DIYAPASON-L Digest #410 - Monday, October 15, 2001
 
Re: DIYAPASON-L Digest #409 - 10/14/01
  by <Jess4203@aol.com>
AIO Convention 2001
  by "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: DIYAPASON-L Digest #409 - 10/14/01 From: <Jess4203@aol.com> Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 08:16:25 EDT   Hi David & group:   I certainly enjoyed the descriptions of the convention. David, you = mentioned that it was interesting to see the original Trent without = modification. Could you elaborate on that?   I made a trip of my own to NYC and environs and heard two small residence = installations last week in addition to the Wanamaker Virgil Fox Memorial = Concert. I have about (reluctantly) decided to aim for a direct electric = instrument of my own rather than a tracker. I think a tracker is = possible, but a bit beyond me at present, what with all the cutting and = fitting and (maybe)new tracker lines. I have a question for the group, = though. Assuming that I started with a four rank Wicks type instrument, = what would I need to know in order to add ranks to this instrument most = easily? Would an original Wicks console accomodate this easily = (electrically)or would I do better to start with something else? I assume = the original blower would accomodate a few more ranks if wind pressure is = kept down, but I don't know for sure.   Thanks for your help, Roy Kersey  
(back) Subject: AIO Convention 2001 From: "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 08:27:59 -0400   Several folks have correctly pointed out that I listed the wrong organist in conjunction with the organ demonstration at the Church of the Covenant. Indeed, it was Ken Cowan, to whom I apologize. Later that evening, at Boston University, I got to speak with Ken and thanked him for his presentation. I also asked him about the JAV recording of the Skinner residence organ; in particular, I wondered about the "blooming" of some of the pedal notes. He said that the room had very strong standing waves at some frequencies and, while they monitored the recording through headphones, the effect was not nearly as strong as it turns out when = played through speakers. It seems that the microphone placement just turned out to be at a point where some notes were extra strong!   I've also been reminded that new tonal director of Austin is Bruce Buchanan, whose narration at the Church of the Covenant was quite = humourous.   One of the more clever exhibits was by A.J. & L. Taylor, Ldt, of Lancashire, Great Britain, who had set up a model railroad that was controlled by one of their organ control systems. They also used tracker action to operate the track switches ("points"), and the resulting display caught a lot of people's attention.   The three most audible exhibits were (1) someone's 32' electronic bass = that rumbled from time to time, (2) Von Beckerath's sample reed pipes with hand-lifted bellows, and (3) the set of chimes in our (Z-tronics) booth, operated by a Belgian-made MIDI-based sequencer. (You hook up a MIDI keyboard, play the tunes into storage, and then configure them to play at certain times or intervals.) We used "Taft" (rather than "Westminster") = to ring the quarters, and I suggest that, given we were in Massachusetts, it might better have been called "Salt Water Taft" (in the key of Sea), but I was out-voted.   Finally, I forgot to thank the several venues where tasty snacks were made available to help us recover from the bus trips: Noack Organ Company, Andover Organ Company, and Boston University. (I hope I didn't forget anyone!) In each case, we did our best but failed to consume all that was offered.   Larry Chace