DIYAPASON-L Digest #879 - Saturday, September 13, 2003
 
Quimby Organ
  by "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@socket.net>
RE: Quimby Organ / 32' diaphone
  by "Frank Vanaman" <fvanaman@speakeasy.org>
 

(back) Subject: Quimby Organ From: "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@socket.net> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 09:02:57 -0500   Yesterday, I spent the afternoon touring the facilities of Quimby Pipe Organs.(Warrensburg, Missouri) They had finished repairing two pipes for me. I was there to pick them up. The repair work was beautiful.   In the wood working shop, I got a lesson on reservoir gusset replacement. = I was shown templates, given instruction on proper template making, skiving leather, glue techniques, and many other details.   In the pipe shop, I viewed restoration of a 16' fagotto that including returning the pipes to original specifications. Previously those pipes = had been severely changed, including cutting the tuning scrolls down several inches into the zinc. The Quimby shop was replacing the zinc and installing new spotted metal for totally new tuning scrolls.   The treasures and sights were too numerous for my comprehension. I saw an E. M. Skinner harp in the final stages of regulation, part of the 32' diaphone from the famous Chicago Stadium, the console for a 5m/100r instrument complete with new electronics.   In another building were stored the 100 ranks (that go with the console) waiting for voicing, huge blowers, and massive 32' pipes being fitted with new beards.   I was invited to a concert, the details follow.....   The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the AGO is presenting Thomas Murray, Organist at Yale University, on the William Jewell College, Quimby Pipe Organ, Opus 55, on September 15th at 8:00 p.m. (Liberty, Missouri is the location of William Jewell)   In general, Quimby prides itself on their relationship to Aeolian-Skinner. They have employees who worked at A-S, and they have all the pipe scales for reeds that were being made during those wonderful years.   Anyone in the Kansas City area on Monday should make an effort the attend the AGO function show casing Quimby Opus. 55, which is receiving very high praise.   Bob Taylor      
(back) Subject: RE: Quimby Organ / 32' diaphone From: "Frank Vanaman" <fvanaman@speakeasy.org> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 10:23:39 -0400   Hi all!   >From: Robert W. Taylor >Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 10:03 AM > > I saw an > E. M. Skinner harp in the final stages of regulation, part of the 32' > diaphone from the famous Chicago Stadium, the console for a 5m/100r > instrument complete with new electronics. >   Er, ah, it had a 32' diaphone? I know there are errors in Junchen's books (the Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ), but his analysis doesn't include a real 32' in the Barton. He couldn't have missed *that*, could = he? I was under the impression, also from Junchen, that the only Barton 32' diaphone was built for the 3/17 in the Wisconsin Theatre, Milwaukee (which also apparently had Barton's only set of tuned sleigh bells).   Anyone?   Frank Vanaman in damp Baltimore