DIYAPASON-L Digest #296 - Monday, April 9, 2001
 
Organ installation
  by <JFick@aol.com>
Parts available
  by <JFick@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Organ installation
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Organ installation
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Organ installation
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Organ installation
  by "wurlic1" <wurlic1@lara.on.ca>
 

(back) Subject: Organ installation From: <JFick@aol.com> Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 09:46:03 EDT   I thought the folks on the list might like to see the results of an organ = building project at our church...   It's a 9 rank, 2 manual electo-pneumatic organ with electrified Hook & = Hastings slider chests at its core along with more recent Organ Supply = Industries chest and rank upgrades. (Incidentally, I have nothing but = praise for Organ Supply Industries in Erie, PA, = http://www.organsupply.com. These fine folks are consistently helpful and = provide quick service.)   I found this organ on the Church Organ Trader web site. After a year of = research regarding 1)general suitability as an organ, 2)suitability and = acceptance into our Baptist worship style, and 3)whether or not it would = actually fit in our sanctuary, we asked the congregation for advice. Many = really didn't have an idea what a pipe organ could provide beyond what we = already had: a Yamaha Clavinova with its single organ sound. But trusting = as they are they gave general approval and we flew two fellows from = Vermont to Colorado who loaded it into a rental truck and drove it back in = three days.   The numerous pieces were unloaded into my shop last fall where they were = stored until we began work just after the first of January. You'll find = photos of the process at http://www.ChristMemorialChurch.org/organ.html. = Besides the two fellows who drove the organ across the country, some 35 = other people were involved one way or another during the last 13 weeks, = putting in 933 man-hours of effort. The crew consisted of car mechanics, = surgeons, silicon chip designers, bankers, wife and daughters, = construction people, cleaners, line workers, electricians, and anything = else I might have forgotten, all with willing hands. We tuned it last = Friday and Saturday and had it ready for use yesterday, April 8th. It was = immediately pressed into service for a choir practice for Easter. (They = had been practicing for several weeks already in anticipation of the = organ.)   Thankfully, we have two or three organists ready and willing. I'm not one = of them. I did attempt yesterday to play a hymn that I play well but had = difficulty hearing anything over the din of conversation during a break in = the service, and got flustered and played very poorly...some first = impression! Which brings up one of the issues of our installation. We = have the pipes in a balcony at the rear of the sanctuary and the console = sits at the front of the sanctuary 80 feet distant. The console is = located on the border of the sanctuary and an overflow area. Although = physically in the sanctuary proper, the sound is attenuated to the extent = that hearing yourself play over congregational talk (and I'm guessing, = singing) will be difficult. Thus, I'm going to quickly have to provide = some sort of sound augmentation for the organist, probably a single mic = and low-wattage amplifier in the balcony area and a small speaker at the = console. Propagation delay (1/10 second or so) doesn'! t seem to be a factor. Live and learn, and get humbled.   The organ consists of an independent 27-note pedal Bourdon, 97-note Spitz = Principle, 73-note Octave, 61-note Cromorne, 61-note Stopped Diapason, = 61-note Salicional, 61-note Open Diapason, 61-note Melodia, and 61-note = Dulciana mapped out to numerous stops and couplers, plus chimes. Although = heavily unified it has a few key independent stops such as Great Octave = and Pedal Bourdon. It has a sweet sound and a bit of chiff on the Stopped = Diapson. For a completely exposed organ it seems to have a sufficient = range of volume from Dulciana to Open Diapason. We elected to not to = enclose the Swell division at first until we see if we have sufficient = volume. The pipes are placed so as to allow the addition of a swell = chamber at a later time. We have swell shades and swell motor, and the = wiring is already in place.   Anyway, it's been an encouraging project with absolutely no "attitude = problems" or control difficulties on the part of the crew, who throughout = kept one thing in mind: to keep their eyes on the goal. And, in our = church, the ultimate goal is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners in need of a Savior. Organs and every other means of = accompaniment (we have piano, guitars, tambourines, brass, and drums...not = all at once!) are merely there to facilitate our worship and message. The = church is only nine years old with no musical traditions to maintain. The = organ, a pipe organ in particular, was installed to be "the anchor store = at the one end of the music mall." Drums are at the other end. We are = not wed to any one type of music but are committed to honoring eclectic = musical interests and, secondarily, to further music education in the = process.   Thinking back to that day last fall when a few thousand pounds of parts = were unloaded off the truck by seven men, I remember being intimidated and = thinking, "You know what you got yourself into, but WHY did you ever do = it???" John Vanderlee's emailed response was, "when you hear it play, you = will know why." He was right.   Humbly,   Jon Fick Westford, Vermont (where this project ends just in time to start cleaning = up winter's effects on the yard, and think about organ lessons.)      
(back) Subject: Parts available From: <JFick@aol.com> Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 09:48:03 EDT   Hi,   I may have a number of leftover parts from our church organ installation = and my own collection if you are interested. These are located in = northwestern Vermont near Lake Champlain.   TWO reservoirs with curtain valves, internal springs, generally low = pressure on the order of 2"-4", approximately 4'x8' in size.   ONE 32-note 16' stopped Bourdon, wide scale, generally low pressure, with = chests (painted an ugly orange by a builder in the Denver area.)   FIVE percussion bellows.   ONE 8' (mitred) Oboe that is in need of some soldering, no chest.   ONE (73-note?) 8' stopped Bourdon in nice shape, no chest.   Jon Fick Westford, Vermont 802-879-6424    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Organ installation From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 10:16:19 -0400     >Thinking back to that day last fall when a few thousand pounds of parts >were unloaded off the truck by seven men, I remember being intimidated = and >thinking, "You know what you got yourself into, but WHY did you ever do >it???" John Vanderlee's emailed response was, "when you hear it play, = you >will know why." He was right. > >Humbly, > >Jon Fick >Westford, Vermont (where this project ends just in time to start cleaning >up winter's effects on the yard, and think about organ lessons.)   John,   I am truly touched, and humbled by your gratitude.   On more practical side, it always feels that the product is greater than the sum of its parts when you consider work on a pipe organ. Maybe that is because anything requiring such a large concentration of manual labor = can't help but reflect the spirit of the people doing it.   Planting seeds is such a simple deed, but the wealth of a blooming garden bears no resemblance to the simplicity of the labor.   I'm sure you know all the biblical references involved here.   CONGRATULATIONS!!   John V      
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Organ installation From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 16:37:52 -0500   <....a few thousand pounds of parts were unloaded...> snip     When we brought my 2m 9r Wurli up from central Florida in a 24-foot Ryder, it took six guys to unload it into a 3-car garage. Piece-by-piece = it went into the second floor chamber and the 3-horse 10-inch Spencer we slid down the basement stairs. Today, there is beautiful music wafting thru the ranch-style house out = in the Indiana cornfields. The cows love it.   Rick    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Organ installation From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 16:41:14 -0500   Jon-   Congrats on a good installation well-done!   Rick    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Organ installation From: "wurlic1" <wurlic1@lara.on.ca> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 23:19:27 -0400   How did you get all that in one 24 foot van. It took us a 40 semi with professional movers.   wurlic1     ----- Original Message ----- From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> To: "Residence Organ List" <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, April 09, 2001 5:37 PM Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Organ installation     > <....a few thousand pounds of parts were unloaded...> snip > > > When we brought my 2m 9r Wurli up from central Florida in a 24-foot > Ryder, it took six guys to unload it into a 3-car garage. Piece-by-piece it > went into the second floor chamber and the 3-horse 10-inch Spencer we = slid > down the basement stairs. > Today, there is beautiful music wafting thru the ranch-style house = out in > the Indiana cornfields. The cows love it. > > Rick > > > DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own > Residence Pipe Organs. > HOMEPAGE : http://www.diyapason.pipechat.org > List: mailto:DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:owner-DIYAPASON@pipechat.org > >