DIYAPASON-L Digest #685 - Saturday, November 16, 2002
RE: [Residence Organs]  Spencer Blowers
  by "John Vanderlee" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  toeboards
  by "Richard Schneider" <>

(back) Subject: RE: [Residence Organs] Spencer Blowers From: "John Vanderlee" <> Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 12:12:47 -0800   >Hi Richard, what size blower is "Richard" looking for? and where is he located?   We have some   John  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] toeboards From: "Richard Schneider" <> Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 15:01:13 -0600   > Harold Chase wrote: > I am starting to build a direct electric chest for my first rank of > pipes, and I would like to know the techniques to ensure a good seal > of the pipe toes into the toeholes. Is leather, or felt, etc used > in the holes for a good snug fit?   D: None of the Above!   On the best work, the Toe-holes are burned black with a hot iron or in some cases, a stone fastened into a Drill Press (we prefer the former method ourselves!) and the very pressure from the weight of the pipes themselves is sufficient to ensure a good seal between the toe holes and the Pipe Feet.   This presumes, of course, that the Rackboard holes are large enough to permit the pipes to drop into place properly!   There are isolated instances where some kind of gasket or seal is required, such as when 16' wooden pipes are placed horizontally in a stack, rather than standing vertically upon a Windchest. In that case, gate control valves are placed on the Windchest, a flange attached to the outlet of the valve and then another flange is placed on the foot of the pipe with a small piece of P-A-P Flex Tubing in-between.   There are other situations which require specialized treatment, but they can be dealt-with on an as-required basis.   > Also, what should I be aware of regarding the valve seating?   Drill clean holes, and use Talcum Powder on the valve faces when you install them!   > I saw a part of a direct > electric chest on EBAY where the magnets were each mounted on a small > box which is then mounted onto the toeboard. Is this done to > increase the length of the toehole for a better seal?   This form of construction is generally referred to as an "expansion Chamber" and its sole purpose is to aid and abet pipe speech. Studies have demonstrated that by placing some distance between the valve of "Electro-Mechanical" (the phrase "Direct Electric" is a proprietary term Registered in the U.S. Patent Office for the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, IL, BTW!) actions and the pipe foot, the speech of that pipe is materially improved.   Do LOTS of layout work on Paper before you start construction. If you have access to CADD and know how to use it, so much the better! It's less heartbreaking to wad-up and throw away a piece of paper than to scrap out a piece of mis-drilled Poplar, and the "Tree Huggers" will thank you also!   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 SHOP EMAIL SHOP SATELLITE EMAIL HOME OFFICE EMAIL WEB PAGE URL