PipeChat Digest #9 - Thursday, July 24, 1997
me pipe organ??
        by bruce cornely <cremona84000@webtv.net>
me pipe organ??
        by bruce cornely <cremona84000@webtv.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Home pipe organ?? From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 23:51:53 -0400 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; CHARSET=US-ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7BIT   For Paul Stapel, The Wicks people are some of the finest people with whom I have done business, called for help, etc. The problem I have with the Wicks at my church is the same problem that most people have with organs of that vintage, except that this one is further hampered by an awful installation (the fault of the architect and popular opinion at that time re placement etc). In selecting builders for our new organ to replace the 56 Wicks, an initial list of 15 builders was initially considered, and Wicks was one of them. In order for the committee not to be overwhelmed, and according to guidelines for my task, the number of builders was pared down to six. I had the unfortunate task of eliminating friends who are builders and other builders whose work I have enjoyed over the years. Unfortunately, we can only have one organ in this room, and unfortunately, one company can't build them all. I have seen Wicks recent work on a tour after the Michigan OHS convention and enjoyed playing the tracker set up at the factory and was also impressed/dismayed/scared at the digital work included in the smaller organs. I simply DO NOT WANT anything artificial in an organ I play, and feel that only the real McCoy will be the most longlasting and easily maintained and, in the long run, least expensive. I have no difficulty in recommending Wicks for tonal work (ex St. Johns Savannah GA), for dependability (our chest have been rained on and have only a few problems), and most of all for integrity and customer service. Friends?     Bruce Cornely o o o o o ______________ o o o o o o o o o ______________ o o o o o o o o o ______________ o o o o o ====================================  
(back) Subject: Re: Home pipe organ?? From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 23:58:12 -0400 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; CHARSET=US-ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7BIT   I am curious, with all the talk of the expense of electrical stuff, why has no one suggested mechanical action. It is simple, parts are inexpensive, it is reliable and can be easily repaired. It's only drawback is the inability to play pipes at a zillion pitches, which is unmusical, anyway. With a mechanical action instrument, the low bass notes can be shared among stops (I'll do just about anything to avoid electonic stuff) and is quite successful. Buy the OHS convention recordings (804/353-9226) and you will be amazed at what these little wonders can do. I think, possibly, one of the reasons the pipe organ has fallen out of favor is that it has turned into a machine with resultant (no pun intended) loss of musicality. I have played recitals on 3-stops and no pedal; would much rather have that than a 5 manual unified anything.     Bruce Cornely o o o o o ______________ o o o o o o o o o ______________ o o o o o o o o o ______________ o o o o o ====================================