DIYAPASON-L Digest #728 - Friday, January 17, 2003
Pipe mouth direction
  by "Robert W. Taylor" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Pipe mouth direction
  by "Larry Chace" <>
Re:  Pipe mouth direction
  by "Tim Bovard" <>

(back) Subject: Pipe mouth direction From: "Robert W. Taylor" <> Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 20:09:11 -0600   When my organ was dismantled, I did not get involved in removing the = pipes. Now I notice that the rack board holes have a small notch. Does the notch indicate the anything? Is it perhaps the direction that the pipe mouth should point? This is an Aeolian organ.     Thanks,   Bob Taylor      
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Pipe mouth direction From: "Larry Chace" <> Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 22:33:11 -0500   Bob Taylor asked about the notches in the rackboard holes of his Aeolian organ. I looked at a few photos (in Rollin Smith's "The Reynolda House Aeolian Organ") that showed an Aeolian Great windchest. There are no notches to be seen, though the pipe mouths are quite evident. (However, that is an earlier instrument than Bob's.)   A simple test would be to choose a rank that is racked in two rows (zig-zap), and that would probably be just about *any* rank! The mouths would typically point "out", away from the centerline of the rackboard. = Is that where the notches are? Do the notches look original?   (It is possible that some pipes need to be facing in "unusual" directions in order to fit on the chest and not interfere with each other. Maybe the notches are for that sort of thing, usually found with the larger wooden pipes on the chest.)   Stoppers of wooden pipes are often marked with a notch to show which side is the front ("just in case" the pipe isn't exactly rectangular!).   I've seen a few photo's of Bob's restoration efforts on this instrument, and it appears to be first-class workmanship. Bravo! He is even replicating the yellow (ochre?) color that Aeolian used on its woodwork, but I'd guess he is not including the insecticide that they are reported = to have used as part of that paint!   Larry Chace        
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe mouth direction From: "Tim Bovard" <> Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 21:52:09 -0500   Hi, Bob (and Larry!)   Another possibility -- if the pipes fit their holes in the rackboard tightly, perhaps the notches are for the solder seams on the *back* of = each pipe. I second Larry's suggestion to simply try putting some pipes back = in their holes, and see how they "want to" fit. Common sense will probably dictate how they are supposed to face.   Good luck!   Tim (an Aeolian Organ fan, BTW)