DIYAPASON-L Digest #643 - Wednesday, September 11, 2002
 
New Member - Saga of obtaining my organ
  by <Kzimmer0817@aol.com>
Keith's Austin Opus 1440
  by <Kzimmer0817@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: New Member - Saga of obtaining my organ From: <Kzimmer0817@aol.com> Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 12:35:40 EDT     --part1_13.1160b61e.2ab0cadc_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Dear List,   I apologize up front for the length of this message. I won't make this a habit. I posted this on Pipechat and was asked by a respondant to post = this to Diyapason-L as well. I realize that there is a good bit of membership overlap among the few pipe organ lists, so I will try to learn which one would be best to post to.   I was on diyapason for a brief time about 4 years ago. I = unsubscribed from the pipe organ groups so that I wouldn't keep torturing myself trying = to get a pipe organ. I guess the desire to have a pipe organ had become an = idol to me. I sealed up my box of pipe organ paraphernalia - including some excelent and educational advice from Rich Schneider, Chris Feiereisen, = Bruce Cornely, Ken List, Larry Chance, and a few others - to be reopened some = day when my children were grown and I could begin my hobby.   I was tempted again last year when I discovered the www.keyboardtrader.com website. A few months ago there was a 10 rank = Austin Opus 1440 for sale in Gainesville, Florida. Knowing ol' Bruce lived = there, I asked him to go check it out. He encouraged me to pursue it. The = unanswered question was "how" to go about it.   I was attending a Pediatric Conference in Kiawah (next to = Charleston, SC). Our route would take us thru Columbia, SC where a beautiful 4 rank Wicks was for sale. Surprisingly, my wife suggested that we stop to see = it on our way. Unfortunately, it sold a week before our trip. I very sheepishly asked if we could leave Kiawah right after my last meeting and travel the 6 hours to Gainesville to see the Austin (would cost us $40 for =   hotel room instead of the $150 we would spend for the add'l night in = Kiawah). She agreed.   While in Charleston, I spent a very informative and interesting afternoon with Allan Ontko of Ontko and Young Pipe Organs. As it turns = out, he will be installing a new organ in a West Georgia Church which happens = to be attended by a friend of mine. His traveling route will take him within =   about 2 miles of my house. I've asked if he would allow me to come along when he installs it and provide some free labor in return for the advice = he's given me in my decision to purchase this organ.   I had never met Bruce Cornely, tho' we had built an good "e-friendship" thru our frequent online communications about organs. In return for some fine dining, he arranged an informative tour of some of Gainesville's organs. I got to play three trackers for the first time in = my life. I even came to appreciate the versatility of a single manual/pedal tracker with divided keyboard!   The Austin had been installed along two walls of the owner's garage =   since 1972. Since the owner's death a few years ago, the organ had been unplayed. Mud daubers had taken up residence in many of the pipes. The organ had numerous dead note and a few ciphers. My wife fell in love with =   the beautiful oak console.   Due to the amount of work I estimated that needed to be done, I = made an offer of 40% of the asking price, which was not immediately accepted. = A few weeks later, I received an e-mail accepting my offer.   Last Thursday afternoon, my Dad and I set out in a 24' U-Haul aimed =   for Gainesville to pick up a pipe organ. I had built 11 pipe crates and purchased labels and baggies in which to put labelled bolts and other = parts. Just after entering Florida (around 11 p.m.) my wife phones me to tell me that our 13 year old son broke his ankle playing football, but was OK.   After running a few errands in Gainesville Friday morning, we = finally started packing up pipes around 9:45. I had hoped to test each note and = put a different colored sticker by the toehole depending upon whether the ciphered or didn't work at all. After testing one rank with my dad having =   difficulty figuring out every other key (it was a diatonic !\/! - shaped pipe layout) I decided "to heck with it". We just packed up the pipes. I = hadn't even tho't about eats and drinks. We were dripping with sweat. The = seller gave us some ice and water. I was also trying to label each hose and = cable. Again, it got too complicated, so I just cut them. Eight ranks of the = organ are straight with only two ranks being unified, so I figured the rewiring will be pretty straightforward.   By around 4:30, we were hot, hungry, thirsty, soaking wet, = absolutely filthy, and fatigued. The 3 rank pitman chest, 3 unit chests, and pipes = were loaded. We had no other transportation, since we didn't want to move the truck. I sheepishly phoned Bruce and bribed him with dinner if he would = come pick us up, take us to our motel, and drive us to dinner - which he did.   In return for breakfast (hope I'm not making Bruce sound bad) he helped us Saturday morning. All that remained were the console, a movable =   platform, the 5 rank pitman chest, and the huge blower. We managed to get = it all loaded by about 10:15 a.m. and were on our way.   I managed to get a few friends from church to come over this = evening to help unload it all into the basement. Needless to say, I'm a little overwhelmed, wondering if I've bitten off more than I can chew. I'm = excited, though. For those of you who remember my postings, you can probably appreciate how excited I am to actually have a pipe organ after coveting = one for 35 years!?! I'm a little worn out as well. I didn't sleep well for 2 =   nights in anticipation of the trip. I didn't sleep well for the two = nights down there. Fortunately, I wasn't swamped at the office these past two = days.   I will certainly be posing some questions. I will try to be good = and search the archives before I ask the obvious. I was particularly = surprised by the thread about wiring up the blower; I tho't I'd just run a 220v = line from my main panel to the basement and hook it up. O well.   I'm posting a second message with the information specific to the organ.   Thanks for sharing my excitement.   Keith Zimmerman, M.D. Commerce, Georgia   --part1_13.1160b61e.2ab0cadc_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">Dear List,<BR> <BR> I apologize up front for the length of this message.&nbsp; I won't make = this a habit.&nbsp; I posted this on Pipechat and was asked by a = respondant to post this to Diyapason-L as well.&nbsp; I realize that there = is a good bit of membership overlap among the few pipe organ lists, so I = will try to learn which one would be best to post to.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I was on diyapason for a brief time = about 4 years ago.&nbsp; I unsubscribed from the pipe organ groups so that = I wouldn't keep torturing myself trying to get a pipe organ.&nbsp; I guess = the desire to have a pipe organ had become an idol to me.&nbsp; I sealed = up my box of pipe organ paraphernalia - including some excelent and = educational advice from Rich Schneider, Chris Feiereisen, Bruce Cornely, = Ken List, Larry Chance, and a few others - to be reopened some day when my = children were grown and I could begin my hobby.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I was tempted again last year when I = discovered the www.keyboardtrader.com website.&nbsp; A few months ago = there was a 10 rank Austin Opus 1440 for sale in Gainesville, = Florida.&nbsp; Knowing ol' Bruce lived there, I asked him to go check it = out.&nbsp; He encouraged me to pursue it.&nbsp; The unanswered question = was "how" to go about it.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I was attending a Pediatric = Conference in Kiawah (next to Charleston, SC).&nbsp; Our route would take = us thru Columbia, SC where a beautiful 4 rank Wicks was for sale.&nbsp; = Surprisingly, my wife suggested that we stop to see it on our way.&nbsp; = Unfortunately, it sold a week before our trip.&nbsp; I very sheepishly asked if we could leave Kiawah right after my last meeting and = travel the 6 hours to Gainesville to see the Austin (would cost us $40 for = hotel room instead of the $150 we would spend for the add'l night in = Kiawah).&nbsp; She agreed.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While in Charleston, I spent a very = informative and interesting afternoon with Allan Ontko of Ontko and Young = Pipe Organs.&nbsp; As it turns out, he will be installing a new organ in a = West Georgia Church which happens to be attended by a friend of = mine.&nbsp; His traveling route will take him within about 2 miles of my = house.&nbsp; I've asked if he would allow me to come along when he = installs it and provide some free labor in return for the advice he's = given me in my decision to purchase this organ.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I had never met Bruce Cornely, tho' = we had built an good "e-friendship" thru our frequent online = communications about organs.&nbsp; In return for some fine dining, he = arranged an informative tour of some of Gainesville's organs.&nbsp; I got = to play three trackers for the first time in my life.&nbsp; I even came to = appreciate the versatility of a single manual/pedal tracker with divided = keyboard!<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Austin had been installed along = two walls of the owner's garage since 1972.&nbsp; Since the owner's death = a few years ago, the organ had been unplayed.&nbsp; Mud daubers had taken = up residence in many of the pipes.&nbsp; The organ had numerous dead note = and a few ciphers.&nbsp; My wife fell in love with the beautiful oak = console.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Due to the amount of work I estimated = that needed to be done, I made an offer of 40% of the asking price, which = was not immediately accepted.&nbsp; A few weeks later, I received an = e-mail accepting my offer.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last Thursday afternoon, my Dad and I = set out in a 24' U-Haul aimed for Gainesville to pick up a pipe = organ.&nbsp; I had built 11 pipe crates and purchased labels and baggies = in which to put labelled bolts and other parts.&nbsp; Just after entering = Florida (around 11 p.m.) my wife phones me to tell me that our 13 year old = son broke his ankle playing football, but was OK.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After running a few errands in = Gainesville Friday morning, we finally started packing up pipes around = 9:45.&nbsp; I had hoped to test each note and put a different colored = sticker by the toehole depending upon whether the ciphered or didn't work = at all.&nbsp; After testing one rank with my dad having difficulty = figuring out every other key (it was a diatonic !\/! - shaped pipe layout) = I decided "to heck with it".&nbsp; We just packed up the pipes.&nbsp; I = hadn't even tho't about eats and drinks.&nbsp; We were dripping with = sweat.&nbsp; The seller gave us some ice and water.&nbsp; I was also = trying to label each hose and cable. Again, it got too complicated, so I = just cut them.&nbsp; Eight ranks of the organ are straight with only two = ranks being unified, so I figured the rewiring will be pretty = straightforward.&nbsp; <BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By around 4:30, we were hot, hungry, = thirsty, soaking wet, absolutely filthy, and fatigued.&nbsp; The 3 rank = pitman chest, 3 unit chests, and pipes were loaded.&nbsp; We had no other = transportation, since we didn't want to move the truck.&nbsp; I sheepishly = phoned Bruce and bribed him with dinner if he would come pick us up, take = us to our motel, and drive us to dinner - which he did.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In return for breakfast (hope I'm not = making Bruce sound bad) he helped us Saturday morning.&nbsp; All that = remained were the console, a movable platform, the 5 rank pitman chest, = and the huge blower.&nbsp; We managed to get it all loaded by about 10:15 = a.m. and were on our way.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I managed to get a few friends from = church to come over this evening to help unload it all into the basement.&nbsp; Needless to say, I'm a little overwhelmed, wondering if = I've bitten off more than I can chew.&nbsp; I'm excited, though.&nbsp; For = those of you who remember my postings, you can probably appreciate how = excited I am to actually have a pipe organ after coveting one for 35 = years!?!&nbsp; I'm a little worn out as well.&nbsp; I didn't sleep well = for 2 nights in anticipation of the trip.&nbsp; I didn't sleep well for = the two nights down there.&nbsp; Fortunately, I wasn't swamped at the = office these past two days.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I will certainly be posing some = questions.&nbsp; I will try to be good and search the archives before I = ask the obvious.&nbsp; I was particularly surprised by the thread about = wiring up the blower;&nbsp; I tho't I'd just run a 220v line from my main = panel to the basement and hook it up.&nbsp; O well.<BR> <BR> I'm posting a second message with the information specific to the = organ.<BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing my excitement.<BR> <BR> Keith Zimmerman, M.D.<BR> Commerce, Georgia<BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_13.1160b61e.2ab0cadc_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Keith's Austin Opus 1440 From: <Kzimmer0817@aol.com> Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 12:36:56 EDT     --part1_18.252bb726.2ab0cb28_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   List,   Hopefully this will be shorter.   The organ is Austin's Opus 1440 originally installed in The Church of the Holy Comfortor in Sumter, SC in 1926. Kimberly Austin was kind enough to send me a copy of the original contract. The organ was installed on their = 73 note Universal Windchest. The scalings are what's penciled in on the contract. The pressure is 5"   Great: 8' Open diapason (40 scale) 8' Melodia (usual scale) 8' Viola (55 scale) 8' Dulciana (55 scale) 4' Harmonic flute (#3)   Swell: *8' Melodia (from great) *8' Viola (from great) *8' Dulciana (from great) 8' Stopped flute 8' Oboe (usual scale) 8' Aeoline (61 scale) 4' Harmonic flute (from great) Tremolo   Pedal 16' Bourdon (12 pipes) 8' Gedeckt (borrowed)   Some time in the '60s, the church traded the 8' open diapason for an 8' Geigen Diapason and a 4' Octave (labelled "double diap").   In 1972, the organ was offered for sale and purchased by Dr. Franklin Doty =   (Dean emeritus, University in Gainesville). With the organ, I received a thick file with all his correspondance with Austin, Durst, and Klann.   He did not remove the universal chest, but he did take the original = blower, pipes, and console. He had two 61 note Durst pitman chests built - a 3 = rank for Swell and a 5 rank for Great - plus a Klann unit chest for the Stopped =   Flute (in order to unify it to play a several pitches) and a Klann 12 note =   chest for the pedal Bourdon. He installed these chests along two walls of =   his two car garage, leaving space for his vehicle in the center. The = console was on another wall.   A few years later he acquired a Vox Humana from a church in Augusta, = Georgia (a Vox-in-a-box). From his file, I glean that he priced out a 37 note Mixture III for the great, but, along with a new chest, was too costly. = He decided to order another unit chest and moved the 4' Octave from the great =   chest to the unit chest, purchased a top octave of pipes and unified the = rank to play at several pitches including the derived mixture. As best I can tell, he ordered an additional regulator in order to reduce the wind = pressure for the Vox Humana and Stopped Flute to 3".   Presently, the disposition of the organ is:   Great: 8' Geigen diapason 8' Melodia 8' Dulciana 4' Harmonic Flute Empty space on chest 4' Octave - on unit chest and unified to several pitches   Swell: 8' Aeoline 4' Viol (originally was 8'. Upon others' advice, he moved it to the 4' = pitch when the chest was built). 8' Oboe 8' Stopped flute - on unit chest and unified to several pitches   Pedal 32' Resultant 16' Bourdon 8' Gedeckt 4' Gedeckt.   Dr. Doty passed away a few years ago. A young neighbor who cared for him during his last years received the house (along with the organ) upon Dr. Doty's death. The organ had not been played for several years. Many = notes would not play. Mud daubers had set up housekeeping in many of the open pipes. I vacuumed loads of mouse poop out of the console before loading = it onto the truck. In fact, as I opened up the truck upon arrival home, = there was the faint odor of urine in the truck. As I vacuumed the tops of the chests before loading, sweat would drip down and form mud.   I will be installing it in a corner of the storage area of my basement. I =   have a 10 foot ceiling with an additional 10" of height between floor = joists. When I get my strength back, I will start working on the chests and = cleaning the pipes. I will have the oboe professionally cleaned.   I feel like a 6 year old who's just been given a large Erector Set - but who's really only on a Tinker Toys level. I hope y'all will be patient = with me. As I said in my previous posting, several people were very helpful a = few years ago when I was on pipechat. I see that a few professionals like = Rich Schneider are still active in providing advice and encouragement to the amateurs.   Sincerely, Keith Zimmerman   --part1_18.252bb726.2ab0cb28_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">List,<BR> <BR> Hopefully this will be shorter.<BR> <BR> The organ is Austin's Opus 1440 originally installed in The Church of the = Holy Comfortor in Sumter, SC in 1926.&nbsp; Kimberly Austin was kind = enough to send me a copy of the original contract.&nbsp; The organ was = installed on their 73 note Universal Windchest.&nbsp; The scalings are = what's penciled in on the contract.&nbsp; The pressure is 5"<BR> <BR> Great:<BR> 8' Open diapason (40 scale)<BR> 8' Melodia (usual scale)<BR> 8' Viola&nbsp; (55 scale)<BR> 8' Dulciana (55 scale)<BR> 4' Harmonic flute (#3)<BR> <BR> Swell:<BR> *8' Melodia&nbsp; (from great)<BR> *8' Viola&nbsp; (from great)<BR> *8' Dulciana&nbsp; (from great)<BR> 8' Stopped flute <BR> 8' Oboe (usual scale)<BR> 8' Aeoline (61 scale)<BR> 4' Harmonic flute (from great)<BR> Tremolo<BR> <BR> Pedal<BR> 16' Bourdon (12 pipes)<BR> 8' Gedeckt (borrowed)<BR> <BR> Some time in the '60s, the church traded the 8' open diapason for an 8' = Geigen Diapason and a 4' Octave (labelled "double diap").<BR> <BR> In 1972, the organ was offered for sale and purchased by Dr. Franklin Doty = (Dean emeritus, University in Gainesville).&nbsp; With the organ, I = received a thick file with all his correspondance with Austin, Durst, and = Klann.<BR> <BR> He did not remove the universal chest, but he did take the original = blower, pipes, and console.&nbsp; He had two 61 note Durst pitman chests = built - a 3 rank for Swell and a 5 rank for Great - plus a Klann unit = chest for the Stopped Flute (in order to unify it to play a several = pitches) and a Klann 12 note chest for the pedal Bourdon.&nbsp; He = installed these chests along two walls of his two car garage, leaving = space for his vehicle in the center.&nbsp; The console was on another = wall.<BR> <BR> A few years later he acquired a Vox Humana from a church in Augusta, = Georgia (a Vox-in-a-box).&nbsp; From his file, I glean that he priced out = a 37 note Mixture III for the great, but, along with a new chest, was too = costly.&nbsp; He decided to order another unit chest and moved the 4' = Octave from the great chest to the unit chest, purchased a top octave of = pipes and unified the rank to play at several pitches including the = derived mixture.&nbsp; As best I can tell, he ordered an additional = regulator in order to reduce the wind pressure for the Vox Humana and = Stopped Flute to 3".<BR> <BR> Presently, the disposition of the organ is:<BR> <BR> Great:<BR> 8' Geigen diapason<BR> 8' Melodia<BR> 8' Dulciana<BR> 4' Harmonic Flute<BR> Empty space on chest<BR> 4' Octave - on unit chest and unified to several pitches<BR> <BR> Swell:<BR> 8' Aeoline<BR> 4' Viol (originally was 8'. Upon others' advice, he moved it to the 4' = pitch when the chest was built).<BR> 8' Oboe<BR> 8' Stopped flute - on unit chest and unified to several pitches<BR> <BR> Pedal<BR> 32' Resultant<BR> 16' Bourdon<BR> 8' Gedeckt<BR> 4' Gedeckt.<BR> <BR> Dr. Doty passed away a few years ago.&nbsp; A young neighbor who cared for = him during his last years received the house (along with the organ) upon = Dr. Doty's death.&nbsp; The organ had not been played for several = years.&nbsp; Many notes would not play.&nbsp; Mud daubers had set up = housekeeping in many of the open pipes.&nbsp; I vacuumed loads of mouse = poop out of the console before loading it onto the truck.&nbsp; In fact, = as I opened up the truck upon arrival home, there was the faint odor of = urine in the truck.&nbsp; As I vacuumed the tops of the chests before = loading, sweat would drip down and form mud.<BR> <BR> I will be installing it in a corner of the storage area of my = basement.&nbsp; I have a 10 foot ceiling with an additional 10" of height = between floor joists.&nbsp; When I get my strength back, I will start = working on the chests and cleaning the pipes.&nbsp; I will have the oboe = professionally cleaned.<BR> <BR> I feel like a 6 year old who's just been given a large Erector Set - but = who's really only on a Tinker Toys level.&nbsp; I hope y'all will be = patient with me.&nbsp; As I said in my previous posting, several people = were very helpful a few years ago when I was on pipechat.&nbsp; I see that = a few professionals like Rich Schneider are still active in providing = advice and encouragement to the amateurs.<BR> <BR> Sincerely,<BR> Keith Zimmerman<BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_18.252bb726.2ab0cb28_boundary--