DIYAPASON-L Digest #122 - Tuesday, July 11, 2000
Home organ update - Voicing
  by "Elders, Craig" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Home organ update - Voicing
  by "Bob Loesch" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Home organ update - Voicing
  by "Larry Chace" <>

(back) Subject: Home organ update - Voicing From: "Elders, Craig" <> Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 16:08:02 -0500   Good day to all.   For those that are interested, I thought I would drop you all a note about my home project and the voicing that has and is taking place. (I assume that since we have not heard many updates on home projects lately that everyone is busy sawing, sanding, drilling, wiring, soldering, and "other" stuff.)   It has now been a year since I played the first pipe from the console. Early last fall a voicer for a local builder started coming over when he = had time and started the voicing work for me. I have helped several different builders with some voicing over the last 5 to 6 years. That is I would = sit on a walkway high up in a church as the builder would sit at the console = and yell directions to me. "Take off a little more wind", "add a little more wind", need 2 more nicks, close the airway, raise the languid, etc. Even down at the console, I could not, and still can't really hear what they hear. I can tell the difference after the alter, but can't do the initial determination other than soft/loud. I guess that is what years of experience of doing this all the time is for! So up front I decided that = I would hire some assistance with voicing (tonal finishing).   Last fall we started with the Great Diapasons. First the 8', then the 4' and then the 2'. We found out quickly that my 2' was not going to work. Just too much for my room. Softening it turned it more fluty and it lost = a lot of its diapason quality. So I decided to replace it. There was just = no "experienced" pipework that I could find, so I have now ordered a new 2'. (WOW new shiny pipework!). My III Great Mixture was also voiced. When = the new 2' gets in, then my Great diapason chorus will be complete.   Because of the Christmas holidays and an out-of-town installation of a new pipe organ, my voicer was busy until the first of May. Then back to work. We completed the 8' Pedal Octave, that is also exposed in my living room with my Great division. Then off to the Swell we went. The first rank = was my 8' Gamba and the Celeste for it. I can not tell you what a difference there is in the sound from those pipes. He spent more time with those = that with any other of the ranks. Everyone always says that strings are harder to regulate. But they are now gorgeous! In addition to the Gamba and its Celeste, I have a smaller scaled 8' Viola de Orchestra and Viola Celeste. But after looking and working with them, I have decided not to try to = voice them and to replace them when I can find some "better" pipework. So now, = at least, I do have a wonderful string and a celeste.   Next we completed the 4' Principal and the 2' Spitzprincipal. Again, it just does not sound like the same pipework. A very nice Swell division is taking shape. Now playing the Swell against the Great will give you goose bumps, or is it heat rash this time of the year!   What is gradually sinking in is that not only do I have a pipe organ in my home, but it is really sounding like a fine instrument. Having someone = with such a talent to voice and regulate is wonderful. I know I am lucky to = have been able to have him help me out. I would never know how to regulate the Great 4' Octave vs the Swell 4' Principal. Or how to get an entire rank = to speak the same. I still listen and still can't really hear what he hears, but I can sure tell what he has done.   I have made another discovery. My 8' Swell Gedeckt is just too small in = the lower two octaves. I found a 16' Lieblich Gedeckt octave that is just = fine, but the "bottom" 8' foundation is just not there. It is fine on up, but I had noticed and felt this before we really got started. So I am going to replace the 8' Gedeckt. In fact, a builder friend is coming by the next = day or so to hear what Eleanor now sounds like. And he has a Gedeckt that he thinks will work. He will bring over a few pipes and we can see if this = new rank will work better. So until I get the Gedeckt replaced, we are = working on the 4' Harmonic Flute and then on to the mutations and whatever is left.   I know that we always hear that voicing, or tonal finishing, is critical = to any installation. Not only for a church or hall, but for our home instruments as well. That voicing art, even with "experienced" pipework, has already made such a tremendous difference in the sound of my organ - even in a small dead home living area. This voicing is a wonderful investment for the quality of the sound! It sure does not sound "home = made" now!   Hope everyone is having a good summer. And remember, if you come through Fort Worth, come by for a test drive.   Craig Elders Fort Worth, Texas    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Home organ update - Voicing From: "Bob Loesch" <> Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 16:18:03 -0700   So tell us, Craig: When is he going to voice the Tibia Plena? ;-)   Congrats on your progress. It sounds like it will be YUMMY!     At 16:08 07/11/2000 -0500, Elders, Craig wrote: >Good day to all. > >For those that are interested, I thought I would drop you all a note = about >my home project and the voicing that has and is taking place.   Regards, Bob, in beautiful Lake County, California, USA NAWCC 140818 alternate email:    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Home organ update - Voicing From: "Larry Chace" <> Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 22:16:38 -0400   Bravo, Craig! Over a period of several years now Craig has reported on = the results of his project constructing "Eleanor". It is exciting to hear of the successes and to imagine the completion! Even at a distance, Craig's progress is an inspiration!   Many, many thanks!   Larry