PipeChat Digest #69 - Saturday, September 13, 1997
Re: Ahlborne (was UK Value of a Compton electronic)
  by john cormack <jcormack@cpcug.org>
Re: This is my first posting.
  by bruce cornely <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: This is my first posting.
  by Otto Pebworth <opebwrth@gte.net>
Re: Ahlborne (was UK Value of a Compton electronic)
  by Dan Emery <dptech@networx.on.ca>
Re: This is my first posting..
  by Patricia R. Maimone <patmai@juno.com>
Re: Conn electronic pipes and other speakers
  by <Mattcinnj@aol.com>
Re: Conn electronic pipes and other speakers
  by Otto Pebworth <opebwrth@gte.net>
Re: Oxymoron and Trivia Question
  by <JerryM8319@aol.com>
Re: This is my first posting.
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Re: Practical jokes
  by <Giwro@aol.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Ahlborne (was UK Value of a Compton electronic) From: john cormack <jcormack@cpcug.org> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 16:16:50 -0400   At 11:40 AM 9/12/97 -0700, you wrote: >john cormack wrote: > >> ------------------------------------------------------------------- >> >> I know nothing about the Compton electronic so the following may >> not be applicable. I have no financial or other interest in the >> Ahlborne MIDI boxes that may be a solution to the limited >> sounds from the Compton (as you describe them) provided that >> the Compton has MIDI capability. The Ahlborne MIDI Romantic >> module provides about 20 classical organ stops allocated to >> the Swell, Great, and Pedal manuals. > > >Anybody have more info on Ahlborne, availability in the us, maybe a URL >or something???????? > >does it work with a MIDI keyboard or only organs? > >Bobby ----------------------------------------------------------------- Bobby:   It works with any MIDI keyboard, but the output is on three channels -- one output channel to the "great manual", another output to the "swell manual", and the third output to the "pedal manual". With only one keyboard, I don't know if the great and swell outputs can be sent to the keyboard simultaneously. An owner in Chicago, sorry don't remember his e-mail address, uses an Ahlborne with two MIDI keyboards.   Will know more about Ahlborne modules after their engineer visits me and tries to make it compatible with my Rodgers 790.   Sincerely,   John G. "Jack" Cormack Potomac, MD -------------------------------------------------------------------       > >"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 > > >  
(back) Subject: Re: This is my first posting. From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 17:51:20 -0400   Rick, Double welcome: first to the ranks of those who play regularly for worship services; and second to the LIST. My only advice to you, other than practicing and being prepared, is to remember that the people in the congregation are your friends, and almost anything you do will be wonderful to them. The main thing to remember is NEVER TRY TO SHOW OFF. Always do your best, or maybe even a little more than your best, but do is all (as the AGO motto says) "to the glory of God". I am Dean of my local AGO chapter, and as Dean I feel a special obligation to offer assistance to anyone I can, so please do not hesitate to call on me for any advice, suggestions, or if you simply need to let of steam; that is what your colleagues are for. One thing I was told when I joined AGO at age 11 or 12: in AGO we are all equal and all colleagues, and all friends. We are ALL here to support you and you have our prayers and best wishes with you always.   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 o o o o ______________ o o o o o OHS ======================== AGO  
(back) Subject: Re: This is my first posting. From: Otto Pebworth <opebwrth@gte.net> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 19:17:54 -0500   Rick - You're in good company! I think that I can say with much assurance that *all* of us have been there!   Otto+  
(back) Subject: Re: Ahlborne (was UK Value of a Compton electronic) From: Dan Emery <dptech@networx.on.ca> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 97 18:52:51 -0500   At 11:40 12/09/97 -0700, Bob Luderer wrote:   >john cormack wrote:   > >Anybody have more info on Ahlborne, availability in the us, maybe a URL >or something???????? >   Try the following:   http://www.generalmusic.com/ahlborn/ (General Music's site) for info.   There are 4 versions of the Archive Module, the specs. for each are detailed.   As far as I know, all 3 divisions can be played from a single keyboard.   I don't know of US availability, only Canadian ... the Toronto Rodgers dealer (Robert Lowery) sells the Ahlborn modules.   ATB ... dpe  
(back) Subject: Re: This is my first posting.. From: patmai@juno.com (Patricia R. Maimone) Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 18:31:34 -0400   Hello, Rick,   Welcome to the organists' club! Where are you located? Are you a member of the American Guild of Organists? What kind of instrument do you play?   As another PIPECHATTER has advised, be sure to know your music way ahead of time.. practice it with people in the room, the obbligato vacuum of the janitor.. ;-) sing along with the melody (all stanzas of the hymn), sing along with the alto, tenor, bass, practice with one hand on a silent keyboard.. play for any family members and/or friends who can be urged/coerced into listening/singing..   Have you ever taped yourself playing hymns and the "incidental" music? Be sure to breathe (i.e., lift your hands off the organ) at the ends of phrases and before each new stanza..   Take some deep breaths; have a glass of water and some life savers or breath mints handy..   Go for it! We all were beginners once upon a time!   Sincerely,   Pat Maimone  
(back) Subject: Re: Conn electronic pipes and other speakers From: Mattcinnj@aol.com Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 21:01:27 -0400 (EDT)   Hi everyone;   I updated 7 sets of Conn pipes with 2 way 6 X 9 car speakers. These were "el cheapo" Radio Shack speakers at $35.00 a pair. The original Conn speakers were only (1 way) 6 X 9s. I then used them in place of the Allen HC15s ($500 EACH) that came with the ADC 8350. All manual stops, except for the 2 large reeds, (Choir Tuba, Swell Harmonic Trumpet) on this very large instrument played through the Conns. First off, let me say that everyone who heard them liked them better then the HC 15s .... yes you can hear the sound "bounce" around the various "pipes". Also strings and solo reeds were noticable more harmonic. All stops were rounder and multi directional.   I sold the ADC 8350 with the original Allens and KEPT the Conn speakers. I plan to upgrade all the Conns with 3 way better quality speakers. These will be used with the next organ, possibly as an antiphonal arrangement.   I have not decided on the brand of this next instrument but regardless will purchase it without speakers. There are some unbelievable speakers available today that create a realistic sound stage by using bi / multi polar technology (speakers in a single cabinet pointing in various directions). None of the big names in electronic organs utilize this technology, as far as I know. I am lucky enough to live in NJ where a certain speaker and pipe organ genius by the name of Richard Davidson lives and I unreservable recommend his speakers for both high end home audio and electronic organs. I am planning on using his speakers as the "main" organ regardless of the brand.   Best wishes to all !  
(back) Subject: Re: Conn electronic pipes and other speakers From: Otto Pebworth <opebwrth@gte.net> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 21:40:34 -0500   I know from experience also how good the Conn pipes can sound :) I had a set connected to a practice instrument that I rented to my church while the new pipe organ was being installed. A lot of people said they didn't know an electronic could sound so good!  
(back) Subject: Re: Oxymoron and Trivia Question From: JerryM8319@aol.com Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 22:00:38 -0400 (EDT)   I believe the artist was Lyn Larsen. The piece is John Bull's Rondo in G.  
(back) Subject: Re: This is my first posting. From: Myosotis51@aol.com Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 23:25:35 -0400 (EDT)   In a message dated 97-09-12 14:59:04 EDT, Rick Williams writes: << Hello. I'm wondering if any of you have words of encouragement, wisdom etc. for a beginning organist. I have played for a number of years, but am beginning to play for my church. First I was going to do Sunday then pastor thought maybe I should start with the new Wednesday evening. Great! Only a couple of hymns and some incidental music. The hardest part for me is I'm scared out of my wits most of the time. My hands shake, my knees quake and my mouth feels like a cotton ball. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks. :-) >> ------------------------------------------ Hi Rick! Welcome! Gee, I always feel that way before I play. I used to play every Sunday, but now I substitute at a few local churches. That's not too bad, I guess because I don't know until a day or two before that I'm going to fill in, and I don't have time to work up a good panic attack! :-) My prelude is usually a straightforward piece that I know very well (generally Bach). It isn't until halfway through the first hymn that I start to unknot. But it hasn't killed me yet, and it is getting better with time. I do a few things that help me. First, lemon drops (candies) are helpful, they get rid of the "cotton ball" effect. Second, I wear cotton gloves until right before I start to play. They keep my hands warm and dry. Third, try to remember that if there were any superior musicians in the congregation, they'd be playing the organ and you'd be sitting in a pew! And, remember Who you're really playing for...... Good luck, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Vicki Ceruti Myosotis51@aol.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
(back) Subject: Re: Practical jokes From: Giwro@aol.com Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 04:05:46 -0400 (EDT)   O.K., I'll go for this one....   When I was in college at Arizona College of the Bible, my roommate and i cooked up a really good one. It was Christmas time (finals, concerts,etc) and we were all a bit punchy. My roomie worked at Walgreens, and one evening he brought home a damaged Christams card - you know the kind, that play carols and songs when you open the card....   ....ANYway, it was damaged, so we took it apart, and found that when one opened the card, it pulled out a piece of cardboard from between the electrical contacts, thus allowing the device to "play". After a little brainstorming, we found someone with keys to the chapel (the next day was the LAST chapel of the year before Christmas...) and did some serious work in preparation. Now you must understand that we didn't have a suitable organ OR organist, and so, chapel worship was usually led by piano...   We put the cardboard between the contacts and attached a thread to it. Next we crawled under the grand piano, and taped the device securely to the soundboard. The thread was run down to the sustain pedal, so that it would pull out the cardboard and activate the device when the pedal was depressed...   Chapel started with a rousing rendition of "Joy to the World". When it was over, there was a prayer, during which the device blithely chimed "Jingle Bells". While the prayer was going on, the pianist was madly groping around the piano in a futile attempt to find the offending thing, but to no avail. As soon as the "Amen" was said he quickly asumed a nonchalant air of indifference, and proceeded with the next carol. The "music" continued through the whole service, and not once did anyone make reference to it, in fact the colloge president preached as if it weren't even there. After chapel, though, there was a mad rush to the piano - it took them at least 10 minutes to figure it out...   My roommate and I had sore ribs for a week from holding in our laughter and elbowing each other. Later, the president's son told me his dad thought it was enormously funny, and wished more stuff like that would happen....   Ahhh, those were the days...   Jonathan Orwig