The small group of men were working on the installation of a tracker organ in the south transept - out of the way so to speak. The tracker principle employs a mechanical linkage between the keys and pedals played by the organist and the valves that release air into the pipes of the corresponding note(s), thereby creating the desired sounds. The tracker action gives the organist direct control over the moment in time when it is desired that air enter the pipe.
I talked to the American donor, and realized that we shared an enthusiasm for the instrument, having seen some notable examples in the state of Oaxaca. In fact, he invited me to perform at the opening recital in ten days time. Fortunately for both of us, and any audience, I would no long be in Mérida to display long lost talents.
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