DIYAPASON-L Digest #310 - Sunday, April 29, 2001
 
Remote controls
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: Remote controls
  by <TheGluePot@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: Remote controls
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: Remote controls
  by "Jane and Dave Whitmore" <JDWhitmore@worldnet.att.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: Remote controls
  by <DEMPAR1@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: Remote controls
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: Remote controls
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Skinner pipes
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: Remote controls From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 10:57:55 -0400   Hello, Things are kind of slow here, so let me pop an amateur question. Have there ever been provisions made in the chambers to allow a tuner to sound each pipe without having an attendant at the console? I would think mechanical action instruments could be damaged by moving tracker mechanism at some point other than at the key, but electric action could provide a push button for each note. It seems this could go a step further with modern electronics by providing an infrared remote control that the person tuning could use to sound any note or combination.   Am I dreaming or what?   Cheers Mike    
(back) Subject: Re: Remote controls From: <TheGluePot@aol.com> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 16:00:58 EDT   << Have there ever been provisions made in the chambers to allow a tuner = to > sound each pipe without having an attendant at the console? > Cheers > Mike >>   "In organ" tuning keyboards are fairly common in large electropneumatic instruments. Usually one keyboard is provided with the stops for that division. I use rubber wedges to hold the keys while tuning. The main problem is tuning from another division that is at a distance where I need = a pitch to start with and the tuning keyboard doesn't have the stop I want.   Now with computer controlled organs a tuning program can be run. The = easiest one to use is one I've seen on the Rickman Systems Relay, the Rolls-Royce = of Relays. You can set the whole thing up and play it in steps with a = handheld button. I don't know if this is a regular feature but it sure was = convenient if no console man could be found.   Best wishes,   Al Sefl  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: Remote controls From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 18:45:25 -0400   Thanks for the response Al, My question about remote control for organ tuners was prompted by an invitation I recieved last week to spend an entire concert behind the = facade, in the chambers of the big Skinner at Severance Hall next month with Ken List = from the Schantz Organ Company, who has been baby-sitting the newly rebuilt = instrument for each concert so far. This is an amazing honor, and an exciting = adventure for me. Ken suggested that I might even hold notes for him at the console = during the instrument's warm up and pre-tune on the day of the concert. Now, I would = happily hold notes for any organ tuner any day of the week, on any organ in the = world, but it got me to thinking about how one tunes such a large instrument with chambers so very remote to the console. My question has been answered, and = I appreciate your wisdom. I do, however, feel a bit cheated that I did not = get one of your famous postscripts. Your latest one about being bowed out is so = classic as to be poetry. I, for one, appreciate your poetry very much. With great respect for your wisdom and wit Mike        
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: Remote controls From: "Jane and Dave Whitmore" <JDWhitmore@worldnet.att.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 21:18:44 -0400   At 06:45 PM 4/29/01 -0400, you wrote: >Thanks for the response Al, > My question about remote control for organ tuners was prompted by an >invitation I recieved last week to spend an entire concert behind the >facade, in >the chambers of the big Skinner at Severance Hall next month with Ken = List >from >the Schantz Organ Company, who has been baby-sitting the newly rebuilt >instrument >for each concert so far.     Be sure to wear some hearing protection....and have fun! I've done that same thing in TOs and there's nothing like it.   Dave in Vermont    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: Remote controls From: <DEMPAR1@aol.com> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 22:17:51 EDT   We never tune from the console. It is too hard to communicate between = chambers that are a hundred feet away. Try having your console man lay on = the floor under the chest and push each primary valve stem. Works just as = well and if you need to go back on a note, you don't need 2-way radios to = communicate.  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: Remote controls From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 21:24:22 -0500   In tuning, my helper and I sometimes use plug-in-the-wall intercoms -one = in the chamber, one on the console- from Radio Shack. Works nicely.   Rick    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: Remote controls From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 22:32:42 -0400   Are the valves always that accessible? What about an Austin Universal = Windchest?   DEMPAR1@aol.com wrote:   > We never tune from the console. It is too hard to communicate between = chambers that are a hundred feet away. Try having your console man lay on = the floor under the chest and push each primary valve stem. Works just as = well and if you need to go back on a note, you don't need 2-way radios to = communicate. > > 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    
(back) Subject: Skinner pipes From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 23:05:00 -0400   Hi again, I've decided to take advantage of the lull in traffic to let you in on some of the things that are going on my my organic life.   I have just won the bidding on an eBay auction for a set of five reed pipes, 3 Skinner, and 2 Aeolean. The Skinners include, reed clarinet, oboe, and tromba. The Aeoleans are free reed clarinet and cornopean. I had bought 7 pipes on eBay before to study, but the Skinner and Aeolen names really attracted me to these. The reeds are more interesting too because of their complexity. I look at it this way, you can never have too many organ pipes laying around. :-) Cheers Mike