DIYAPASON-L Digest #91 - Friday, May 12, 2000
RE: [Residence Organs]  Used Chests
  by "Tom Ed Moore" <>
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(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] Used Chests From: "Tom Ed Moore" <> Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 11:47:49 -0500   Mike,   I am not sure if I ever responded to this message. If not, I'm very = sorry. I live in Florence, AL. Please contact me at = concerning pictures of the chests, etc.   Thanks   Tom Ed Moore       >=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Original Message From "Residence Organ List" = <> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D >Tom were do you live I have several chest I will sell cheap and send you pics. if >it is not to much to ship Mike > >Tom Ed Moore wrote: > >> Dear List, >> >> I am searching for a good, used, 4 rk chest. Any suggestions on where = to look >> will be appreciated. >> >> Tom Ed Moore >> >> >> DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own >> Residence Pipe Organs. >> HOMEPAGE : >> List: >> Administration: > > >DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own >Residence Pipe Organs. >HOMEPAGE : >List: >Administration:    
(back) Subject: introduction From: <> Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 13:37:12 -0400       Hi!   My name is Ed Stauff, I'm a software engineer by trade and a musician by calling. I do mostly folk music these days (guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, bass, and recorders), performing with my wife under the name "Hopeful Romantics", but we both love early music, and I take organist subbing jobs when we're not travelling to festivals or SF conventions.   My first instrument was piano, taught to me by my mother at a very tender age. I wasn't very good at it by the time my mother got an old Hammond B-1, but I started taking organ lessons around age 10 at the local Hammond Organ Studios. I don't remember how long I studied "roller skating music" there, perhaps a year or two, but finally one day I started learning some Bach. In a very short time I quit taking lessons there, and started taking lessons at St. John's Episcopal Church, Waterbury CT, turned my back on the pop stuff, and never looked back. (No offense is intended to the theatre organ folks.) I guess early influences are often the strongest: I still consider the St. John's organ (written up in Barnes, if you care) to be very close to my idea of the perfect organ. As a teenager I collected and read every book I could get my hands on about organ-building, including Audsley, Irwin, Barnes, and Wicks. I managed to talk my way into most of the pipe organs in town, and soon developed a sneer for anything resembling an octopod. I've become more appreciative in my old age, but my favorite music is still German & French baroque, and I've never lost my sweet tooth for tasty reeds and upper work.   While I was in college getting a Computer Science degree, I studied organ for a year or two there, and built a harpsichord. From scratch. (Except for the jacks, which I gave up on and bought from Zuckermann.)   About 10 or 15 years ago, the Masonic Temple in my home town sold their building, and I managed to secure the one remaining organ there for $500. From my point of view it was a horrible old octopod with nary a diapason in sight, but it was a place to start. In fact it was an EM Skinner, and while I was apalled at the stoplist, I was blown away by the workmanship. Not a knot to be found in any piece of wood, anywhere. No nails, only screws. Anyway, it became the basis for my first hausorgel. I traded away most of the pipework, traded the drawknob console for something more compact, and learned to hate pitman chests. (Nasty heavy bulky things!) Alas, eventually I got rid of the whole thing when I decided it was taking up more time and space than it was worth.   My primary practice instrument became a "pedal synthesizer", which I created by wiring a spare pedalboard to my PC, writing software to scan the key switches and generate MIDI events. It even has velocity, which is VERY cool.   I've lived in Nashua NH for the past 20 years, and next month we move to Fitchburg MA. Our plan is to either start a cohousing community in that area, or join one that's starting in Burlington VT. (If you don't know what cohousing is, think of it as a condo development that's designed by the future residents instead of a developer, and you know all your neighbors before you move in. See "" for more info.) My plan is to put a good-size pipe organ in the community common house, hopefully in a nice large room with decent acoustics. Since the common house hasn't even been designed yet, let alone built, I have the opportunity to influence the design to meet my requirements.   The organ I want will be a classical instrument of roughly 30 ranks and 3 manuals. Buying a new one is, financially, out of the question. However, it looks like I ought to be able to do it myself (mostly) for the cost of a couple of midsize automobiles. Spread out over several years, I can probably swing it. I'm hoping that there will be other community members who are interested in the project, but it's too early to tell. I don't think it's reasonable for the community to pay for the organ; I figure I'll be doing well if they give me a reasonable space to put it in. The community will almost certainly have a nice big woodworking shop, which will help a lot, especially if I make my own chests.   More information about my project can be found here:   I have no parts collected yet, but I hope to start collecting them soon. First I need to refine the tonal design, and see how much space I'm going to have to put it in.   I expect you'll be getting a lot of questions from me as the months & years go by. I hope I'll be able to give something back, as well.   Oh yeah: like so many organ buffs, I'm also into trains. N scale indoors, and (I must be crazy) G gauge outdoors. Also a ham: WA1ZBR. Did I mention that I have way too many hobbies? :-)   Best regards,   -- Ed   P.S. Mr. List Moderator, you can excerpt this for the Members' Bios page, but please don't list the web page at this time. Thanks!   #=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D#=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D#=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D# | Ed Stauff, principal software eng. | I don't speak | "Specialization | | Avid Technology, Tewksbury MA, USA | for Avid, nor | is for insects." | | "" (remove #'s) | vice versa. | -- Lazarus Long | #=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D#=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D#=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D#