DIYAPASON-L Digest #315 - Saturday, May 5, 2001
 
Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by "Paul Arndt" <parndt@worldnet.att.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by "Steven Durham" <sdurham11@home.com>
PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: New Member
  by "Steven Durham" <sdurham11@home.com>
Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by "John Haskey" <johnh@powerinter.net>
organ update
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: "Paul Arndt" <parndt@worldnet.att.net> Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 22:42:22 -0700   I have found the Wicks Pipe Organ Company to be extremely helpful. Several years ago I acquired a 2/6 Wick Theatre Pipe Organ. Scott Wicks and some = of his staff were very helpful in sending me the original specs of the organ = as it left the factory in October, 1925. This was invaluable help as the = organ was churchified in the 30's and all the stops (traps, toys, etc) that were not wanted for its use as a church instrument were still there but had the engraving sanded off. Thus, I had no idea what the stops the organ originally had. Now thanks to the people at Wicks, I have the original specs, blower information, etc which I really appreciate. Currently, I am trying to sort through the pipework as the previous owner had parts of several organs in the same storage unit. I have sorted through about 1/3 = of the pipework and hope this summer to get through the rest of the pipework = to determine which belong to the Wicks instrument. Then starts the work of cleaning, refinishing, and reassembling the organ. The organ has been in storage since 1968 so I have no idea how it was originally installed. For being in an unheated storage unit in the Pacific NW climate (hot in the summer/cold in the winter) for so many years, it is in remarkably good condition which testifies to the longevity of Wicks products. It will be interesting to check out the DE chest magnets when I can get to the chests which have the 16' Bourdon pipes piled on top. I feel Wicks Organ Company = is an outstanding firm and I would recommend them highly after seeing how a 1925 instrument has withstood the test of time and how helpful they have been   Paul   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> To: "Residence Organ List" <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 8:49 AM     > The Wicks Company has one of the best manufacturing facilities anywhere. > Charles Callahan, well known writer and organist, has done several Wicks > jobs in recent years. > > Wicks will build what you want. If a third party doesn't like it then > blame the person who bought it because it was the buyer's intentions > carried out. > > Blaine Ricketts      
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: "Steven Durham" <sdurham11@home.com> Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 09:15:02 -0700   I agree with Paul Arndt. Wicks Organ Company is a fine organization and have put out some beautiful instruments. They certainly are mainstream = and in their heyday were pumping out instruments like crazy but they've fulfilled a much needed corner of the organ market.   Not everyone could wait or afford to purchase an organ from a small organ builder who only produces one or two organs a year. Their organs = certainly are not the most refined instruments I've heard but they are just fine for most applications.   What I object to is the way in which posts in the past few days have been bashing Wicks for what they perceive as poor workmanship because they tweaked some Aeolian-Skinner. Obviously they wouldn't have done so if it wasn't at the request of the church. Maybe the church thought the Aeolian-Skinner sucked. That's no reason to do Wicks bashing.   Steven Durham sdurham11@home.com   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Arndt" <parndt@worldnet.att.net> To: "Residence Organ List" <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 10:42 PM Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes     > I have found the Wicks Pipe Organ Company to be extremely helpful. = Several > years ago I acquired a 2/6 Wick Theatre Pipe Organ. Scott Wicks and some of > his staff were very helpful in sending me the original specs of the = organ as > it left the factory in October, 1925. This was invaluable help as the organ > was churchified in the 30's and all the stops (traps, toys, etc) that = were > not wanted for its use as a church instrument were still there but had = the > engraving sanded off. Thus, I had no idea what the stops the organ > originally had. Now thanks to the people at Wicks, I have the original > specs, blower information, etc which I really appreciate. Currently, I = am > trying to sort through the pipework as the previous owner had parts of > several organs in the same storage unit. I have sorted through about 1/3 of > the pipework and hope this summer to get through the rest of the = pipework to > determine which belong to the Wicks instrument. Then starts the work of > cleaning, refinishing, and reassembling the organ. The organ has been in > storage since 1968 so I have no idea how it was originally installed. = For > being in an unheated storage unit in the Pacific NW climate (hot in the > summer/cold in the winter) for so many years, it is in remarkably good > condition which testifies to the longevity of Wicks products. It will be > interesting to check out the DE chest magnets when I can get to the = chests > which have the 16' Bourdon pipes piled on top. I feel Wicks Organ = Company is > an outstanding firm and I would recommend them highly after seeing how a > 1925 instrument has withstood the test of time and how helpful they have > been > > Paul > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> > To: "Residence Organ List" <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> > Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 8:49 AM > > > > The Wicks Company has one of the best manufacturing facilities = anywhere. > > Charles Callahan, well known writer and organist, has done several = Wicks > > jobs in recent years. > > > > Wicks will build what you want. If a third party doesn't like it then > > blame the person who bought it because it was the buyer's intentions > > carried out. > > > > Blaine Ricketts > > > > 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: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 20:29:35 -0500   Folks   May i remind you that this list is not for general organ discussions as has been going on about Wicks and A-S. Please confine your topics to the instruments you are working on. This whole discussion about the Wicks rebuild is beyond the scope of this list and we don't know all the various factors involved with whatever decisions were made about the rebuilding of that organ. I don't want to see a flame-war starting over this discussion.   Now, some of you i know are working on your instruments so how about some updates? My own update is that the organ still remains packed although we are getting to the point where the new chamber is being cleaned out but we still have a long way to go! <G>   Your humble list owner   David -- ********************************************************* DIYAPASON-L - a mailing list for the owners/builders of their own home pipe organ  
(back) Subject: Re: New Member From: "Steven Durham" <sdurham11@home.com> Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 18:53:46 -0700   Good Evening:   My name is Steven Durham and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am a new = member to the group and was delighted to find you on the world wide web.   About a month ago I started the process of putting a small 4 rank chamber organ together in my home. I have now purchased most of the items I need. I've been very lucky to find organ hobbyists and builders in my area that set me up with some beautiful parts at extremely reasonable prices.   This will be my second pipe organ. In 1984 I built a 2/7 hybrid (mostly Robert-Morton) theatre organ. I owned it for about six years and had to sell it when the place where it was set up was sold. I've been wanting to build a chamber organ for some time and am excited to start. I've been doing my homework and drawing up the plans. I learned from the mistakes = on my first organ.   I hope to have a webpage up and running soon and will add it to the = members webpages. If anyone has any advice on building a chamber organ, please = let me know. I am open to new ideas and would love to hear from you.   Best Regards,   Steven Durham sdurham11@home.com   ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> To: "Residence Organ List" <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2001 6:29 PM Subject: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes     > Folks > > May i remind you that this list is not for general organ discussions > as has been going on about Wicks and A-S. Please confine your topics > to the instruments you are working on. This whole discussion about > the Wicks rebuild is beyond the scope of this list and we don't know > all the various factors involved with whatever decisions were made > about the rebuilding of that organ. I don't want to see a flame-war > starting over this discussion. > > Now, some of you i know are working on your instruments so how about > some updates? My own update is that the organ still remains packed > although we are getting to the point where the new chamber is being > cleaned out but we still have a long way to go! <G> > > Your humble list owner > > David > -- > ********************************************************* > DIYAPASON-L - a mailing list for the owners/builders > of their own home pipe organ > > 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: Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: "John Haskey" <johnh@powerinter.net> Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 19:01:31 -0700 (PDT)       On Sat, 5 May 2001, David Scribner wrote:   > Now, some of you i know are working on your instruments so how about > some updates? My own update is that the organ still remains packed > although we are getting to the point where the new chamber is being > cleaned out but we still have a long way to go! <G> >   Well I wish I had more to report. Some of you may recall that I'm in the process of adding a room onto the house to house the pipe organ... Going 'by the book' has been a real adventure. I envy those of you who live where building permits are not required... The architect came up with a preliminary design which we submitted to the county. Seeing the name 'music room' on the plan prompted the county worker to caution us about the name of the room. A 'music room' isn't a permitted room and would be counted as a bedroom which would require a study of the septic design to ensure that it would meet the increased demand placed on it by occupants of the additional bedroom. Also the addition of a bedroom requires the payment of additional 'development fees' persumably to provide more funding for local schools, parks, and infrastructure. Upon further study the county person noted that we could possibly juggle the names of the existing rooms to get around the problem... So it looks like the existing family room will become a 'breakfast nook' (a permitted room) and in case anyone ask, the organ and piano are in the new 'family room'. We're now waiting on the structural engineer who is waiting on the roof truss engineer. Once they've completed their tasks the architect assures me that he will only require a week or two to finalize the plans and we can pull a building permit. Who knows how long the county will take to review the plans and what changes they'll require before issuing the permit? I started down this path last fall... about 7 months and counting...   As for the organ it had been split among several locations: my office (ranks of melodia and stopped diapason), the garage (some chests, ranks of oboe, trumpet, and more wood pipes), a shed out back (some ranks of metal pipes) an two 8x10 storage spaces at two different(!!!) storage facilities. After one facility raised it's rates I relocated all the off-site storage to one 10x16 storage place at the cheaper of the two places. Offsite are more chests, more pipes, console parts, blowers, and other assorted odds 'n ends.   I'm working out the design of some direct electric chests for some ranks of pipes that came with toe and rack boards. What I really need is shop space. The garage is much to crowded to effectively work in these days.   Hope the rest of you are doing better...   ---john.   ps. The summer concert at Boomeria featuring Charles Rus has been scheduled for Saturday, August 18, at 4:00 PM. www.boomeria.com (Santa Cruz County, California)    
(back) Subject: organ update From: "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 17:29:37 -0500   HI list: Ok, here goes. I am working on the Estey organ here at home and am waiting for the new 6 rank swell electric chest which is being manufactured by Howell Pipe Organs in Sterling, IL. I have one word of wisdom to those of you that care to listen. "If you think you are going to add on to your project at home, do all of the wiring at once." I rewired 2 Moller manuals 3 years ago and didn't wire the pistons in at that time. Now I get to go in there and wire the pistons. Not too bad a task since I hinged the manuals, but I should have known better in the first place. I have enlarged the organ (again) and will now have a string and celeste on the great also. (move over Virgil, here I come) lol I had indicator lights installed on the stop board too for the usual cres. tutti and wind. The folks at Organ Supply Industries of Erie, Pa have become my new best friends. lol The organ will be fully functional before the summer is out. ( Are all of my friends rolling on the floor now with laughter)? How many times have you heard that one? I have always said, for the last 6 years; "IT will be playing by Christmas!" I wish all of you success on your projects. And don't forget friends, IT will be playing by Christmas. Gary