PipeChat Digest #29 - Monday, August 11, 1997

(back) Subject: Re: Wanamaker Organ Recital From: "Clifford N. Bohnson" <cbohnson@mosquito.com> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 07:53:22 -0400   Shirley - As gracefully as possible, I humbly acquiesce on the roses. I fell into the "I heard..." trap. A couple of those blue-haired ladies (who frequently are members of the garden club) took the "feel" test and announced their supposedly incontrovertible decision: "REAL". On the other hand, I am glad you will give the cafeteria a try. I do think you'll find it a great place to hear the organ (as long as the sound of wielded cutlery is not TOO loud!). -- CLIFFORD N. BOHNSON, President The Unicorn's Garden (representing Makin Organs of England [digital electronic] and ITC Pipe Organs of Jackson, New Jersey) http://www.mosquito.com/~unicorn/PAGE1.HTML    
(back) Subject: Re: acoustics From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 06:58:07 -0500 (CDT)   At 11:02 PM 8/9/97 -0400, Bruce Cornely wrote:   >Isn't one of the reasons that the long, narrow and high gothic buildings >have such wonderful acoustics the result of parallel surfaces being >virtually eliminated by pillars, irregular stone surfaces, statuary and >other decorative aspects of the building. I have always been taught >that parallel surfaces were "bad" and in previous positions when >renovations were done, even walls behing the choir were slightly angled >for this purpose.   The acoustics of our church here, St. Mark's Episcopal in St. Louis, are as nearly perfect as can be and the building is much used for recording sessions, early music concerts, etc. The building is rectangular, 75' long, 25' wide and 40' high. The walls are painted brick, there is a flat plaster ceiling and a tiled concrete floor with no carpet. The building is small, seating only 200, but has 3.1/2 to 4 secs. of reverberation when empty, and only a little less when full. The reverberation is nicely balanced between treble and bass. While the walls are parallel, what prevents the acoustics from being "slappy" or echoey is that the walls although largely parallel come out and go in between each of the four stained glass windows along each side. It is not necessary therefore to have non-parallel walls, merely to break up their flat profile a little. The architect of our building, Fred Dunn (1905-1984) seems to have understood this well, and in his acoustic treatment when remodeling the Bofinger Chapel at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), St. Louis he introduced gently undulating side walls where there had previously been flat ones, again with conspicuousa success. It is amazing what good acoustics will do for singing, and at St. Mark's our choir and congregation practically sing the roof off. Our little 8-stop Aeolian-Skinner organ sounds like about thirty stops and was described by Senator Emerson Richards as "the biggest little organ in the world." It always seems to me, however, that height is the most important thing for getting the music to sound good. Choirs and organs can sound good even in very non-reverberent rrooms so long as there is plenty of headroom. I wonder why this is.   John    
(back) Subject: Re: acoustics From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 08:37:45 -0400   John, my guess about the headroom is that it is "untouched" space that never has people in it, and the sound can travel, reflect, mix and blend without interferrence. There have been several tiny but tall buildings in my life over the years, and they all seem to have this in common. Thanks.   Bruce Cornely ============ o o o o ============== o o o ______________ o o o o o o ______________ o o o OHS ======================== AGO  
(back) Subject: Re: Acoustics From: PipeLuvr@aol.com Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 09:21:24 -0400 (EDT)   The recent discussion of acoustics in chambers brings to mind the renowned New York Paramount Theatre's WurliTzer installation. In the "jacket" commentaries of recordings of this instrument, credit for its "one-of-a-kind" sound is always given to (1) the voicing of Dan Papp and/or Jessie Crawford, and (2) the "very shallow chambers" of the instrument.   Out of curiosity, does anyone know the actual dimensions and layout of the Paramount chambers?   Thanks!   Bob pipeluvr@aol.com.  
(back) Subject: Re: Items 4 Sale From: arthurf@essex1.com (Arthur Felts) Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 16:58:11 -0500   Tom Blackwell wrote: > > Hello pipechat folks: > > Jim Williams of Ogden, Utah would like to sell his life-long > accumulation of band organs, orchestrians, player pianos, reed > organs, Robert-Morton style 39 pit organs, Wurlitzer pipe organ > parts, Link pipe organs and other misc. items. He has provided > me with a list that includes over 60 items. If you are interested > in getting a copy of the list, please e-mail me privately. Since > I'm just helping out, you'll need to contact Jim directly with > any questions about the items, prices, etc. His phone number and > address will be included with the list. > > Regards, > > Tom Blackwell > tom@spry.com > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org Please send me a listing. Thanks