
Placement Remote, previously attached to organ case by mechanical linkage to Swell (no longer in use).
General design
Playing aids Balanced swell pedal no longer fitted
Divided stops added to provide greater flexibility of registration for a single manual instrument.
Divisions Manual, Pedal
Wind pressures 68mm w.g. (new specification)
Stop list Original specification:

Bourdon (Autobass) 16' Wood
Claribel 8' Wood
Principal 4' Wood
Piccolo 2' Wood
Sifflote 1' Metal

Rebuilt (2013) specification:

Bourdon 16' Wood New
Claribel 8' Wood
Principal 4' Wood
Piccolo 2' Wood
Sifflote 1' Metal
Horn 8' Metal New
Clarion Horn 4' Metal New
Bourdon 16' Wood New
Bass Flute 8' Wood
Horn 8' Metal New

New Transmission (2014) specification:

Bourdon 16' Wood
Claribel 8' Wood
Claribel bass New
Claribel treble New
Principal 4' Wood
Principal bass New
Principal treble New
Piccolo 2' Wood
Sifflote 1' Metal
Horn 8' Metal
Horn bass New
Horn treble New
Clarion Horn 4' Metal
Bourdon 16' Wood
Bass Flute 8' Wood
Horn 8' Metal

Total number of stops Five (5) stops originally, now 16 stops
Total number of ranks 1 rank extended originally, now 2 ranks extended.
Total number of pipes 92 pipes originally, now 163 pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ New pedal Bourdon 16' pipes made by Irvin Phillips, Armadale, in 2012 to the original scale and specification of Paul F Hufner.

New Trumpet rank made in Poland to the specification of Bruce Duncan and Graham Devenish.
New pedal chests for extended bass pipes and new trumpet rank by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd.
New case work by Virgile Bardin to match the revised design of the organ by Bruce Duncan, including new bass chests,carried out by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd. 2013.

Rebuilt by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd September 2013 and installed at Clackline October/November 2013.
Final voicing by Tomasz Nowak and Graham Devenish December 2013.

New computerised transmission with fibre optic connection December 2014.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Built for the Carnamah Community Church. Said to have been removed because of the high cost of travel for tuning and maintenance in the remote wheatbelt town.

Installed in St Matthew's Church, Armadale, 1993

Relocated and installed in St Ninian & St Chad Church, Maylands

Removed to storage in Yarloop Steam Workshops in 2010 by F J Larner & Co.

Relocated to Clackline 14 January 2011 by Bruce and Maree Duncan.
Information on current organ The original configuration of the instrument saw it almost entirely enclosed in a swell box. This design has been discarded in favour of open case work which allows every pipe to be on display and to speak clearly into the room.

The original single rank concept of an extended Clarabel rank with an autobass switching device has been completely revised with the addition of a Pedal division with new Bourdon pipes and the inclusion of a Trumpet rank, available in the Pedal and Manual divisions.

New winding arrangements have included the intallation of a BOB blower, a single rise regulator and a regulator valve for the trumpets, to ensure stable wind to that chest. The original hand-made blower, regulator and other components have been preserved with the organ for posterity.

In December 2014 an optic fibre transmission was installed to replace the aging cables and old gang switches. At the same time, new stops were added to provide divided stops for the manual division. The Clarabel, Principal and Horn may now be selected for the whole keyboard, bass (to b) or treble (from c).
Comparable instruments to current organ Similar organs exist in Collie and Bridgetown.
Current status In excellent condition
Assessment of organ The organ is well maintained and in constant use
Other organs by this builder Paul Hufner built about 40 pipe organs that were installed in Western Australia and Tasmania. His workshop in Bayswater (WA) was on land prevoiusly owned by Bruce Duncan's grandfather.

Bruce has a special attachment to this organ because he actually played this organ when it was being buit in the Hufner workshop.
Photographs Photographs by Bruce Duncan and Graham Devenish
Technical documents In The Pipeline article
General documents A tribute to Paul Hufner, by Bob Elms OAM
Supporting information
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 04 January 2011.
Updated information by Bruce Duncan 15 January 2011.
Additional information from In The Pipeline April/May 2000.
Updated information by Bruce Duncan 05 October 2013.
Updated information by Bruce Duncan 18 April 2015.