DIYAPASON-L Digest #247 - Sunday, January 28, 2001
RE: [Residence Organs]  URLs
  by "Geert Jan Pottjewijd" <>
Making reeds
  by "homer valenzona" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Making reeds
  by "VEAGUE" <>
  by "Caroline Kehne" <>
reed tongues
  by "Caroline Kehne" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]
  by "Hugh Knapton" <>
Broken Pipe
  by "mike" <>
Building a practise organ
  by "Christiaan Dekter" <>

(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] URLs From: "Geert Jan Pottjewijd" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 11:31:53 +0100   Gemeinschaft Mit Beschr=E4nkter Haftung   Kind regards, Freundlichen Gr=FCssen, Hartelijke groeten=20 Geert Jan Pottjewijd=20 De Woert 12=20 9411LZ Beilen=20 Nederland/Netherlands=20 Webmaster of het Orgel (KNOV): Homepage English: Organs Drenthe and organs of Arp Schnitger: Webpagina Nederlands: Orgels in Drenthe en orgels van Arp Schnitger: E-Mail: Telefoon/telephone: 0031-593-524922=20       -----Original Message----- From: VEAGUE [] Sent: zaterdag 27 januari 2001 3:44 To: Residence Organ List Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] URLs=20     On all German manufacturing companies, what is the GMBH mean? I've seen = this often and could never figure it out.   Thanks, Rick     DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own=20 Residence Pipe Organs. HOMEPAGE : List: Administration:  
(back) Subject: Making reeds From: "homer valenzona" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 11:35:56   Dear List, Yesterday I was able to catch 3 of seven free recitals capped by a concert =   for organ and trombone at Christ Church Cathedral(Montreal) to celebrate = the 20th Anniv. of their Karl Wilhelm organ (Germanic tracker)with an organ = tour by the builder himself. During one of the intermissions I asked the = builder about the possibility of using the (pre-used)reed tongues from classical reed pipes for the wooden baroque rankett and musette. Instead of = answerring my question he invited me to his shop(once I've made the boots and the resonators) so he could help me make the brass tongues. I think that's = very gracious esp. of a bigtime builder like Wilhelm. I'll give an update when I'm done. Actually, most of the builders around had been very helpful and accomodating. And most of them make everything from tracker rods to metal pipes themselves (and buy some parts from other supply houses). Meanwhile, =   I'm heading back to the cathedral at 10 this morning for a Vierne's mass followed by a concert for four organs(four positifs) and hopefully shoot = my rossignol question for a treat. Happy "organ"izing everyone.   Homer (from organ haven)   _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Making reeds From: "VEAGUE" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 08:13:18 -0500   Homer and listers-   It is a good thing that builders take the time and interest with organ buffs in their projects. I've been helped by builders, and in turn I have also helped others with their questions. That's what makes the organ-world go 'round.   Rick    
(back) Subject: rossignols From: "Caroline Kehne" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 09:04:56 -0500   Homer asked a question about the nightingale stops at the Grand Seminaire organ which are named 'Romeo and Juliette'. Although it sounds like a bit of organ-builder's exuberance in stop nomenclature, there are indeed two rossignols on the organ, with 'Romeo' being (you guessed it) of a lower pitch than 'Juliette'. Haven't heard them yet. Wonder if both stops together makes the church sound like an aviary....     Robert Pelletier  
(back) Subject: reed tongues From: "Caroline Kehne" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 09:04:58 -0500   In reply to Mike Gettleman's question on curves on reed tongues; as far as I know, tongues for pipe organ 'beating' reeds have a single curve along the length, often achieved by running a burnishing rod along the tongue on the shaping block. Harmonium (pressure instruments) free reeds have little or no curve, while American organ (aka 'pump' organ) reeds (vacuum instruments) have a short, cup-shaped curve at the tip of the tongue (makes the reed look a bit like a spoon). In addition, the tips have a sideways twist. These voicing tricks were meant to tame the flood of dissonant harmonics from the free reeds (responsible for the characteristic accordion or harmonica sound on some reed organs) and to make them sound more 'pipe-like'. Unfortunately, it also makes the reeds slower in speech, so it's a compromise. I suspect that weird pipe organ free reeds like the 'physharmonica' (sp?) would have harmonium-type reeds. Does anyone know what the tongues on free-reed clarinets and such look like?     thanks Robert Pelletier  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] From: "Hugh Knapton" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 09:55:13 -0500   Hi List   I found this site a while back.   Thought some of you might find it inspiring... I did.   Hugh  
(back) Subject: Broken Pipe From: "mike" <> Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 22:10:13 -0500   Mike Gettelman wrote:   I recently received some pipes to study through an Ebay auction, and one of them, a long slender reed, got broken in shipment. The resonator snapped off right where it meets the boot. The pipe looks to be lead/zinc. Since is strictly a study pipe, I want to reattach the resonator in a way that will prevent future breakage. Should I solder some sort of outer collar to support the joint? I'm open to any ideas you may have.   Thanks Mike    
(back) Subject: Building a practise organ From: "Christiaan Dekter" <> Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 16:04:41 +1100   I am considering a long term project building a small practise organ of 7 ranks for myself. I also interested in any guidance you can give in the construction of chests and bellows. How are extension stops usually done = on a tracker instrument?   I have been experimenting with a tonal scheme for this instrument, using = one pipe I constructed out of pine, and voicing it in different manners to create two distincts sounds. Here is what I have come up with:   Great: Stopped Diapason 8' Wood Principal 4' (a name I invented myself for a unstopped wood pipe) Flute 4' (a complete rank, or an extension of the 8') Quint 2 2/3 (wood principal at 12th interval, possibly an extension of the 4' rank) Piccolo 2' (wood principal at 2' pitch, with some metal pipes for the top two octaves)   Pedal (one rank extended): Bourdon 16' Bass Flute 8'   Great to pedal coupler (I hope, this one might be a bit hard to do).   In digital simulation on my computer, this scheme gave much possibility = for variety as well as having a strong chorus. Additionally, it contains very few metal pipes, so I can easily construct most of the pipework myself.   An alternative I have considered instead of constructing complete ranks = for each stop is to build the instrument with only 3 ranks in total, 1 on the pedal and 2 on the great, and using the extension method to obtain the = stop configuration I described. Would this be an acceptable alternative, especially since it is an instrument for a very small room?   Thanks,   Christiaan