DIYAPASON-L Digest #840 - Tuesday, July 1, 2003
 
Re: Unscheduled Performance
  by "Tim Rickman" <tim@uniflex.com>
Wurlitzer #2051
  by "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com>
Organ Building Syllabus
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Unscheduled Performance From: "Tim Rickman" <tim@uniflex.com> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 00:50:53 -0700   --pqdQIrLXEJcXksYzARuQwklzrgh Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit     Subject: Re: Unscheduled performance From: "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 10:14:17 -0400   Oh, Larry didn't seem to mention that the owner of this home installation installed a "UniFlex" Organ Control System as the organ relay. ........I'm sure Larry just forgot to mention it.   On June 29, 2003 Larry Chace wrote:   I recently made a quick trip to eastern Massachusetts to pick up an organ relay that the owners want re-wired. During that trip, I got to visit a home installation, Wurlitzer opus #2051, a 3/10 (now 3/12), formerly installed at the Wurlitzer factory for use in broadcasting and making player rolls. As now installed, the blower, regulators, and tremulants = are in a half-high crawl space under the main floor chamber. This instrument has a spectacular carved walnut console and has been expanded by the addition of two ranks; it has also been re-specified.   16' Tuba (bottom octave added) 10" pressure 16' Diapason (1-12: small metal Diaphone) 8" 8' Tibia Clausa 10" 8' Oboe Horn 10" 8' Clarinet (very small scale) 8" 8' Salicional 8" 8' Voix Celeste 8" 8' Dulciana (quite stringy) 8" 16' Concert Flute (Bourdon bass) 8" 8' Vox Humana 6"   8' Trumpet (Welte) 10.5" 8' Kinura (not yet installed)   The organ hasn't been regulated and the pipes were only rough-tuned. A single set of swell shades, about 6' wide and 5' high, provided = expression, but (for my taste), the volume went from MF to FFFF! Still, it was quite = a fine ensemble.   Larry Chace                   --pqdQIrLXEJcXksYzARuQwklzrgh Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <html><body bgcolor=3D"white"> <br> Subject: Re: Unscheduled performance<br> From: "Larry Chace" &lt;<a = href=3D"mailto:RLC1@etnainstruments.com">RLC1@etnainstruments.com</a>&gt;<b= r> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 10:14:17 -0400<br> <br> Oh, Larry didn't seem to mention that the owner of this home = installation<br> installed a "UniFlex" Organ Control System as the organ relay. <br> ........I'm sure Larry just forgot to mention it.<br> <br> <br> On June 29, 2003 Larry Chace wrote:<br> <br> I recently made a quick trip to eastern Massachusetts to pick up an = organ<br> relay that the owners want re-wired. During that trip, I got to visit = a<br> home installation, Wurlitzer opus #2051, a 3/10 (now 3/12), formerly<br> installed at the Wurlitzer factory for use in broadcasting and making<br> player rolls. As now installed, the blower, regulators, and tremulants = are<br> in a half-high crawl space under the main floor chamber. This = instrument<br> has a spectacular carved walnut console and has been expanded by the<br> addition of two ranks; it has also been re-specified.<br> <br> 16' Tuba (bottom octave added) 10" pressure<br> 16' Diapason (1-12: small metal Diaphone) 8"<br> 8' Tibia Clausa 10"<br> 8' Oboe Horn 10"<br> 8' Clarinet (very small scale) 8"<br> 8' Salicional 8"<br> 8' Voix Celeste 8"<br> 8' Dulciana (quite stringy) 8"<br> 16' Concert Flute (Bourdon bass) 8"<br> 8' Vox Humana 6"<br> <br> 8' Trumpet (Welte) 10.5"<br> 8' Kinura (not yet installed)<br> <br> The organ hasn't been regulated and the pipes were only rough-tuned. = A<br> single set of swell shades, about 6' wide and 5' high, provided = expression,<br> but (for my taste), the volume went from MF to FFFF! Still, it was quite = a<br> fine ensemble.<br> <br> Larry Chace<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> </body></html>   --pqdQIrLXEJcXksYzARuQwklzrgh--    
(back) Subject: Wurlitzer #2051 From: "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 08:42:55 -0400   Tim Rickman mentioned that the 3/12 Wurlitzer I visited recently has been fitted with a Uniflex organ control system. I've been going through the digital photos I took of the stoprails, in an attempt to document the (current *and* original) specifications; the thought was to write up a = more detailed description (including the control system! ;-).   One of the most interesting events during the visit was the playing of the organ by Lyn Larsen, who, though not physically present, was there in the form of some performances that had been recorded via the Uniflex's = built-in performance record/playback feature. As I understand it, and I might be confused, some of these pieces were original Jesse Crawford compositions, perhaps even originally played on this very instrument when it was installed at the Wurlitzer factory. Tim may have had to do some re-arranging of the registrations, since the current specification is = quite expanded compared to the original. At any rate, the performances were = very fine, indeed! (Tim, can you tell us more about these recordings?)   On the same trip, I also visited Don Phipp's "Marine, Machine, and Pipe Organ Works" in New Bedford. There, in the context of a machine shop, Don has assembled a very impressive instrument, starting with a 2/8 "Style F" Wurlitzer and now measuring 4/32. It, too, has a Uniflex organ control system, and Don used it to good advantage to play back a performance of "Victory At Sea" by David Peckham. "Impressive" is far too weak a word to describe David's marvelous arrangement and the instrument's impact on our little audience of three folks. While this isn't technically a = "residence" organ, it is nevertheless an instrument in private ownership in a private facility, so it is close!   Larry Chace            
(back) Subject: Organ Building Syllabus From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 20:50:49 -0500   There has just been posted to the AIO web site their "Organ Building Syllabus" used for preparation for the AIO Exams. I thought I would mention it on this list since some of you might enjoy looking at the various parts of it for reference. It can be found on the "Certification" page of the AIO Web site at: http://www.pipeorgan.org   David