DIYAPASON-L Digest #886 - Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Introduction -- taking the plunge!
  by "Fredrick Brabson \(home\)" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Introduction -- taking the plunge!
  by "wcjharrisville" <>
Taking the Plunge
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(back) Subject: Introduction -- taking the plunge! From: "Fredrick Brabson \(home\)" <> Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:46:08 -0400   Hello List:   I'm a newcomer and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.   I'm Freddie Brabson, and I reside in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm a musician all the way back, with lots of different influences. Regarding organs, I have a deep appreciation (nay, passion---yea, even obsession!) for both classical and theatre organ, and have experience playing professionally in both these areas of the organ field. I have discovered in the last = several years that I also have an engineering bent, and so have arrived at this possibility of acquiring/building a pipe organ for my residence.   My intent is to take this project VERY slowly. I'm envisioning what I = would call a "studio" organ, somewhat in the theatre organ sense of the word. Certainly, theatre organ design is the biggest influence in this project, but I also want to incorporate tonal resources that will round out the = more traditional side of the instrument so that reasonable practice/performance of some basic classical organ literature would be possible as well. I = would expect that the final instrument would be basically a theatre organ of approximately ten judiciously chosen ranks, with a few additional ranks to round out a principal chorus. I'm very interested in some of the work = done by English organ builder John Compton utiliaing unit design for organs of "classical" specification, and would like to incorporate some of these = ideas in my own instrument.   Having said all this, I realize that theatre instruments can be really tricky, especially with regard to space and winding requirements, and I realize that this could be an enormous undertaking. I also know that an instrument built to fill a two thouseand seat theatre is not going to = sound right in my house, so I really am thinking in terms of residence/studio. But I want something theatrical, for sure.   I have also stopped avoiding that nagging sense that I'm most enjoying myself when I'm crawling around in an organ chamber, figuring out "how = this guy did it," and just getting a sense of how it all works. I've a lot to learn in that regard, and look forward to lots of good input from the = list.   Thanks for reading!   Freddie Brabson    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Introduction -- taking the plunge! From: "wcjharrisville" <> Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 22:22:43 -0400     ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Fredrick Brabson (home)=20 To: Diyapason List=20 Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 9:46 PM Subject: [Residence Organs] Introduction -- taking the plunge!     Hello Fred! Welcome to Diyapason. I have an organ project well on = its way. 2M & P of about 8+ ranks. It has been a life-long journey = (I'm now 64) and I never expect to complete it! (It is simply the = "chase" for me.) It is on lower pressure - 4" - which is more than = enough for our home. I suspect you will find it near impossible to = successfully combine a "classis" organ with a "theatre" organ. As a = teenager and into my early 20s, I had a Wurlitzer Theatre Organ (2M/P) = of 4 ranks. It vastly overpowered the rather large basement of my = parents home. I eventually "graduated" (morphed?) to the "classic" = design. I know you will find a vast reservoir (no pun intended) of help = & knowledge in this group. The Best To You. Will, in New England.  
(back) Subject: Taking the Plunge From: <> Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 22:43:36 EDT   Welcome to the list. I've taken the plunge and am feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. I hauled about 10 ranks of pipes from Georgia = to Illinois for Richard Schneider to clean up and revoice. I'm presently agonizing = over which relay system to employ. My Austin console is take down to the steel =   frame. My blower is apart, but the motor has been rebuilt. I think I've = given up on the goal of having the organ playing by Christmas.   Good luck with your project. The guys are usually pretty helpful. There = are a few professionals who lurk herein and will offer help. I've been on and =   off this list for a few years, and I can't remember any flaming going on.   Sincerely, Keith Zimmerman Commerce, Georgia