DIYAPASON-L Digest #196 - Friday, December 1, 2000
Re: [Residence Organs]  My home organ project (long)
  by "Eric Sagmuller" <>
DIY roll player for organ?
  by "Caroline Kehne" <>
RE: [Residence Organs]  DIY roll player for organ?
  by <>
Re: Pipework for Sale "voiced by Perry"
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <>

(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] My home organ project (long) From: "Eric Sagmuller" <> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 07:46:42 -0500   Lou Paff wrote:     > >The whole thing has been a source of much joy to first >plan, then construct (along with frustration until >those first notes played), plus the emotional >fulfillment of playing music I love, and finally the >fun of anticipating future changes/additions to it. > >If you are planning an organ, or in the early stages >of constructing one, keep going =F1 you=EDll love it when >you get it playing. >   My exact feelings! I still have a long ways to go but having a couple=20 ranks playing makes it all worthwhile! It sounds better than I ever=20 dreamed it would. Even without the reverberation of a large room.   Eric    
(back) Subject: DIY roll player for organ? From: "Caroline Kehne" <> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 08:29:13 -0500   Greetings all,   Here's a nice winter project which I've been thinking about for some time. If other list members have travelled down this path, any comments, warnings, etc. would be appreciated before I accidentally walk myself off a cliff! I have a 6-rank 1967 Wicks organ (DE, of course) which is duplexed and unified to yield 15 'voices' on 2MP. The pressure varies from 1 1/2" to 3 1/2" (depending on the rank); the pipes are open-toed and have no nicking. I have been contemplating attaching a roll player to this organ, but since these units are not your standard garage sale find, I was thinking of using a standard 88-note player piano mechanism in a stand-alone cabinet. Possibilities; chuck out the old leaky pneumatics and find air-actuated micro switches for each note. problems: can the switches stay 'on' for sustained notes without burning out? Also, if their response is too rapid, they will detect the paper 'bridges' for the sustained notes on piano rolls, resulting in a repeating note instead. Other considerations; how to allocate the 88 holes to 2MP. Finally, I've been told that piano rolls might sound choppy since they were designed for an instrument with essentially no sustained tone. BTW, my taste in music is primarily classical, including orchestral transcriptions. No Broadway tunes, foxtrots or marimba waltzes with 'mandolin interpretations'. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.   cheers, Robert Pelletier  
(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] DIY roll player for organ? From: <> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 10:27:56 -0600   Check the last few days' archives of the Mechanical Music Digest ( At least one other person is contemplating = this project. Issues about roll compatibility were also addressed.   Mike Blackwell      
(back) Subject: Re: Pipework for Sale "voiced by Perry" From: "Blaine Ricketts" <> Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 09:29:50 -0800   2' Blockfl=F6te by Perry   Roy Perry had no voicing tools and did not work on pipes. He sat at the = console or out in the church telling others what he wanted.   Blaine Ricketts     David Scribner wrote: > > Hi Folks, > > As some of you already know, I recently moved to Little Rock, AR to > work full-time for Nichols and Simpson, Inc., Organbuilders > <>. Today, while we were moving pipe > work around the shop to make space for a delivery that arrived this > morning for an instrument in progress, it was decided that there are > some things that we need to sell. Since I also am the Webmaster for > the American Institute of Organbuilders <> I > have the list to publish on that site but wanted to pass along the > listing to the members of this list as well. > > All of the ranks are in good condition and are FOB Little Rock, AR. > Packing and shipping might be able to be arranged at additional cost, > though we would prefer pickup. > > 16' Metal Bourdon - 61 pipes from a 1984 Casavant - $2,200 > > 8' Hooded Trumpet - 56 pipes, 5" Scale at 8'C, 8" wind pressure from > the same 1984 Casavant - $2,500 > > 2' Blockflute - 61 pipes, spotted metal, Aeolian/Skinner - voiced by > Roy Perry - $500 > > 4' Chimney Flute - 61 pipes, Moller/Casavant, spotted metal with > inside chimneys, high arched cut-up - $150 > > If you need more information on any of these you can either email me > or Tim Bovard of this list at If you are > interested in purchasing any of these please email Joe Nichols at: > > > As we go through some of the other pipework and parts there will be > further additions to this list which I will post here. > > I will also be listing two consoles that I own personally sometime in > the next few days. One is a 3 manual and the other is a 2 manual. > If anyone has any interest in either of these please email me directly > > David > > DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own > Residence Pipe Organs. > HOMEPAGE : > List: > Administration: