PipeChat Digest #102 - Monday, October 13, 1997
 
Re: organ power supply problem
  by <DEMPAR1@aol.com>
4rank chest.....
  by Robert Rusczyk <rusczyk@ix.netcom.com>
Re: organ power supply problem
  by Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca>
Wurlitzer 2/10 in Louisiana
  by <DEMPAR1@aol.com>
Re: organ power supply problem part 2
  by Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca>
Do You Know?
  by <DM726@delphi.com>
 


(back) Subject: Re: organ power supply problem From: DEMPAR1@aol.com Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 09:00:22 -0400 (EDT)   Jason, it sounds like an electrical problem but a good electrician would need some other information. For example, did the blower stop running or did you just loose the low voltage for the controls? Did anything else in the church go off (the lights or air conditioning for example)?   I am an electrical contractor and an organist so I can think of a few possible causes. Probably the first thing to check is did the power company have an interruption of power to the building or did they loose a phase. If not, you may have an intermittant in the fuse boxes or in the organ itself. A loose or dirty circuit breaker connection can cause this. Make sure you have a fuse protecting the output of the organ's rectifier or generator, that way if the mice are eating your wiring, you will not blow up your power supply or have a melt down should the wiring short out. Also check if anybody was working on the organ, during the week, who may have disturbed wiring and caused a connection to break loose. Hope this is some help to you.  
(back) Subject: 4rank chest..... From: rusczyk@ix.netcom.com (Robert Rusczyk) Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 11:10:19 -0500 (CDT)   Tom....   Do you know if you are going to sell the 4 rank chest yet? I am putting together a shipment to OSI and it could go if you are selling....   Let me know,   Bob  
(back) Subject: Re: organ power supply problem From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:10:25   Hi Jason:   Intermitant problems like this can have many causes as have been posted. Another not mentioned is a overheating blower motor. Sometimes the motors will not get up to speed due to a brush problem on the motors. This usually results in a very noisy sounding blower and a very out of tune organ. The result is the blower motor will run for a few minutes and then it will shut down ( hopefully ) and cool off and it will then sometimes restart when you push the start button again. This like most of the other problems mentioned are something that can only be checked out properly by a organ tech or electrician.   Another curse of churches is one that happens all to often in old churches. Many old churches have poor wiring with circuits linked one to another throughout the church. One church comes to mind where the organ kept conking out during the biggest services of the year, And only then. We were called several times to check out the organ and all was well every time we checked it. A most fustrating and embarasing situation. Only after several years of this problem occuring did the answer come to light. After complaining loudly that the old organ was in need of major repairs or replacement ( out of fustration at this problem) did a little old lady in the women's group admit, " Well the fuses always blow in the kitchen at the same time as the organ conks out. " "Why is that" someone asked ? Well it's because we only use that old plug next to the stove for the extra coffee makers when we have a extra big crowd and the fuses always blow when we use it, so I keep a set of spares handy to replace them.   :-))))   Another big problem is the "turn off all lights when leaving sign" some people take this literally and turn off every switch and circuit breaker in the building. ( I get a lot of useless calls over that one.)   Your problem is fustrating and scary to be sure but it could be simple or serious. I wish We "the List" could be of more help. :-))) Nelson E. Denton R. A. Denton and Son Pipe Organ Builders Hamilton Ontario Canada  
(back) Subject: Wurlitzer 2/10 in Louisiana From: DEMPAR1@aol.com Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:25:10 -0400 (EDT)   I have undertaken the repair of a Wurlitzer 2/10 in Jackson LA. as a volunteer project for the local historical society and to give theater organists another instrument on which to perform. The organ is complete and working although it needs a lot of work to be playable for concert purposes. I have worked on church organs with OHS but have little experience with high pressure instruments. The wiring is not too much of a problem for me but I have some valve work to do and frankly I am not comfortable going into the chests of a Wurlitzer w/o some help or guidance. Is there anyone in reasonable proximity who has some experience with this and who would be willing to look over my shoulder or lend a hand to teach me how to repair these valves properly. I would also like to see a wiring schematic of an organ of this approximate size and design. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  
(back) Subject: Re: organ power supply problem part 2 From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:33:29   At 12:10 PM 10/12/97, you wrote: >Hi Jason: > P.S> from reading your message again it seems like you could also be having problems with your furnace's motors as well. (funny sounds from down below) This is another thing to check into.   Let he/she whom is "in charge of things that need fixing" at the church know of your problems.     EVERYONE REMEMBER !!!!   HEATING SEASON IS HERE PLEASE CHECK YOUR HUMIDIFIERS ON THE ORGANS AND FURNACES AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE WATER AND ARE WORKING PROPERLY.   DON'T WAIT TILL JANUARY TO DISCOVER THEY HAVE BEEN OFF ALL WINTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I don't need extra emergency service calls in January :-(((   Nelson E. Denton R. A. Denton and Son Pipe Organ Builders Hamilton Ontario Canada  
(back) Subject: Do You Know? From: DM726@delphi.com Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 17:02:56 -0400 (EDT)   Does anybody know about a project that was supposed to take place in Brookline, Massachusetts, where someone was donating and installing a Theatre Organ in the Coolidge Corner Moviehouse?   Any information would be appreciated. TIA Dave McPeak