PipeChat Digest #495 - Saturday, August 22, 1998
 
Re: Conn Enlargement--Looking for parts.
  by "Owen Jones" <owenj@dynamite.com.au>
Marbles slowly coming back. . .
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpncorn@davesworld.net>
Re: Multi-level pistons
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: Multi-level pistons
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Checking out a Conn 645 Theatre Deluxe
  by "Freddie Brabson" <fbrabson@gte.net>
PipeChat on IRC Tonight!!
  by "Sean Haley" <newgershwin@hotmail.com>
Organist exchange & Recital Trip -  Part Three
  by <Cpmnhartus@aol.com>
Re: A request
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Re: A request
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Re: Checking out a Conn 645 Theatre Deluxe
  by "Owen Jones" <owenj@dynamite.com.au>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Conn Enlargement--Looking for parts. From: Owen Jones <owenj@dynamite.com.au> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 20:41:59 +1000         > Hi Jason,   The console and relay system uses diode switching, in fact the console could be used to drive pipes at any time. It would be a matter of replacing the tone gens with driver magnets.   Just to get the organ up and playing I am using one complete set of generators from 32' to 2' pitch. The tone gens only sound when a key is pressed, not like the original Conn, with free running generators. They output 4 wave forms, sine, half sine, saw tooth and square. The tone filters are variable Q band pass filters, with up to 7 potentiometers per board, so you can really have a play at getting the sound you want. Each voicing mother board can accommodate up to 8 voices, with 4 channels per M/B At the moment I am using Pitch gating circuits, these have limitations and Sonic Creations are not continuing with this line so I wont go into any more explanation about that.   The final spec will a separate rank of gens for each pitch on each keyboard 16,8,4 etc. There will be unified ranks for the tibias, diapasons and celeste. These will be available in whatever pitch I want.   The post horn, kinura, bass clarinet and bass quintadena and the pedals are untremmed. Strings flutes and diapasons have their own trems, set at varying depths of am/fm. The reeds and tibias/voxes/saxes have their own trems, with tibias having the most am/fm to suit. I am using bucket brigade devices to achieve this. They work very well, starting stopping just like pipe organ trems and the sound is good.May I suggest you contact Sonic Creations and obtain a catalogue, this will guide you as go along. Don has been very helpful over the past 3 years I have been working on the project, in my spare time that is. The speakers are best placed away from the console, in another room if possible or a large hall.( Build as many channels as you can afford, it makes for a big sound!) This gives a good mix and lets the raw sound from the speakers bounce around, also your ears wont be damaged. I gutted the insides of the console Conn 651 and left the Conn tibias intact, still use them. However, ther was no room for all of the new electronics, so I built a large cabinet that, just houses the stuff I want   Hope this answers some of your questions, feel free to email me anytime   Regards   Owen Jones   > Details Please! (keyers, tone generators, how it's unified, if it's > unified) > > Jason Comet > bombarde8@juno.com > |\ > | \ > O > > _____________________________________________________________________ > 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] > > "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: Marbles slowly coming back. . . From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@davesworld.net> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 09:35:54 -0700   On Thu, 20 Aug 1998 05:11:00 -0400. Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> wrote:   > Dear PipeChat-l members,   > I must thank you all, (and especially Will Scarboro, for letting the > list know), for all your kind messages to me. I am beginning to see > some improvement, slowly, but surely.   > I have now found out the hard way that the aftermath of a heart attack . . .   zzzz   <Arp wakes up with a start>   HUH? WUZZIT?   I guess this is what happens when one spends 3 days finishing one's roofing project before kid #2 goes back to college next week. . .   I had NO idea that this happened, and let me be amongst those who offer well-wishes for a speedy recovery. Having been a "semi-regular" on the PIPECHAT IRC along with Bob, I can say that if his participation will be curtailed due to this, it will be sorely missed by all!   I've had to be in semi-lurk mode myself. We finally got our roofing project at home finished, but not before we sustained serious damage to many of the ceilings in our house due to unexpected (and unforecast!) thunderstorms catching us with our pants down and roof uncovered on numerous occasions. Oh, the joy of doing a roofing project in central Illinois!   This afternoon, it's off to northern Wisconsin for the committal service for my Dad, who passed away a year ago in Setember. My Mom, for whatever reason, decided to wait until now for the placing of the urn of his ashes, which happens tomorrow morning.   Pray for Travelling Mercies.   Faithfully, / ^ ^ \ { (O) (O) } --------oOOOo--------U-------oOOOo------------   "Arp" in the "Corn Patch" Rich Schneider SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. Organbuilders 41-43 Johnston Street Post Office Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (217) 944-2527 FAX mailto:arpncorn@davesworld.net EMAIL (Note change in ISP's Domain-Name!)  
(back) Subject: Re: Multi-level pistons From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 16:46:43 EDT   Bill -   I have seen other organists use post-it notes stuck to the music in use that has all the info written on the sheet including the generals, and divisionnal pistons to be used along with the memory level on which those pistons are stored.   I also have used a binder for my service playing which has all the hymns and service music inserted in plastic page keepers...on the OPPOSITE page (the left one) I list the verses and the pistons I am likely to use (I occasionally change on the spur-of-the-moment if singins is particularly good).   hope this helps.   Rick Maryman Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Re: Multi-level pistons From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 16:46:54 EDT   Bill -   I have seen other organists use post-it notes stuck to the music in use that has all the info written on the sheet including the generals, and divisionnal pistons to be used along with the memory level on which those pistons are stored.   I also have used a binder for my service playing which has all the hymns and service music inserted in plastic page keepers...on the OPPOSITE page (the left one) I list the verses and the pistons I am likely to use (I occasionally change on the spur-of-the-moment if singins is particularly good).   hope this helps.   Rick Maryman Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Checking out a Conn 645 Theatre Deluxe From: "Freddie Brabson" <fbrabson@gte.net> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 14:08:21 -0700   I'm checking out a Conn 645 Theatre Deluxe as a possible practice/starter instrument; it's available in my area for almost the right price. Apparently the deteriorating neoprene (sp?) key contacts need to be replaced with "gold rods," a task that doesn't sound too daunting or expensive. But one interesting thing occurred as I was testing the organ:   The pedal had a pretty consistent "cipher" when the Bourdon or Diapason was on (I assume they're on the same generator?), but the cipher moved---that is, if CC was ciphering, and then I played GG or EE or almost anything in that lower octave, the note I had just played would cipher, and the previous cipher would cease. Can anybody explain this to me, and is it a serious problem? How about the key contacts/gold rods?   Thanks Freddie Brabson, I've-known-only-digital Child of the 90s  
(back) Subject: PipeChat on IRC Tonight!! From: "Sean Haley" <newgershwin@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 14:35:39 PDT   Happy Friday Everyone,   Because the numbers have been dwindling a bit on IRC the past several days, I thought I would take a moment to remind the regular participants. We also like to see new faces, so if you want to join in on the fun and talk to some of the "regulars" of the list, PLEASE join us at 9:00 PM Eastern time (Monday and Friday). That's 8:00 PM Central, 7:00PM Mountain, and 6:00 PM Pacific times. If you want to join in but don't know how to get started, go to... <http://www.pipechat.org/irc.html> *** See You There *** _____ | | Sean M. Haley / NWOrganer | | Organist,Pianist,Composer,Piano Tech. () ()..<newgershwin@hotmail.com>...........() () .............................................| | .............................................|___|     ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Organist exchange & Recital Trip - Part Three From: <Cpmnhartus@aol.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 19:50:11 EDT   From George W. Bayley Oak Ridge, Tennessee 21st August 1998   Organist Exchange & Recital Trip - Part Three   Before my third C. S. Lewis memorial recital, which took place on 23rd July at Belfast Cathedral, we had two days for touring. We spent one of those days driving around the Strangford Lough enjoying the beautiful scenery. We stopped at Portaferry to eat lunch before boarding the ferry with our car to Strangford to continue our journey to visit Castle Ward. The house is unique in that the side facing Strangford Lough is Gothic and the remainder of the house is in traditional 18th century style architecture. The owner of the house and his wife could not agree on the style of the house when it was built, so a compromise was reached that she should have her Gothic architecture on one side of the house. Two years after completion of the house, she left her husband to move elsewhere.   On another day, we visited the magnificent house, Mount Stewart, with its beautiful gardens and lake. This is near the city of Newtownards, a busy market town in County Down, about 30 minutes east of Belfast. We went there a few times to do our banking and some of our shopping.   The beauty of a house exchange is that one can prepare all, or most of one's meals at home. We always had breakfast and most dinners at home. Being thrifty in nature, we often took our lunch with us. The nearby village of Balloo Crossroads had two grocery shops, one at a petrol station and the other with the post office. We shopped at the butcher shop which had sawdust on the floor, just like more than fifty years ago in America. There was something nice about having lamb chops or steaks cut fresh before your eyes. No prepackaged supermarket stuff there.   BBC Radio Ulster in Belfast, having learned of my C. S. Lewis memorial recital series, invited me to appear for a live interview on their arts program the day before my Belfast Cathedral recital. We talked at length about the C. S. Lewis aspect of the recital and the "Shadowlands Suite" which was a feature of all the recitals.. We talked also about my performance of "Fantasy for Organ" by the American composer, Kenton Coe. This work was commissioned some years ago by the American organist, Stephen Hamilton, and first performed by him. A recording of this work appears on the CD set, Great Organs of New York. I had the privilege of giving the Fantasy its European premiere a year ago at St. Giles Cathedral in Ediburgh. Since Kenton could not attend that performance, he and his brother with two other family members and two friends, flew from America to Belfast for this year's performance. It is a dramatic work with many passages of lyricism, of about fifteen minutes in duration. The spacious acustics of the Cathedral contributed to the symphonic grandeur of the "Fantasy". Unfortunately, it has not yet been published. The audience responded to the work with enthusiasm and the reviewer of the Belfast Telegraph gave it an excellent review.   David Drinkell has been the Organ and Master of the Choristers of Belfast Cathedral for ten years. He is a brilliant choirmaster and organist, as well as a fine gentleman. Before he went to Belfast, he was the Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the Orkneys.   The cathedral organ, built by Harrison and Harrison in 1907 with three manuals and pedals, originally stood in the South Aisle at floor level. It was rebuilt, enlarged and moved to an elevated position in the new South Transept in 1973. During the rebuilding, a Positive Organ was added along with new and reformed Mixtures, and enlargement of the Pedal Organ, including a 32' reed.   It is still the Romantic instrument as built by Harrisons, although the new position and the acoustics of the building have had a considerable effect on the overall sound. The building has a long reverberation period of 5 or 6 seconds, and and it is a pleasure to play that magnificent organ.   My program included the entire Sonata No. 1 in F Minor of Mendelssohn; Fantasy for Organ by Kenton Coe,;The Shadowlands Suite, music by George Fenton transcribed by George Bayley; Vocalise of Rachmaninoff, transcribed by Patricia Bird; Toccata in D Minor by Reger; the complete version of Toccata in G by Dubois; and the Sketch in D Flat by Schumann.   Belfast has other fine organs, as well. The most famous of these is the magnificent four-manual organ in the Ulster Hall, built by William Hill, 1861, 1903. Restored by Noel Mander in 1978, this organ is widely regarded as Hill's finest instrument.   After the recital came that wonderful day of sailing on the Irish Sea and one more Sunday of playing services at Holywood Parish Church.   We left Belfast for London on Monday, 27th July to spend a week in London.   The next, and final installment, will deal with the organ at St. Paul's Cathedral as well as with The Royal School of Church Music Summer Course for Organists which was held at St. Giles, Cripplegate in the Barbican.   To be continued.   George   George W. Bayley Senior U. S. Consultant Copeman Hart - America 107 East Pasadena Road Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830-5112 Tel. 423.482.8600 Fax. 423.482.8600   COPEMAN HART & COMPANY LTD. Church Organ Builders IRTHLINGBOROUGH Northamptonshire ENGLAND NN9 5TZ http://www.copemanhart.co.uk   AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY Copeman Hart - Australia 60 Memorial Avenue ST. IVES NSW 2075 Email: hamilton.stives@bigpond.com (Peter Hamilton)          
(back) Subject: Re: A request From: <Steskinner@aol.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 20:30:42 EDT   In a message dated 98-08-18 20:55:39 EDT, you write:   << I have no idea what I will do as yet - it has been several years since I left a position without another one to take its place. For those of you who believe in God, I ask that you would keep me in your prayers as I begin the search for something to do that will put bread on the table. >>   I believe in God, Jonathan, and I am am praying for you. This must be a scary time for you, and I pray that God will affirm you and your ministry in amazing ways. I hope you have put your name out in So. Cal as a substitute--when I was there I was very popular as a sub (as anyone who could find the on/off switch to the organ)! Talk to Mark Thallendar at Lake Ave Congregational in Pasadena--he's very well connected, altho the LA basin may be quite a drive for you.   Blessings   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: A request From: <Steskinner@aol.com> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 20:30:36 EDT   In a message dated 98-08-18 20:55:39 EDT, you write:   << I have no idea what I will do as yet - it has been several years since I left a position without another one to take its place. For those of you who believe in God, I ask that you would keep me in your prayers as I begin the search for something to do that will put bread on the table. >>   I believe in God, Jonathan, and I am am praying for you. This must be a scary time for you, and I pray that God will affirm you and your ministry in amazing ways. I hope you have put your name out in So. Cal as a substitute--when I was there I was very popular as a sub (as anyone who could find the on/off switch to the organ)! Talk to Mark Thallendar at Lake Ave Congregational in Pasadena--he's very well connected, altho the LA basin may be quite a drive for you.   Blessings   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Checking out a Conn 645 Theatre Deluxe From: Owen Jones <owenj@dynamite.com.au> Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 11:59:22 +1000   I replace all the these rods in a Conn 650 a couple of years ago, with excellent results, not a cheap job though. You will have to look at the pedal keyer circuitry, I don't have a manual for a 645, but a local tech could sought the problem out for you. These pedals are monophonic and always remember the last pedal played   Cheers   Owen