DIYAPASON-L Digest #151B - Thursday, September 21, 2000
 
MTS organ Project
  by <mts@intergrafix.net>
Re: How is your project going?
  by "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com>
 

(back) Subject: MTS organ Project From: <mts@intergrafix.net> Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 05:23:12 GMT   Full Speed Ahead!   Dear List,   It is true as Mr. Elders says, I have been lacking in my reports. = Things have been very busy for me. But, the project is moving ahead. I have = another stoplist out, given below. The research on my 1830's pipes has come up blank. Their origins = remain mysterious. But the sound remains exquisite. I'm moving into the second phase of the design process, the physical layout. The mechanical and electrical prints are finished. Still undecided = is is the type of case and such, but I have a few ideas. The sound is = distinctly an early 19th century American organ, and I'm going about the finish in = that manner. I have some pictures of the pipes during cleaning, if anybody's interested. I'll forward them to you on request. This is an exciting project, and input is and has been greatly = appreciated. If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know. The first stoplist = below is my primary plan, and the second one is my future "pipe dream" since all = the goodies and bells will have to be built. Let me know what you think... Anything strange can be found in Audsley's "The Art of Organ Building" = vol.1. Chris Malocheski Malocheski Theater Systems Proud Pipe organ Owner             List I: what I have now and the basic organ...   MTS Organ Stoplist (revised 9-10-2000) Current Plans     Swell: Stopped Diapason 8' (Roman Facade with wood basses) Salicional 8' Mixture III (soft mixture) Swell Flute 4' (Metal with wood basses) Swell Oboe 8' (reed) Tremulant (Moller) Chimes (from Great) Swell to Swell 4' Swell to Swell 16' Swell Unison Seperation       Great: Open Diapason 8' (Hymnal) Open Diapason 8' (Roman Facade) Doppelflute 8' (Genuine wood) Dulciana 8' Unda Maris 8' Octave 4' (Roman Facade) Harmonic Flute 4' (metal w/wood basses) Mixture IV Tremulant (?) (Moller) Chimes Swell to Great 4 Swell to Great 8 Swell to Great 16 Great to Great 4 Great to Great 16 Great Unison Seperation Choir to Great 4 Choir to Great 8 Choir to Great 16         Choir: Clarinet 8' (Reed) Concert Flute 8' (open wood) Concert Fruit 8' Celeste (open wood) Fugara 8' Dulciana 8' Gamba 8' Tremulant (OSI) Swell to Choir 4 Swell to Choir 8 Swell to Choir 16 Choir to Choir 4 Choir to Choir 16 Choir Unison Seperation Chimes (from great)       Pedal: Violone 8' (of the bell gamba type) Counter Bass 8' (leftover lost pipes) (dulces/melodias) The Majestic Moose 8' (odd misplaced cornopeans...the name describes = sound) Swell to Pedal 2 Swell to Pedal 4 Swell to Pedal 8 Great to Pedal 4 Great to Pedal 8 Choir to Pedal 2 Choir to Pedal 4 Choir to Pedal 8 Pedal to Pedal 4 Chimes (from great)   ...I may build a bourdon 16 to go with it, the pedal is lacking.       List II: future expansion plans...     MTS Organ Stoplist (revised 9-10-2000) Projected Expansion     Swell: Central Organ: Stopped Diapason 8' (Metal with wood basses) Gedeckt 8' (to be built) Salicional 8' Mixture III (soft mixture) Swell Flute 4' (Metal) Swell Oboe 8' Antiphonal Organ: Open Diapason 8' (to be built) Philomela 8' (to be built) Flute Celeste II 8' (to be built) Tremulant Chimes (from Great) Swell to Swell 4' Swell to Swell 16' Swell Unison Seperation     Great: Central Organ: Open Diapason 8' (Hymnal) Open Diapason 8' (Facade) Doppelflute 8' Dulciana 8' Unda Maris 8' Octave 4' Harmonic Flute 4' Mixture IV Antiphonal Organ: Pyramidflote 8' (to be built) Festival Trumpet 8' (to be built) Clarion Trumpet 4' (to be built) Tremulant (?) Chimes Swell to Great 4 Swell to Great 8 Swell to Great 16 Great to Great 4 Great to Great 16 Great Unison Seperation Choir to Great 4 Choir to Great 8 Choir to Great 16       Choir: Central Organ: Clarinet 8' Concert Flute 8' Concert Fruit 8' Celeste Fugara 8' Dulciana 8' Gamba 8' Antiphonal Organ: Dolcissimo 8' (to be built) Echo Flute 4' (to be built) Regal 8' (to be built) Tremulant Swell to Choir 4 Swell to Choir 8 Swell to Choir 16 Choir to Choir 4 Choir to Choir 16 Choir Unison Seperation Chimes (from great)         Pedal: Bourdon 16' (to be built) Pyramidon 16' (to be built) Violone 8' Counter Bass 8' (leftover lost pipes) The Majestic Moose 8' Swell to Pedal 2 Swell to Pedal 4 Swell to Pedal 8 Great to Pedal 4 Great to Pedal 8 Choir to Pedal 2 Choir to Pedal 4 Choir to Pedal 8 Pedal to Pedal 4 Chimes (from great)   Maybe more pedal, like a Schalmei or something, not sure yet      
(back) Subject: Re: How is your project going? From: "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 09:35:07 -0400   Many thanks to Craig Elders for his prompting and suggestion that we all write up a little (no)progress report. First, to balance his weather report from Texa, up here in New York State we've had about the coldest = and wettest summer on record. Would that we could send some coolness and moisture to other parts of the country and that they could send us some Summer Weather! Anyway...   My own project has of course hardly moved forward at all. I did = "organize" the barn attic, building pipe tray racks (which are now filled) and = sorting through lots of flotsam and jetsam. It was surprising to see how many = bits and pieces have been accumulating, some of which might actually be useful. I also harvested quite a lot of 601-type valve units from some orphaned windchests, many of which were "wonders of the organ builder's art" (I wonder what the builders were thinking!). The strangest was a top =   board made up of 4 or 5 very old top boards from a slider chest. The builder had glued them together to form a single top board and had very neatly planed and sanded the bottoms into a single smooth surface. He had =   then mount a forest of 601s more crammed together than I've ever seen, so much so in fact that he had to trim some of the valves so they wouldn't overlap. Yuck!   I've been trying to decide just what parts of the organ project to tackle first. Suggestions are: (1) a new ladder down into the organ chamber; (2) =   the swell shade assemblies for the two tone chutes; (3) a chest for the bottom 12 of the 16' Trumpet, to be placed horizontally; (4) re-wiring the =   console's key and stoptab contacts, which were set up for an unusual = wiring method. The main problem (other than a lack of free time) is that there are too many things to do before sounds can be made, and so it is = difficult to decide just where to start.   Most of my time has been spent working on the continued development of the =   Z-tronics combination action, some of which have already been shipped and installed, but for which a few promised features are not quite ready. A facility to dump and restore the combination action memory, using MIDI files on a diskette, has proven to be a real challenge, but it is working at last. I believe that Allen Miller plans to publish the manuals for the =   combination action via his web page "soon".   One thing that has come as a surprise is the difficulty encountered with several types of modern stoptab and stopknob units in which reed switches are used as the contact device. Those units include permanenet magnets that serve to operate the reed switches, and many of the designs don't adequately shield one unit's switch from its neighbors' magnets. As a result, when you energize one unit, the next one might change its contact settings. Some makers provide metal shields or other add-ons to try to avoid these problems. For the builder of a combination action, this can = be a real pain in the neck, since it *looks* like the combination action is misbehaving!   Larry Chace