DIYAPASON-L Digest #205 - Tuesday, December 12, 2000
 
Re: [Residence Organs]  Introduction and MIDI stuff
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: MIDI repetition problems
  by "Tom Dimock" <tad1@cornell.edu>
RE: unit organs
  by "STEVE PITTS" <steve.pitts@adtran.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  RE: unit organs
  by "Ron Natalie" <ron@sensor.com>
RE: Organ Clearing House
  by "STEVE PITTS" <steve.pitts@adtran.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  RE: Organ Clearing House
  by <DBnMOPS@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  RE: unit organs
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
RE: [Residence Organs]  RE: Organ Clearing House
  by <mblackwell@wallace.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  RE: Organ Clearing House
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
RE: [Residence Organs]  RE: Organ Clearing House
  by "Sam Vause" <vause@home.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Introduction and MIDI stuff From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 07:16:49 -0500   Hi Mickey-   I'm Rick Veague from Waldron, Indiana (southeast of Indy). I have a = small business restoring reed, pipe, roll and book organs, player pianos and clocks. I play the steam calliope for IUPUI (during the season) and am building = a 114-pipe Dutch street organ in my shop. I'm a member of the Musical Box Society Int., the FairOrgan Preservation Society in Great Britain, KringVanDraaiorgelVreinden (in Holland), and ATOS. I have a WurliTzer 2m-9r in a friends large stone house down the road = from me and I service area church organs. Back in the 70s I sold WurliTzer in central Florida (I *well* remember the 950 and sub-series). In my house I have a Jesse French player with a Simplex stack and a = Hamilton (Baldwin) parlour organ with gallery -and a houseful of old Black Forest cuckoo clocks.   Nice to meet you!   Rick        
(back) Subject: Re: MIDI repetition problems From: "Tom Dimock" <tad1@cornell.edu> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 08:23:58 -0500   At 11:51 AM 12/10/2000 -0500, Larry Chace wrote: >While not having actually dealt with roll players per se, I've done a lot >of work related to MIDI-fication of pipe organs, including the use of = MIDI >sequencers for performance recording and playback. Tom Dimock (a fellow >programmer at Cornell University) and I demonstrated our first unit in >1989, using "ConcertWare" on a Macintosh to play a 3-rank unit organ set = up >in a lecture hall. > ... A couple of the unit chests out of my as yet very incomplete Austin+ residence organ... > >The matter of note repetition is also interesting. I've downloaded some = of >the MIDI arrangements that folks have posted on the Web and have had = mixed >success playing them on my simple instrument. (For purposes of getting >something to work, I've arranged to "couple" MIDI channels 1-8, using the >result to play the organ's Great manual and letting the stops be changed = by >hand.) I've noticed in many arrangements that repetitive notes do *not* >repeat on the organ. The problem is not in the chest, nor is it in my >MIDI-to-magnets conversion. Rather, the problem is that the MIDI file >performer didn't leave a small silent gap between the notes. I'd guess >that the performance might have been intended for a piano or other >instrument in which the notes decay naturally, and in such a case the >repeated note *is* heard as such. You may find that some piano rolls = will >therefore have *sustained* notes rather than the repeats that you'd = expect.   This is a real problem with MIDI music which is designed to play on pianos or synthesizers which assume decaying notes. Since this describes most of the music that I have for my organ, I had to solve this problem. Being a computer programmer, I did it in the computer. The output of the Midi player program is routed to a small program which I wrote that analyzes = the MIDI stream, and when it detects a note off followed immediately by a note on, it opens a gap between them. Since delaying the note on would be very noticible (and sound horrible - I tried it), I delay the entire MIDI = stream slightly so that I can move the offending note-off event "up-stream" by enough to let the valve reset in the organ. It works quite well. Before anyone asks, no, I can't share it with you unless you're running your = organ off very old Macintosh hardware and software.... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------= - Tom Dimock ---- Cornell University ---- tad1@cornell.edu "There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader." M. = Gandhi  
(back) Subject: RE: unit organs From: "STEVE PITTS" <steve.pitts@adtran.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 16:41:14 -0600     could someone explain to me exactly what is meant by the term "Unit Organ" or what is meant when saying that an organ is unified? What are the consequences of modifying or expanding an organ that is unified?    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] RE: unit organs From: "Ron Natalie" <ron@sensor.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 17:47:58 -0500       STEVE PITTS wrote: > > could someone explain to me exactly what is meant by the term "Unit = Organ" > or what is meant when saying that an organ is unified? What are the > consequences of modifying or expanding an organ that is unified? > A unified organ is one where the ranks are mapped to a lot of stops. For example, my highly unified 6 rank organ has something like 24 stops. Ranks show up at different pitches and on different keyboards. Theatre organs are usually highly unified (as are many small organs to make them appear larger).   A unit organ usually refers to the chest. A unit organ allows each pipe to be individually controlled (as opposed to a slider & pallet or other style chest where the action works across the pipes of several ranks). This design is obviously necessary in order to create unified organs.  
(back) Subject: RE: Organ Clearing House From: "STEVE PITTS" <steve.pitts@adtran.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 16:57:04 -0600     Does anyone know if the Organ Clearing House only arranges sales of used pipe organs to churches? I am looking to buy one for my home and I have no idea if they would even talk to me about it.  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] RE: Organ Clearing House From: <DBnMOPS@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 18:16:39 EST     --part1_48.e9b1b61.27680bd7_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 12/12/2000 5:58:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, steve.pitts@adtran.com writes:     > Does anyone know if the Organ Clearing House only arranges sales of used > pipe organs to churches? I am looking to buy one for my home and I have = no > idea if they would even talk to me about it. >   Alan Lauffman, founder and president of the Organ Clearing House passed = away within the last two weeks. I think, and hope, that the Clearing House will =   continue in his absence, but it might be hard to find out anything at the moment. Doug   --part1_48.e9b1b61.27680bd7_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In a message dated = 12/12/2000 5:58:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, <BR>steve.pitts@adtran.com = writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Does anyone know = if the Organ Clearing House only arranges sales of used <BR>pipe organs to churches? I am looking to buy one for my home and I = have no <BR>idea if they would even talk to me about it. <BR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>Alan Lauffman, founder and president of the Organ Clearing House = passed away <BR>within the last two weeks. I think, and hope, that the = Clearing House will <BR>continue in his absence, but it might be hard to = find out anything at the <BR>moment. <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Doug</FONT></HTML>   --part1_48.e9b1b61.27680bd7_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] RE: unit organs From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 18:21:52 -0500   Unit organs mean virtually all ranks playable at all pitches on all = manuals.   The trick is in the relay wiring and one magnet-per-pipe chests.   Four ranks can sound like ten.   Rick      
(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] RE: Organ Clearing House From: <mblackwell@wallace.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 17:44:37 -0600   This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C06495.5FAE5130 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   I asked this question of them about a year ago and their answer was Yes, they would deal with individuals. Don't know if Alan's passing will have any effect on that.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C06495.5FAE5130 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D"text/html; = charset=3Diso-8859-1">     <META content=3D"MSHTML 5.00.2919.6307" name=3DGENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV><FONT color=3D#0000ff face=3DArial size=3D2><SPAN = class=3D015564223-12122000>I asked this question of them about a year ago and their answer was Yes, = they would deal with individuals.&nbsp; Don't know if Alan's passing will have = any effect on that.</SPAN></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C06495.5FAE5130--  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] RE: Organ Clearing House From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 18:08:25 -0600   At 6:16 PM -0500 12/12/00, DBnMOPS@aol.com wrote: >Alan Lauffman, founder and president of the Organ Clearing House passed = away >within the last two weeks. I think, and hope, that the Clearing House = will >continue in his absence, but it might be hard to find out anything at the >moment.   Bill VanPelt, the Executive Director of the Organ Historical Society, posted the following to the PIPORG-L list yesterday. I am forwarding his whole message to this list to answer the above question/comment.   David   ******************************************* The Tracker, Journal of the Organ Historical Society, will go to press = this week. It contains notice of the reorganization of the Organ Clearing = House. Recent postings have raised good questions about the Clearing House and = its future, the beginning of which is addressed in the article which I = excerpt, below, at the request of the new management of the Organ Clearing House:   Organ Clearing House Reorganizes   John Phillips Bishop, organbuilder of Arlington, Massachusetts, has = been named executive director of the Organ Clearing House, succeeding Alan Laufman. Amory T. Atkin and Joshua Wood, both of Cambridge, Massachusetts, continue as directors of physical relocation activities, and Richard A. Nickerson of Melrose, Massachusetts, has been named to coordinate storage facilities. The appointments were agreed upon by the parties involved at meetings conducted in October and November. The Organ Clearing House continues with the web address www.organclearinghouse.com. Contact with John Bishop is available by = e-mail at John@organclearinghouse.com or by toll-free telephone at 866-827-3055. The mailing address is Organ Clearing House, P. O. Box 219, Lexington, MA 02420-0219. The Organ Clearing House began activity in 1956 with the founding of = the Organ Historical Society and it was operated by the first OHS president, Barbara Owen. The first issue of the Society's journal, The Tracker, contained a recurring column entitled "Organs for Sale." That same first issue chronicles the meeting at which OHS was created and where one of the three topics considered was, "to see if a central file could be kept of information concerning old organs which are to be sold or scrapped, in = order to prevent these examples of early American organ building from being lost or destroyed." In 1961, Alan Laufman was appointed to coordinate the information in the "Organs for Sale" column. In The Tracker dated October 1962 (VII:1:6), the column was first headed "Organ Clearing House." The Organ Clearing House was operated by OHS until the National = Council meeting of August 26, 1963, when it was separated entirely from OHS and given to Alan Laufman to operate as his own enterprise. Alan Laufman recently estimated that the Organ Clearing House has = been instrumental in relocating more than 2,000 pipe organs in the U. S. as = well as in Brazil, England, Latvia, Germany, and Japan.   Bill Van Pelt ****************************************  
(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] RE: Organ Clearing House From: "Sam Vause" <vause@home.com> Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 18:18:41 -0700   They absolutely will help you! I know from personal experience about 3.5 years ago, and I'd do it again today. --sam Sam Vause (Chandler, AZ)   -----Original Message----- From: DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org [mailto:DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of STEVE PITTS Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 3:57 PM To: Residence Organ List Subject: [Residence Organs] RE: Organ Clearing House   Does anyone know if the Organ Clearing House only arranges sales of used pipe organs to churches? I am looking to buy one for my home and I have no idea if they would even talk to me about it.