DIYAPASON-L Digest #428 - Sunday, November 4, 2001
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Diapasons and voicing
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(back) Subject: (no subject) From: <> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 18:16:41 EST   To everyone in general and no one in particular: Since my wife and I = have decided to downscale and move to something less demanding than an old, old =   house, I will need to dispose of my organ (among other things) It is seven =   ranks, but the console was designed for 8, low pressure pipes and blower = but the console is a very nice Wurlitzer theatre style 190. Also have several extra new chests, extra blower and misc stuff. Would be nice if the buyer took all. Anyone interested can contact me privately for pictures and all = the specs. It will be a steal (my opinion). My replacement project, since I can't bare to be completely pipeless, will be a 2 manual w/pedal w/digitized voices augmented with one rank of flutes. The flute rank, already built, is completely self contained with blower, regulator, stop switches and power supply with a foot print of 18" = X 60" (and on wheels no less). The console will have a modified roll player (stripped of pneumatics) for my Kimball Soloist rolls which will be read optically by IR detectors which are really cheap and work really well. The =   output will be downloaded to my computer, converted to MIDI format, saved = to a floppy and played back on a sequencer at which time I will not need to rolls. An alternate method would be to save to EPROMS (two hours worth = per) but it would cost more. The roll conversion to serial can be built for = about $15.00. That is about all you need to know you say? Well, finally, the = real pipes will be played from the MIDI keyboards with a neat PC board I found = in England that is called a "MIDI to Parallel Converter." The organ is in central Ohio but we are moving to Tennessee from = whence we came many years ago. You too can go home again.   John Adams  
(back) Subject: Diapasons and voicing From: "The Schneider Family" <> Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 21:32:18 -0600   Jimmy wrote: > Usually older 8' diapasons are a bit louder than the rest of the > organ, and unless you get a new one voiced properly, or you can > find a really good used diapason, they might not 'blend' that > well in a small house organ. I wonder if an open wood flute, > or chimney flute at 8" would be a better match for the other > ranks...   One thing which I think is most important for would-be (and current!) Residence Organ enthusiasts to do is to try to allow funding to have their completed residence organ voiced by a professional organbuilder who is not only a skilled voicer, but one who is also skilled at the art of re-voicing existing ranks of pipework.   Whether or not anyone cares to admit it or not, the simple truth of the matter is that pipework, whether or not it is new or re-cycled, is merely raw material (if you will: organ pipe-shaped objects!) and it is the voicer's skill that turns it into something you want to stay up all hours of the night to listen to.   A good voicer should be able to work with anything in good physical condition, provided that the scales of the pipes are reasonable. Obviously, a huge 38 scale Diapason is going to blow you into the back yard from your living room, but even more moderate-scaled stops can be too loud.   It also helps to try to find that person PRIOR to commencing the project, so that they can guide and direct you in terms of wading through various choices of stops that may appear on the horizon while the project is developing. They can, and should be able to help you analyze various "candidates" for your residence organ that may become available. That person should also help you develop a "road map" in the form of a Stoplist to guide you as to what you're looking for.   But, be prepared to pay something for these services! Qualified Organbuilders are busy people whose time is expensive, but will, for the most part, try as much as possible to be accommodating to your needs. In fact, they can often be the resource to suitable materials for your project at reasonable prices.   I hope this helps!   Faithfully,   Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. Pipe Organ Builders 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (217) 944-2527 FAX HOME EMAIL SHOP EMAIL WEB PAGE URL  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] (no subject) From: <> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 22:49:40 EST   John:   Is the organ itself theatre specs?   Where are you moving in TN?   Tom