DIYAPASON-L Digest #772 - Sunday, March 16, 2003
Re: Adding electric key/stop contacts to trackers
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <>

(back) Subject: Re: Adding electric key/stop contacts to trackers From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <> Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 13:00:54 -0600   It's good to know it is feasible, but for me it's a moot point now. I was aware of a beautiful renovated 12-rank tracker that was about to be sold = for $1500--and I was not going to let that one slip away, even though I need = it like I need another hole in the head. But the bidding finally got close = to $4,000--still a real bargain, but too rich for me blood.   It never ceases to amaze me that fine craftsmanship (craftspersonship?) = and beautiful sound can be literally dumped because there is no market for it.   I still say that any church that really wants a pipe organ can afford one--because you can get 'em for free!   Dennis Steckley   This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat = of the laborers, the genius of the scientists, and the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.--Dwight Eisenhower ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Schneider" <> To: "Residence Organ List" <> Cc: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2003 10:32 PM Subject: Adding electric key/stop contacts to trackers     > "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" wrote: > > > Anybody had any experience adding a set of key and pedal contacts to a > > tracker organ? It sounds like, off hand, it would be a great way to = add > > a few ranks on an electromechanical chest without messing with all the > > elegant tracker mechanism? > > I've done it to the instrument we built in the Farmer City UMC in Farmer > City, IL, but the first thing one will notice is that there is a > perceptible difference in attack speeds between the Tracker and > Electro-(whatever) action! In our case: we did it to extend a TC 16' > Bourdon in the Swell to the bottom by wiring the Pedal 16' "Soft Grunt" > to do double duty. We also used it for all of the facades which > previously had miles of offset tubing. We figured EP action couldn't be > much slower than the original tubing runs and we were right, although > the solution is STILL far from ideal (if there really IS such a thing on > large-scaled, offset pipes in a mixed-action instrument!) > > In addition to the Note Actions, remember you'll also have to add > Micro-Switches or some other form of stop action to make the additional > stops play. > > Dennis: this instrument is close enough that you can come up and try it > out and experience how it is to do this for yourself before having to > commit to it. > > Faithfully, > > G.A. > -- > Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO > SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. > Pipe Organ Builders > 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 > Kenney, IL 61749-0137 > (217) 944-2454 VOX > (217) 944-2527 FAX > SHOP EMAIL > SHOP SATELLITE EMAIL > HOME OFFICE EMAIL > WEB PAGE URL >