DIYAPASON-L Digest #916 - Thursday, November 6, 2003
 
Re: [Residence Organs]  Schober Demo Album
  by "John Ferguson" <tibia@ozemail.com.au>
 

(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Schober Demo Album From: "John Ferguson" <tibia@ozemail.com.au> Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 22:36:21 -0800   I did a lot of concert work for our own Schober Club out here at the = time and while there were many variations on a theme, there were some = very innovative ideas abounding at that time. Many of the Schober's = sounded as good as or better than most of the electronics which were = around at the time. One guy who built the Theatre model put his = speakers in swell chambers and operated the expression with shutters. = Others were rolling their own Leslies and they sounded good too. = Another guy made two sets of pipe speaker cabinets which were = essentially a cluster of 3" PVC downspout, tuned to the octave below = middle C, placed over a 15" speaker and they WORKED! You could feel = the bass just like pipes. Yet another friend built his own 4-manual classical job with drawstops. = It was a copy of the Grand Organ in our Melbourne Town Hall, that chap = is now a pipe organ builder.   Those days were like a "stepping stone" in time and it was great to have = been a part of it.   John _________________________________________________________________________= ___________________________________ John Ferguson Castlemaine, Victoria Australia Email: tibia@ozemail.com.au   ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Bob Loesch=20 To: DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 7:08 PM Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Schober Demo Album     For what it's worth, I did have a Schober Theatre organ, and I loved=20 it! It was, however, a home installation, and I was using it as a=20 professional practice organ, and I wore it out, literally! It was a = well=20 made instrument, and a well designed one as well. It was NOT made for = 8-10=20 hours a day, every day, which is what I gave it for its first 4 or 5 = years. In my own not-at-all-humble opinion, the demo records sounded like = SCHLOCK,=20 where the instrument in person, with its added speakers and separate=20 amplification, sounded beautiful. At that time (1968), the Rodgers = organ=20 company made the top electronic theatre organ, the 36E, and for its = size, I=20 would have matched the Rodgers with my Schober any day. Ah, those were the days... ";-)