DIYAPASON-L Digest #838 - Sunday, June 29, 2003
 
Re: Unscheduled performance
  by "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Unscheduled performance From: "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 10:14:17 -0400   Bob Taylor recently (well, a couple of weeks ago!) wrote:   >It was a terrible waste of time, I guess, since it was so unmusical, but = we >both agreed it was great fun. So, months ahead of a planned initial >playing, we enjoyed (?) an unscheduled performance   It sounds like it wasn't a waste of time at all! ;-)   While some folks build/install an instrument without having had any "autition" of it (or parts of it) in the room, I'd venture a guess that most of us aren't really able to do that with good success; it's just too difficult to tell how things will sound when they're finished. = (Listmember Craig Elders did exactly that, however, resisting the temptation to "try = it out" until the entire instrument was complete, something I could never do. Best of all, he succeeded!)   Congratulations, Bob, on the "zero-ith" peformance!   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