Clayesmore Going Down Hill

The installation of this Clayesmore Console was tricky; it had to go down a very steep windy path. However once in place, the rest of the installation went flawlessly.

The console was finished in a custom colour to match existing woodwork, something we can do free-of-charge.

Two Iiyama touchscreens were used with a Mac Pro, Touch Base drivers and a Focusrite audio interface, a great combination.
The nameboard contains two 2 X 16 character Hauptwerk-compatible LCD panels used to display loading status, combination set and stepper information. The thumb pistons on the nameboard replicate the functions on Hauptwerk’s Combination Stepper Mini Control Panel. The Clayesmore console is fitted with curved toe-sweeps and kneeboard. 3 expression pedals and 22 toe pistons were specified by the customer. Thumb and toe piston layout and nomenclature are to customer specifications, we can provide advice if required.

Tabs or Touchscreen?

Touchscreens are very convenient if you want to switch between multiple sample sets, but they are not ideal for installations. When a touchscreen is used, as well changing registration, the player can change any Hauptwerk or operating system settings as it is not possible to lock-down Hauptwerk; well-meaning tinkering can render an instrument unplayable. I hope this gets address in Hauptwerk 5….

We recently installed a 2 manual tab instrument into an Oxford church. As the church was very small it was decided not to use one of our standard tab consoles, but to use a Winchester console . The Winchester is our most compact console and is usually used with touchscreens.


A standard 2 manual key-set was used with a custom mounting for the tabs on top. The tab panel is detachable so the console could be used with touchscreens in the future. This is now a standard option.

The sample set used was St Eucaire, it sounds brilliant and is excellent value for money. You may notice that there are blank tabs on the instrument, it has been optimised for a larger, as yet unannounced British 2 manual sample set.

A Mac Mini was used to run Hauptwerk with our Power Controller doing on/off and audio switching.   The audio interface was Focusrite.

Another interesting feature is the pin-adjustable bench. Traditional adjustable benches are very expensive, using stainless steel pins provides a cost-effective alternative.