PipeChat Digest #26 - Friday, August 8, 1997

(back) Subject: Seeking interim organist From: Jlokken@aol.com Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 08:58:00 -0400 (EDT)   Saint Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, California, is seeking an interim organist starting Sunday 21 September 1997 through 1 January 1998. You have some experience playing in a liturgical church, with some familiarity of the settings of the Lutheran Book of Worship. There will be some work with a volunteer choir of some twelve voices - although the choir does not sing every Sunday. If you are interested in this interim position, please submit a resume and references to Pr. Michael T. Hiller at "priestly@batnet.com", or fax to 415.621.8819. Questions may also be addressed by calling 415.641.7986 (evenings) or 650.723.8921 (days).   Jim Lokken  
(back) Subject: Sources for Organ Supplies ? From: "Bob, Diane & Jeff Kinner" <rkinner@one.net> Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 17:22:15 -0400   Dear list members: It's been nearly 20 years since I last tinkered with this pipe organ, and I've lost track of the suppliers I shopped from at that time. One was a theatre organ supplier called "Arndt (sp?) Organ Supply" in Iowa (I believe), the other was Durst (sp?) somewhere in Pennsylvania. Can anyone tell me how to contact these - or any other - suppliers of items such as leather, felt, PVC glue, primary magnets, pouch valves, etc? [I also used polylon and perflex, but I might be expelled from the list if it were know that I had used synthetics on a *real* organ.] Theatre organ suppliers seem to be more willing to work with amateurs, but I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks for your help. Bob -- Bob Kinner AA8FH rkinner@one.net Home Page: http://w3.one.net/~rkinner/  
(back) Subject: Re: Sources for Organ Supplies - reply From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 18:30:07 -0400 (EDT)   Arndt Organ Supply is still in Ankeny, OH...   Durst organ supply has been absorbed into Organ Supply Industries in Erie PA Call OSI toll free at 1-800-ERIE-OSI Sorry, I don not hqave address or Phone Numbver for Arndt, but will suggest that they mainly specialize in theatre organ reroduction parts from a primary pull pneumatic up to a full-blown console.   RM  
(back) Subject: acoustics From: Ronnymn@aol.com Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 19:50:56 -0400 (EDT)   I am a little late in bringing this up, but i forgot, had a lapse, whatever. If one were to build a smaller room onto a house for an organ, what would be the best "shape" so to speak. Or in other words is it the cubic ft. or total volume thats important, or would one get better results from a rectangle vs. square etc. assuming the same sq. feet in the room?? I know there are upteen variables, but is there a general answer.? tks. ronnymn@aol.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Wanamaker Organ Concert From: Claire <cwhiting@p3.net> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 20:58:53 -0400   Well - Lord & Taylor opened and we finally got to hear the organ again - starting with the Star Spangled Banner, followed by Everything's Coming Up Roses. (Lord & Taylor's logo is a red rose). There were some Sousa Marches, and I really can't remember the names of the rest - it was just sooo great to hear more of the organ than we've heard in a long time!! But it was all too short - 3/4 hr. I couldn't wait for the next concert at 5:15 - I was lucky enough to be allowed to remain by the console for that concert - again - Everything's Coming Up Roses, Moonlight & Roses, Alice in Wonderland into Zippity Do Dah, Tales from Vienna Woods, War March of the Priests - it was fantastic - expecially getting to watch Peter Conte. Not all of the pistons are hooked up yet, but the sound was wonderful. Unfortunately - only 3/4 hr again. But it in a department store, so I guess we have to be happy with what we do get. I'll be there Sat 8/9 all day - look for me either on the main floor by the "Friends" table or - if I'm lucky enought to get a repeat invitation to be up in the organ loft. I'll have a name tag on. Claire    
(back) Subject: Re: acoustics From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 22:50:42 -0400   Ronny, what a fun thread is can be. My exprience in "rooms" has been that the best shape is rectangular: long and narrow and as high as possible. There are several ways, I think, to get the effect without having to rebuild Kings Colllege. I played in a baptist church once with, traditional (if it moves mike it, if it doesn't carper it) baptist acoustics, and discovered one hot day that if I left the door open to the stair well by the console, not only would I get a nice breeze, but the acoustics were wonderful; ie, by listening carefully after a chord was released and had died in the room, it lived on for several glorious seconds in the stairwell. So, unorthodox as it might be, perhaps if you build the room with a live environment -- a rectangular room of average size for your purpose, but then attach a "stairwell" to it, say behind the casework (so that the sound does not go up primarily) or at the opposite end of the room from the casework, you would have a warm and lively room to play in with an acoustical reverberation chamber for the sensuous afterglow (!!!!). Also, rooms that I have been in with domes or barrel ceilings tend to sound more reverberant to me. I lived in an 1824 farm house in Vermont with a ballroom on the third floor which had a barrel ceiling and the acoustics were wonderful, about 1.5 sec, with a ceiling height of only 7 or 8 feet in the center and 6 feet on the sides. It was rectangular, about 55 x 15, with wood floor and plaster wall, of course. Good luck...keep us posted... and what kind of an instrument is going in???   Bruce Cornely ============ o o o o ============== o o o ______________ o o o o o o ______________ o o o OHS ======================== AGO  
(back) Subject: Re: Venice and Geneva -- historic instruments? From: pniki@firstavenue.com Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 22:16:12 -0500   I was in Venice a few years ago and saw instruments there. As I recall, the two churches we saw with restored period instruments were at the school where Vivaldi taught and at the old cathedral; the one that was cathedral before St. Mark's. St. Mark's has several instruments of extremely undistinguished characteristics. There is also a fascinating new instrument at the conservatory. It is designed so that it can be used as typical gospel & epistle intruments for do dueling organ repertoire; as well, both instruments are playable from one of the consoles as a more traditional northern European style instrument for the standard rep.   I will look around and see if I still have details. The trip was a study tour from my days at Yale and I have some fairly extensive notes.   Peter Nikiforuk     Message routed through FIRSTline's SMTP Gateway.   First Avenue Information Systems Inc. People. Solutions. Service. (519) 746-5630    
(back) Subject: Re: Venice and Geneva -- historic instruments? From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 23:17:59 -0400   That must have been a very interesting trip. I look forward to future information as it surfaces. Many thanks.   Bruce Cornely ============ o o o o ============== o o o ______________ o o o o o o ______________ o o o OHS ======================== AGO