PipeChat Digest #120 - Saturday, November 1, 1997
New Organ Web Page
  by Mark Quarmby <markq@mail.flex.com.au>
A Small Organ Spec...
  by Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw>
  by <danbel@earthlink.net>
FWD:  In need of String/Celeste Pipes
  by Dr. Peter G. Pocock <pgpocock@ix.netcom.com>
  by <danbel@earthlink.net>
Hallowe'en Stuff or, Organists Just Don't Get Any Respect...
  by Vernon Moeller <vernonm@ccsi.com>
Re: to o-builders & o-techs. &AGO members
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: to o-builders & o-techs. &AGO members
  by Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca>
Re: Noel Goemanne
  by John L. Speller <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Weekend at the Paramount - Day 1
  by MightyYKW <MightyYKW@aol.com>

(back) Subject: New Organ Web Page From: markq@mail.flex.com.au (Mark Quarmby) Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 00:28:34 +1000   A new organ web page under construction with excellent colour photos and specifications of organs in Sydney, Australia. Contains a close up photo of the boot of the bottom C of the 64' Contra Trombone in the Sydney Town Hall (the one Dupre was photographed standing next to).   The web-site is located at:   http://www.zip.com.au/~mmurray/     Regards,   Mark      
(back) Subject: A Small Organ Spec... From: Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 21:41:49 +0800 (TAIST)     Now and then the subject of a small pipe organ is discussed on the list.   The organ below is an organ that was installed during her tenure at one of the churches where my first teacher played. I am wondering what comments the member of the list might have as to how the spec. might be improved.   The organ below, I might add, is no longer in its original venue; it has either been added to or removed... I'm not sure..   My main reason for posting is just to see what our list members think of this spec...   Analysis 16' Principal 73 pipes 16' Quintaton 85 pipes 16' Rohrflute 85 pipes 8' VIola Pomposa 85 pipes 8' Gemshorn 97 pipes 8' Dolce 73 pipes 8' Viole Celeste 49 pipes 4' Spitz Principal 61 pipes 2 2/3 Twelfth 61 pipes 2' Fifteenth 61 pipes Plein Jeu 183 pipes Pedal Mixture II 24 pipes; these pipes were an extension down of the Great 2 2/3 and 2, to make a pedal mixture of 5 1/3' and 4' with no breaks... The resulting sound would be perhaps a reedy sound... sort of like a Harmonics II, I guess. 16' Hautbois 73 pipes 8' Trompette 73 pipes     The resulting specification was:   G R E A T: (unenclosed)   16' Quintaton 8' Principal 8' Quintaton 8' Gemshorn (Sw) 8' Rohr Flute (Sw) 4' Spitz Principal 4' Quintaton 2 2/3 Twelfth 2 Fifteenth 8' Trompette (Sw)   S W E L L (Under expression)   8' Viola pomposa 8' Rohr Flute 8' Gemshorn 8' Dolce 4' VIola Pomposa 4' Rohr Flute 4' Gemshorn 4' Dolce 2 2/3 Gemshorn 2 Viola Pomposa 1 1/3 Gemshorn 1 Viola Pomposa III Plein Jeu 16' Hautbois 8' Trompette 4' Trompette     P E D A L   16' Principal 16' Quintaton 16' Rohrflute 8' Principal 8' Quintaton 8' Gemshorn 5 1/3 Viola Pomposa 4' Principal 4' Rohr Flute II Mixture (see note in above pipe analysis) 16' Hautbois 8' Trompette 8' Hautbois 4' Trompette     The builder stated that he "thought that the organ had 16' 8' and 4' couplers, inter and intra manual, and 8' and 4' to the Pedal..."   Some of the extensions originally appeared under other stop names... To make the spec. clearer, I have used the name of the original rank from which each stop is derived...   Best wishes to all...     Morton Belcher  
(back) Subject: GOULISH HALLOWEEN GREETING From: danbel@earthlink.net Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 06:24:09 -0800 (PST)   Greetings Goblins,   Wishing you all a very happy, goulish and scary Halloween day and evening! :) Let's all hope that the goblins and gouls stay out of our chambers----or at least out of the top horn of our Leslie speakers! :)   Happy Trick or Treating!!   Dan    
(back) Subject: FWD: In need of String/Celeste Pipes From: "Dr. Peter G. Pocock" <pgpocock@ix.netcom.com> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 07:31:25 -0800   The following message was sent from our homepages. I anyone is able to help this person, please reply privately.   Thanks,   Pete!   =======FORWARDED MESSAGE===========   Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 07:12:50 -0800 From: JMAYER1226@aol.com Reply-to: JMAYER1226@aol.com To: admin@pipechat.org Subject: In need of String/Celeste Pipes   Central Florida Theatre Society is rebuilding a two Manual Wurlitzer Pipe Organ and we in need of a set of string pipes and a set of celeste string pipes. If you can help us find this it would help shorten our installation time. We are all volunteers working on this project. Regards J Mayer      
(back) Subject: CD-RELEASE From: danbel@earthlink.net Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 09:02:05 -0800 (PST)   Greetings everyone....   Today I am very proud to announce the release of my newest compact disc, "Back to Brooklyn!" We recorded at Long Island University on the 4/26 Wurlitzer installed in what was at one time the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. As you have heard me say on this forum before, I believe this to be one of the absolute finest Wurlitzer sounds available anywhere. Peter Tague did his traditionally wonderful job of capturing this lucious sound and the listener certainly has the feeling that he/she is sitting in the best seat the Brooklyn Paramount had to offer!!   The tune list includes: Put On a Happy Face I Don't Know Why Tangerine This is the Moment Honeysuckle Rose Sun and Moon There Will Never be Another You Summer Me, Winter Me Lullaby of the Leaves Days of Wine and Roses S' Wonderful On My Own   Ken Petersen is the Executive Producer and I thank him sincerely for his belief in this project.   A copy of this CD can be yours for $20. (U.S. Postage Paid) or $22.00 (Outside the U.S.) sent to: Dan Bellomy Productions P.O. Box 1326 Burlington, MA. 01803   I appreciate you reading this shameless self-promotion up to this point! :)   Have a great weekend!!!   Dan Bellomy <danbel@earthlink.net>        
(back) Subject: Hallowe'en Stuff or, Organists Just Don't Get Any Respect... From: Vernon Moeller <vernonm@ccsi.com> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 11:24:27 -0600   Trick or Treat!     Earlier today, while looking for some Halloween .WAV sound files to put on PC's around the office, I ran across a file labelled "Mad organist plays Mozart's Toccata and Fegue" which, of course, was the opening to BWV565, a work obviously stolen by a young Mozart seeking fame and fortune by plagiarizing the works of earlier masters. If you want a chuckle, go to <http://www-personal.engin.umich.edu/~cstrick/halloween/sounds.html> ..   If you like truly eerie sounds, check out <http://www.fred.net/mulder/home/aaa.html> . The .WAV file that sounds like it is the opening of a movie is rather chilling, I think. WARNING: Some of these sounds are not for kids! Children should avoid the ones on the GROSS SOUNDS page. (axes hacking bodies, tortured souls screaming, etc)   If you're not sure about whether ghosts exist or not, you might find the following site interesting: <http://www.serve.com/shadows/ghostwav.htm> . Be sure to read about Toy. This site is part of a larger one dealing with ghosts.   And finally, my own ghost story: while I was organist for Austin's Central Presbyterian Church, I occasionally had to stay after choir rehearsal and practice until about 10pm or so. During such times, I was the only person in the old church. I could hear transients (funny, I grew up calling them hoboes or "bums") trying door latches and checking for open or unlocked windows, and the church was sometimes broken into, but not while I was there. On one night, while I was seated at the organ and sorting through my music, I distinctly heard the sound of footsteps on the old wooden floor outside and above the sanctuary. Remembering that I had turned off all the lights on my way in there, I hopped off the organ bench, opened the door into the hall, snapped on the lights and saw - absolutely nothing. I hollered up the stairs, "You need some light up there?" and then I snapped on some more lights. Still, nobody appeared or said anything. So I left the lights on and went back into the sanctuary. Before long, the footsteps came back. They were very clear, and sounded like leather-soled street shoes, not jogging shoes. About that time I decided that my practicing could wait until the following Saturday morning, my usual practice time. On my way out, I turned on a set of lights at one end of the hall, walked down the hall, and turned them off as I was leaving the hall. There was nobody in the church. One of the members, on the following Sunday, told me that it was just the sound of the old building shifting and settling for the night as the building cooled down after a hot day. Yeah, right! A long, continuous sound I could understand, but clop-clop-clop sounds slowly fading into the distance? Who knows? All I know is that natural paranoia from stories of transients found in the church combined with the lateness of the hour plus my own uneasiness at being alone in an old building not 2 blocks from sites where ghosts have been seen year after year so that my walking pace out of the church was probably a mite bit faster than usual. After that incident, I stayed late at the church several more times over the next few years, but I never heard those footsteps again.   \/\/\        
(back) Subject: Re: to o-builders & o-techs. &AGO members From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 17:08:05 -0500 (EST)   Jason - what you have asked for in terms of information could fill a couple of well written books ! no doubt you'll get some interesting replies to your queries. I will try to give you some basic information and perhaps a few sources for materials, but it will take some time to write this stuff. (hmmmm, could there be a book in the offing?) hang in there!   Rick Maryman  
(back) Subject: Re: to o-builders & o-techs. &AGO members From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 21:28:55   Jason wrote >SSSSOOOO, I was thinking, I would like to build one like that except with >the 16' Sub-bass substituted for a 16' REED Bourdon (a reed instead of a >pipe, from a reed organ) to save space, pneumatic action (or tracker >action, I haven't desided yet) and pistons (definently pneumatic >combination system), and a little smaller scale case (so it'll fit in my >"music room" (dining room). I get the house to myself alot (14 11/12 >years old, and live with my parents). > >The only problem is, I don't know where to begin, material-wise. I know >because I want to use pneumaic action, I have to use leather, but what >thickness and kind? Can I get a blower that would work on a typical 120 >volt (USA) outlet? What kind of wood? Where or how can I get it dried to >the proper humidity level? How should I lay it out so I can get the most >out of my space? What should be the wind pressure? How big should the >reservoir(s) be? I want a swell box, so, how should I operate it? How >much space should the swell shades take up? ETC ETC ETC ETC >ETC................ > Hi Jason Hmmmmm . . . looks like you've got a lifetime's hobby on your plate.   And this is for everyone else on the list too!   Building a pipe organ from scratch or even from used parts is a very very big job. It requires a large workshop and a lot of specialized tools and equipment. Plus a minimum of 7 years of training to even begin to think about building one yourself.   They don't call home pipeorgans "widowmakers" for nothing.   Now that I've hopelessly destroyed your dream of a house organ, let me assure you that all is not lost.   A far better alternative to doing it yourself is to BUY a small USED unit organ or mini tracker that was built for a residence. These organs are very common and are easy to come across. The Organ Clearing House lists small organs all the time and most can be purchased for under $10,000.00 U.S. dollars - about the same price as a good piano or a "Toaster"   I recently installed a 1970's 2 manual Moller organ of 2 1/2 ranks with a separate console and all pipes on display in a small church ( that seats about 50 people) in two days work. The total cost including purchase shipping and installation was about 13,000.00 Canadian that's about $9,000.00 U.S.   Small organs are designed for use in small area's. The average Church organ is not. You would be far happier with a small house organ or 3 ranks unified in your home than a large scale church organ of 25 ranks squashed into a garage or living room.   Your mother would agree!!!! ( you want to do what??!!! with MY dining room table!!!!!?)   If you truly wish to enter into the idea of a home pipe organ - Get a professional to install an organ for you!!! the savings in time, material, and fustration would be well worth the small extra cost.   If the idea of spending $10,000.00 for an organ is WAAAAYYYYY!!!! to much at this time for you or your family to afford (Remember you will want to start driving soon and College and the cost of having very expensive girlfriends is not far off. ) and you wish to have a "I did it myself type project" you may wish to think about getting an old reed organ from one of the folks at the Reed Organ Society.   An old reed organ can be purchased for a couple of hundred dollars and can be refinished and rebuilt by a person of limited training very easily. The cost of material and parts= under $100.00 and labour involved= a few weeks to a couple of months of work or so is much less than even the smallest of rebuilding jobs on a pipe organ console alone . Thus you will have an organ to play on and something that you did yourself that won't cost you an arm and a leg and might even make your parents think   "Thank God, We've got a normal kid!!" :-)))))))   P.S. An "Old timer's comments" ( you really don't want to hear this stuff do you) :-)))) When I was your age, ( loud groans here) my Dad always said:   Remember this son, Never let your eye's get bigger than your stomach.   I wish I'd remember that when I get myself into some big organ projects.   Keep the idea of getting an organ someday - It's a lot of fun and someday it can come true. Have a good weekend and Practice Practice Practice!!! :-))))))   Nelson ( who was 16 when he started servicing pipe organs by himself and was definitely "in over his head" and knew it but stuck with it anyways)   25 years later I'm still in over my head but now i've got a wife, mortgage, dog , cat, and debt.   By the way. . . Happy 15th Birthday soon!!!!   Nelson E. Denton R. A. Denton and Son Pipe Organ Builders Hamilton Ontario Canada  
(back) Subject: Re: Noel Goemanne From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 22:15:32 -0600 (CST)   Well, the list really came through on this query, and I am most grateful to all of you who e-mailed me with details of this composer -- both privately and on the list. I had thought his organ music was extremely fine, and I now discover he has also written a great deal of choral music as well, so I shall probably investigate that too. I made something of a breakthrough after one or two of you told me that I was in fact spelling his name incorrectly and that it is Goemanne and not Geomanne as I had erroneously thought. To summarize what various listmembers told me, he came originally from Belgium where he was taught by Flor Peeters at the Lemmens Institute, and then studied at the Conservatoire Royal in Liege. He then had further private instruction from Flor Peeters before coming to the United States. After a time in Detroit (where he taught one of our listmembers), he was for some time organist of Christ the King R.C. Church in Dallas, Texas, and then went on to other jobs, but is now, I gather, back at Christ the King, Dallas again. By the way the name is pronounced Wooman, and not as one might think from the way it is spelt. In 1977 he was specially honored by Pope Paul VI for his contribution to Catholic church music.   John.    
(back) Subject: Weekend at the Paramount - Day 1 From: MightyYKW <MightyYKW@aol.com> Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 01:10:35 EST   This is the first installment of a report on the weekend as it unfolds. This also includes some background info I'll leave out next time. Hope you find it interesting! -Cory The Weekend at the Paramount with the New York Paramount Wichita Wurlitzer, October 31-Nov. 2nd, 1997, Wichita, Kansas   by Cory Edelman   The Century II Exhibition Hall in Wichita, KS, has been home to the New York Paramount Wurlitzer for the past 26 years. This justifiably famous instrument has been for many the benchmark or "gold standard" of theatre organs (and so was the theatre in which it was housed), and has a rich history starting with Jesse and Helen Crawford and the many others who played it for the 38 years at the Paramount and in its present home. This weekend event, produced by Wichita Theatre Organ Inc., is the kickoff of the season on a somewhat bittersweet note - increased use of the complex and the impossibility of isolating its sound while other parts of the building are in use makes it necessary to find a new home for the instrument.   Day 1 The first event on October 31 was of course, "The Phantom of the Opera" starring Lon Chaney, scored by Jeff Weiler. Jeff is a protege of Lee Erwin and carries on Lee's method of using an entirely original score rather than one culled from various sources or attempting to follow any original "cue sheets". He was first introduced as if this was opening night at the Paramount, and we were about to hear Sigmund Krumgold at the organ - Jeff sat down, hit some presets and then - nothing! In a couple of minutes the problem was resolved and we then heard an overture of themes for the movie, then the film started and these themes were used throughout. There was a wonderful "love theme" as well as some good "scary" music, masterfully interwoven and interjected as needed. This "Phantom" is the original and still the best.   This was my first hearing of this organ live, and it truly exceeded my expectations based on recordings. There is a huge range of dynamics and colors, yet the ensemble blends in a way that says "I'm a Wurlitzer and you're not". Bass is powerful but clear, the strings are the most lush and imitative that I have ever heard, the winding is rock-solid when the trems are off, the voxes are to die for, etc. etc. The hall has had its original acoustical cottage cheese removed, and has a hard floor. It is very bright and adds a nice glow to the sound without any hint of muddiness. A large part of the ongoing re-leathering work has been completed, and the organ ciphered during the last minute or so, but was well-behaved otherwise. It is truly heartening to know that this organ is getting the TLC it deserves.   --------------------- Cory Edelman