DIYAPASON-L Digest #316 - Sunday, May 6, 2001
 
Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by <DEMPAR1@aol.com>
our pipes project
  by "Dave Milton" <dmilton@igs.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  our pipes project
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Marshall Stone Organs
  by "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Marshall Stone Organs
  by "Jimmy" <jrbaird@erols.com>
Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs]  Skinner Pipes
  by <Pipewheezr@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Marshall Stone Organs
  by "cs" <cshannon@epix.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Marshall Stone Organs
  by "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: <DEMPAR1@aol.com> Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 08:19:07 EDT   >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<   I can feel your pain brother! My 2- 7 Wurlitzer has been sitting, fully = restored and ready to assemble, for the last two years in a storage = facility. The reason? You guessed it....the county building officials. In = my case, I purchased 2 acres of land on the outskirts of the city where I = figured I could settle down with my organ and spend the rest of my life. I = bought a nice looking prefab metal building that was to be my "garage = studio" and applied for a permit to start building. Thirty days into = construction with an approved building permit, an obscure drainage = commissioner surfaced. Seems he owned the land next to mine and planned on = developing it into a subdivision some day. He needed my land as a "buffer" = to keep his subdivision looking "rural and park-like" so he proceeded to = object to the county president to have my project shut down since he was = not given a chance to object to the issuance of a permit. I consulted a = lawyer who told me I would be looking at no less than ! $10K in legal fees, and ten year s litigation to fight it since this guy had all the county legal staff at = his disposal.   I finally ended up donating the land to a charitable organization at a = $20K personal loss. When the charitable organization (Habitat for = Humanity) vowed to fight for the right to build on the land, He then = approached them and told them they could not build either but that he = would buy the land from them with county money out of his commission's = operating budget. They sold out, took the cash and that was the end of the = story.   Well, fools never learn! Next week, I am going to act of sale on another = piece of land in a different area. This time I have a clause built into = the purchase agreement where the seller pays liquidated damages and gives = me my money back if I can't build on the land after purchase. Hopefully, I = will get to hear this organ play somewhere in this lifetime.  
(back) Subject: our pipes project From: "Dave Milton" <dmilton@igs.net> Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 08:34:56 -0400   As a new member to the group, I've found the posts & discussions / comments on a variety of topics interesting & helpful.   My particular quest is to build a pipe-organ that will live in the living-room { great-room} of a new custom design house that we are building in Ottawa, Canada. The organ project has been a dream for the last 30 years or so. Near the end of my university days in early '70s I had built a Schober Recital for a friend of mine and had started planning then. Now have the time, interest and capabiliities to bring this project to fruition { I hope!}. The music room { living room } will be approx 18' x 24' with relatively high ceilings ( 12' or better }. There is a large open side to the room that connecto to a wide halway, dining room and my office so the acoustic space is relatively larger. It is also expected that the ceiling will not be perfectly flat but have some angled treatment for visual { & acoustic } appeal. We are still working on those concepts.   So far, we've collected parts from two pipe organs: 3 ranks / winchests / blower + misc parts from a theater organ addition to a Conn that had been in a residence in Sask. { playing up 'till end of 2000 } and a 6 rank {?} organ that at one time had been in a church in Woodstock, New Brunswick. The Sask addition had come from Newport Organ in 1979 and includes a Vox rank from Moller, Viola from Hall and Tibia from Artcraft. Anothr recent addition { yesterday } is a metal harp { Chrysoglott }.   The Woodstock organ has been in storage since approx 1971 and is in relatively good condition except for a few oboe pipes that had been stored in a washtub and got knocked around a bit. They are salvageable but will need some TLC to recover. Probably a few others in same condition but nothing that seems to have been squashed flat. I'm just starting to catalog, clean and organize the collection. Portions of this instrument date back to 1893, appearing to have been built by H.A. Peters in St John, New Brunswick around that time. The organ was modified & updated in 1947 and again in 1964, the last being a conversion to direct electric { Reisner valves }. Expect to be able to use most of the pipes / windchests and blower. Relay rack will be kept but probably not used. Need to re-finish the main Diapason rank { was part of working facade rank } in some interesting manner as existing paint / stencil in poor condition.   The resulting organ will feature a traditional console eventually { derived from Woodstock console } but interim work will be done via MIDI. To augment the real pipes, We've acquired an Ahlborn Archive unit and have it set up working with my computer and other 2 synthesizers { Yamaha Clavinova & PSR-280}. Plan to drive pipe ranks from jw-electronics 32 and 64 output modules. Will have Midi manuals and pedalboard as part of main console.   Plan to get portions of the the system running this summer/fall with existing wind chests. Eager to hear what system will sound like so can augment / change as necessary. House construction to begin late this year so any last minute additions to music system can be worked in. We have already made some changes to accomodate expansion of the pipes to include a pipe room in basement under living room so that some of the ranks will speak up thru an open floor grating { and the open stairwell }. Plan to build new windchests for the ranks that will be located in the living room proper.   When I'm not busy with the pipes / windchests I'll put some progress photos on my webpage & post a link. In the meantime, I'm having a lot of fun with this.   Cheers, Dave & Margo    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] our pipes project From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 08:06:08 -0500   My 2m 9r Wurlitzer is installed in second-floor chambers and speaks out = into the Great Room below -nice blending. Ceiling height is about 20-feet. The pasture cows like the music! The MIDI is fun for (monitored) visitors to enter the organ while it's playing.   Rick (rural central Indiana)    
(back) Subject: Marshall Stone Organs From: "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com> Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 07:02:48 -0700   Does anybody remember when Marshall Stone (I think the name is correct) of Arlington, VA, offered a kit tracker organ? This would have been about 1972-73. As I recall there were versions varying from one to five or six ranks. The simplest one looked similar to the very small instrument Bedient sells today. I had Stone's brochure, and even knocked on the door of his house when I was passing through Arlington, but no one answered (may have been a Sunday morning).   Just curious if any of those kits were ever built.   Mac Hayes Rosamond, CA  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Marshall Stone Organs From: "Jimmy" <jrbaird@erols.com> Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 10:52:18 -0400   Mac Hayes wrote: > > Does anybody remember when Marshall Stone (I think the name is correct) > of Arlington, VA, offered a kit tracker organ?   Yup, sure do remember. He had a 4 rank on display for awhile at a church in Arlington, Va., which I saw and played once. I think that Marshall inported his pipes from France at that time. One of our local chapter members, I believe, bought and built one of his kits.   Jimmy Baird  
(back) Subject: Re: PLEASE READ!!!! Re: [Residence Organs] Skinner Pipes From: <Pipewheezr@aol.com> Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 13:51:29 EDT     --part1_c1.e165f05.2826e921_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   We called it a family room, no extra permits. Dennis   --part1_c1.e165f05.2826e921_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>We called it a family = room, no extra permits. <BR>Dennis</FONT></HTML>   --part1_c1.e165f05.2826e921_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Marshall Stone Organs From: "cs" <cshannon@epix.net> Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 19:27:16 -0400   From: "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com> > Does anybody remember when Marshall Stone offered >a kit tracker organ? ____________________ Marshal Stone organ..... Oh my, yes!! I had a 4 rank (single manual/no pedal--but "pedal ready"). = I loved it. It was a portative, with a wonderful Regal right in the front, = a piccolo, a chimney flute and a melodia (recycled pipes for this rank). I can't remember for sure, but I think the chimney flute was also a recycled rank.   I bought it used, sold it a few years later for $2800 (less than the cost of the Regal!!!), and I understand it has since been sold again.   ......Loved that instrument!!! And such a simple tracker = mechanism--filament fishing line connecting the rear of keys to the pallets. Aluminum = (tracker) squares in place for the addition of a pedalboard. A jewelry clasp-type = hook on the end of the fishing line, and an "eye" on the tail of the keys. = Very easy to disassemble and re-assemble. All this with a slider-type windchest---I thought it was great. The = "touch" took some getting used to (shall we say"very quick and easy response" a-hem), but hey.....we can adapt, eh??   Carl        
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Marshall Stone Organs From: "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com> Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 19:03:27 -0700   cs wrote: > ____________________ > Marshal Stone organ.....   > ... The "touch" took some getting used to (shall we say "very quick > and easy response" a-hem), but hey.....we can adapt, eh??   The touch on a Kenneth Jones tracker I tried in Alaska had an extremely sensitive touch also. Is that a feature of suspended action trackers? Other trackers seem to have a normal to heavy action. The Jones was a brand new installation, with Jones himself there for the dedication, so it was the way he liked it.   The slider windchest I worked on, by Moller, was extremely simple mechanically; the pulldown components equivalent in my opinion to monofilament line in the Stone instrument, although the jewelry clasp might be a bit flimsy.   Mac Hayes