DIYAPASON-L Digest #759 - Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Hillgreen-Lane on Ebay
  by "David Scribner" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Hillgreen-Lane on Ebay
  by "Nemesio Valle, III" <>
Organ Thursday
  by "danielwh" <>

(back) Subject: Hillgreen-Lane on Ebay From: "David Scribner" <> Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 10:09:27 -0600   Folks   A link was sent to me for a 1917 H-L organ for sale in Carnegie, PA - right out side of Pittsburgh. You can find it on Ebay by searching for tem # 2511755509 The server won't allow me to put an Ebay link directly since it thinks it is some sort of attachment.   David  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Hillgreen-Lane on Ebay From: "Nemesio Valle, III" <> Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 11:50:58 -0500   Dear List, I have both played the organ and walked the chambers back in June of 2002 and I find the description of the instrument to be somewhat disingenuous. Although the organ largely works (a dead note here and there, as I recall), the leather is old and going to need replacing by whomever would buy it. That having been said, working Hillgreen-Lane chests have excellent longevity, in my experience.   Despite the description, the organ is a rather typical Hillgreen-Lane, not unlike several others in the area I have played (as I recall, there is another, smaller Hillgreen-Lane not half a block from this church, in the Presbyterian Church they did NOT close). It is about 18-23 ranks. The sounds are good and the pipework is in good, but not excellent condition (a bent pipe here and there, stoppers in "ok" condition). There are, as I recall, a few additions and changes to the original specification, I think in the swell, but I cannot remember what they are (adding a 2 2/3 in lieu of a Vox comes to mind, but I wouldn't swear to it [I believe you can see it on the right in Organ Pipes 4 picture). It is not overly fat like many organs from the period, but leans towards the general sounds of the 20s more so than those of the turn of the century (which in my opinion are preferable). I seem to recall that the additions do not tonally blend with the instrument, nor are they particularly well voiced. The organ is a usable service instrument, but the sounds are not conducive to any particular repertoire (although they don't exclude much either).   The fact that it is the "biggest organ in Carnegie" does not mean much (I have no way of knowing whether this is true or not); Carnegie is a rather small place; many other local towns of similar size have organs comparable to this one.   There is nothing truly remarkable, negative or positive, about the instrument. There is no major damage anywhere, but it hasn't been properly maintained beyond tuning for many years. It certainly isn't worth 300,000 or even 30,000 right now given all of the work needed to make this a reasonable instrument for any installation.   I note the owner wants everything removed. Beware! The chests are located in rather inconvenient chambers that will make removal difficult (sharp, tight corners). The pipework is the most valuable part of this organ, anyway. The console, as I recall, had been electrocuted in some fashion, but does not use any computer technology and will likely need to be updated or at least repaired to ensure usability.   Do not contact me about the instrument. This is all I can recall about it and I have no stake in its sale, nor am I bidding on it. I submit this as a more substantive description than the pitch on the Ebay site. I admit that my recollection of the instrument is a bit hazy (a testament to the non-remarkable nature of the organ); everything I have said is simply as I recall it and may not be entirely accurate. I encourage anyone planning on making a bid to go see the instrument (and how it would be removed!!). I am, Sincerely yours, Nemesio Valle, III         >Folks > >A link was sent to me for a 1917 H-L organ for sale in Carnegie, PA >- right out side of Pittsburgh. You can find it on Ebay by >searching for tem # 2511755509 The server won't allow me to put >an Ebay link directly since it thinks it is some sort of attachment. > >David > >DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own >Residence Pipe Organs. >HOMEPAGE : >List: >Administration:     -- Nemesio Valle, III M.A., Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh M.M., Sacred Music, Duquesne University   Address: 5802 Callowhill Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Phone: 412-365-0340   Email:   The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. Glenn Gould   I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from = him. Galileo Galilei   I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges   Specialization is for insects. Lazarus Long   Competitions are for horses, not artists. Bela Bartok   Understanding is both the first principle and the source of good sound = writing. Horace  
(back) Subject: Organ Thursday From: "danielwh" <> Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:47:45 -0400   Tomororw on CBC Radio 2 at 12:45 Eastern time, not Atlantic If you can get CBC RADIO TWO - you might hear part of Joan Lippincott's Concert tomorrow around 12:45 pm. (on Take Five Organ Thursday) The Organ will be the New Letourneau at St. Georges Anglican(ROUND = )Church in Halifax it can be heard via Real Audio link on the cbc site   it will have this organ the next 3 thursdays   Daniel     --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system ( Version: 6.0.449 / Virus Database: 251 - Release Date: 1/27/2003