DIYAPASON-L Digest #193 - Wednesday, November 22, 2000
A residence organ progress report
  by "Larry Chace" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  A residence organ progress report
  by "Bob Loesch" <>

(back) Subject: A residence organ progress report From: "Larry Chace" <> Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 10:59:12 -0500   [I *thought* I had sent this out last night, but it hasn't arrived and perhaps I was too tired, exhausted, and distracted to have noticed any e-mailing errors... It did go to PIPORG-L, and perhaps I sent it there = and not here, as I had intended.]   The holiday season seems to cause folks to take extra time and exert extra effort...   While we were attending the recent ATOS regional convention (in the Boston area, but not in Boston!), Barbara commented that if I didn't get *something* playing on the organ project, then she'd start to think about converting the nice new (-ish) organ chamber into a wine cellar. = Hmmm.....   A 24-note bass offset chest of dubious origins was on hand, and local = organ builder and friend Cullie Mowers loaned a nice little (well...) 61-note Moller Vox Humana chest. Both chests needed new cables, and so that got done. The 1917 Estey Clarabella (yes, with Haskell basses) got carried down from the attic of the barn, partly through the heroic efforts of a 7-year-old (though she really preferred using the shop's intercom to talk remotely to Grandma back in the house). Lo and behold -- the bottom 24 of the Clarabella fit almost perfectly into the offset chest, with just a little bit of filing of some rack board holes needed.   The 61-note Vox chest wasn't an ideal fit for the Clarabella (from middle = C up); most of the rack board holes and some of the top board holes were rather too large. Make a new rackboard? No -- the Holidays are Upon Us! Instead, take the trusty roll of masking tape and ... (I shouldn't = describe it -- but you can use a couple of strips of masking tape to "reduce" the size of the rack board holes on a "temporary" basis, of course!)   All of this material got carried to the house and lowered into the = chamber. Parts of a Z-tronics relay were also added, along with some wind conductor and a tiny (15" square) Moller regulator. The 1/4hp blower was hooked up, a few "cat 5" cables were threaded up the conduit to the console overhead in the dining room, and some additional wiring was done to the Great = manual and to a few selected stop tabs.   The result is that The Organ Plays. Well, sort of. It has a Great manual that has 16', 8', and 4' flutes as well as 16' and 4' couplers. No, this isn't my idea of a good tonal design! The Pedal and the other two manuals look nice, as do the other 131 stop tabs, but none of them do anything. While I tried playing a few hymns and dusted off a few bits of real organ music (which I could just barely play back when I was trying to practice), the real fun was firing up the MIDI sequencer and letting Lemare's "Ride = of the Valkyries" go for a romp. (The Z-tronics relay has a MIDI interface, and this "Ride" is a MIDIfied version from an Aeolian player roll.)   Perhaps most amazing of all is that this 1917 Clarabella has been in my possesion (in storage) for about 20 years, and who knows how long it was = in storage before that. I haven't tuned it, and while there are some fairly sour notes, most of them are tolerable. This is a tribute to Estey's wooden pipe construction with their "inset" wooden tuning slides.   The wind pressure was selected by the simple method of piling on the barbell weights that I had purchased just for this purpose; not quite 4" pressure was the result, and the Estey pipework seemed quite happy with that. There are no swell shades (yet), and this one rank has a satifying sound in the house.   The big fun will be when the various grandkids come over and start playing with the organ console, as they are used to doing. *THIS* time, it will make a sound!   Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!   Larry Chace    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] A residence organ progress report From: "Bob Loesch" <> Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 08:29:57 -0800   At 10:59 11/22/2000 -0500, Larry Chace wrote: >The result is that The Organ Plays.     A BIG CONGRATULATIONS Larry, and to any one else who now has pipes to = play. I guess I'll have to arise from my moribund posterior [get off of my dead A**, to most American-English-speaking types] and DO somethingj!   Thanks to all for the inspiration, and Happy Thanksgiving to all in the = USA!   Regards, Bob, in beautiful Lake County, California, USA NAWCC 140818 alternate