PipeChat Digest #471 - Saturday, August 1, 1998
 
Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK
  by "Cheryl C Hart" <info@copemanhart.co.uk>
Sources for Console Mirrors
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Sources for Console Mirrors
  by "John F. Crowley" <jfjc@juno.com>
Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Cheryl Hart vs. tracker organs
  by <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK
  by <sohmer@juno.com>
Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK From: Cheryl C Hart <info@copemanhart.co.uk> Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 14:05:26 +0100   I've just been told that this (approximately 20 years young) instrument is currently in bits on the Abbey floor. Well I guess that's probably a slight exaggeration: the action has failed and has had to be returned to the USA (it was built by Lawrence Phelps).   Now forgive me you tracker backers if I am about to stir up muddy waters, but I thought tracker organs never went wrong and were supposed to last forever with very little money needing to be spent on them - at least, that is what I have heard many pipe organ devotees and tracker-backers say.   I gather that this little job is going to cost the Abbey (sharp intake of breath through gritted teeth) about GBP 35,000.   Cheryl     COPEMAN HART & COMPANY LTD Church Organ Builders Finedon Road IRTHLINGBOROUGH Northamptonshire ENGLAND NN9 5TZ   Tel 01933 652600 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ US CONSULTANCY: Copeman Hart - America Email Cpmnhartus@aol.com Tel 423 482 8600 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY: Copeman Hart - Australia Email hamilton.stives@bigpond.com Tel 02 9983 9775 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.copemanhart.co.uk    
(back) Subject: Sources for Console Mirrors From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 13:14:07 EDT   I am seeking two matching console mirrors for the Main Console of our Kilgen which is located in the rear gallery.   In the past I have seen mirrors that were constructed as follows:   a wooden base (with felt on the bottom), two wooden pieces on either side resembling little pillars to and between which the mirror was hinged and affixed. I have seen them anywhere from probably 8 or 10 to 12 or 14 inches in length from side to side.   Does anyone know where I can get or order two of these? We need them rather quickly but if they need to be manufactures then that is fine too. I checked my current Organ Supply catalog but to no avail.   Any and all help will be GREATLY appreciated (in a swell and positive manner- of course!)   Scott F. Foppiano, Organist-Choirmaster The Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI  
(back) Subject: Re: Sources for Console Mirrors From: jfjc@juno.com (John F. Crowley) Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:47:24 -0500   Have you tried atutomotive supply stores? I know it sounds corney but I've seen people use rear view mirrors. My late organ teacher went to a glass company and had one made, cost a few bucks but he said it was worth it.   John   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 15:28:29 -0400 (EDT)   Oooooooooooooh! Cheryl.   Throwing stones into my cave!!!!   There are "less than good" builders creating in all mediums of organ building.   Likening a Phelps organ to a typical tracker is like making the same statement with Conn being the electronic builder. With all due respect through my life time I have watched Larry Phelps drive company after company into ruin one way or another. Unfortunately, now that he is furnishing brainpower to an electronic producer it seems that critical matters are out of his hands. American electronic orgomachine builders will sacrifice anything, except profit. Lord only knows how the name Phelps would be of benefit to any industry.   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   Fierce in the woods, gentle in the house. -- Martial    
(back) Subject: Re: Cheryl Hart vs. tracker organs From: <FireAlarmz@aol.com> Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 20:10:58 EDT   In a message dated 98-07-31 09:06:59 EDT, Cheryl Hart wrote: << but I thought tracker organs never went wrong and were supposed to last forever with very little money needing to be spent on them - at least, that is what I have heard many pipe organ devotees and tracker-backers say. >>   Hmmm... of course, the e-p pipe organs are worse, at least the ones from the '70s (which seems to have been the worst period of pipe organ building.)   "My" 77-stop 1973-7 e-p organ has been releathered (perflex then poor quality leather then...) and repaired to DEATH, to the tune of 6-figures in 25-scant years. It still needs repairs... the big reed pipes are collapsing under their own weight, etc. etc. We would definitely have been *much* better getting one of Cheryl's instruments.   Peace, Bill Miller, Phila PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK From: sohmer@juno.com Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 13:21:07 -0400   I'd be very interested in knowing what happened to the action. However, that shouldn't let anyone not be reminded that the sound of that particular instrument was glorious. Phelps's wife, Gillian Weir did a recording par excellence on that instrument shortly after it was installed.   Steve Ohmer Charlottesville, VA   Who likes just about any kind of action as long as the dagnabbed organ will play.....   On Fri, 31 Jul 1998 14:05:26 +0100 Cheryl C Hart <info@copemanhart.co.uk> writes: >I've just been told that this (approximately 20 years young) >instrument is >currently in bits on the Abbey floor. Well I guess that's probably a >slight >exaggeration: the action has failed and has had to be returned to the >USA >(it was built by Lawrence Phelps). > >Now forgive me you tracker backers if I am about to stir up muddy >waters, >but I thought tracker organs never went wrong and were supposed to >last >forever with very little money needing to be spent on them - at least, >that >is what I have heard many pipe organ devotees and tracker-backers say. > > >I gather that this little job is going to cost the Abbey (sharp intake >of >breath through gritted teeth) about GBP 35,000. > >Cheryl > > >COPEMAN HART & COMPANY LTD >Church Organ Builders >Finedon Road >IRTHLINGBOROUGH >Northamptonshire >ENGLAND NN9 5TZ > >Tel 01933 652600 >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >US CONSULTANCY: >Copeman Hart - America >Email Cpmnhartus@aol.com >Tel 423 482 8600 >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY: >Copeman Hart - Australia >Email hamilton.stives@bigpond.com >Tel 02 9983 9775 >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >http://www.copemanhart.co.uk > > >"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 > >   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker organ in Hexham Abbey, UK From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 23:35:01 EDT   In a message dated 98-07-31 23:33:10 EDT, you write:   << I'd be very interested in knowing what happened to the action. However, that shouldn't let anyone not be reminded that the sound of that particular instrument was glorious. Phelps's wife, Gillian Weir did a recording par excellence on that instrument shortly after it was installed. >>     OI have that recording and, yes- that organ was nothing short of FANTASTIC! (so is the recording!)