PipeChat Digest #636 - Wednesday, December 23, 1998
Re: I don't see the light
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
John Angevine and CVTOS reply
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: I don't see the light
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>

(back) Subject: Re: I don't see the light From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 06:42:43 -0600 (CST)   At 09:44 PM 12/21/98 EST, Alan wrote: > >In a message dated 12.21.98 2:03:10 AM, BALD1@prodigy.net writes: > ><<But Bruce, if you don't look, how you going to find that last paper clip >you dropped right between the c and d pedals.>> > >Paper clip? It was a bratwurst with sauerkraut & mustard!   It is quite amazing how much some organists drop down their pedalboards, as us organ technicians have occasion to know. On one occasion I was called in by a church where there was a cipher on a pedal note. On taking out the the pedalboard I found several dozen pencils, hundreds of paper clips (one of which had got onto the pedal contacts and was causing the cipher), various kinds of cough drops and mints, a half-eaten sandwich, a pair of insoles from someone's shoes, numerous miscellaneous pieces of paper and dust bunnies, etc. The whole thing made a pile over six inches high on top of the console, which I left with a note about the problem in the hope that the organist would be more careful in future.=20 =20 M=F6ller organs are afflicted with a particular problem. Along the back of their pedalboards runs a groove just wide enough for a pencil to stick in. It is generally under the bench where it cannot be seen, and when a pencil rolls into it there is often a stuck pedal note. I have been called in numerous times for pedal ciphers only to make straight for the pedalboard and retrieve the pencil in the twinkling of an eye. On one occasion I had the same organist call me in twice for the same thing within a few weeks. You would think after the first time this customer would have thought of looking for the pencil, but apparently some people never learn!   John.    
(back) Subject: John Angevine and CVTOS reply From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:41:54 EST   I am sending this as an effort to reach John Angevine and or the CVTOS chapter. Something must be wrong with personal emails so this is an attempt to get to them.   John and/or Jane-   please contact me at (248) 582-0526. Thank you.   Scott F  
(back) Subject: Re: I don't see the light From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 11:02:46 -0500 (EST)   >It is quite amazing how much some organists > drop down their pedalboards, I'll have you know I don't drop down my pedalboard for just anyone!!!! ;-)   I have learned a very helpful trick of sliding a large piece of paper from a "table cloth roll" beneath the pedals. That way, at recovery time, all I have to do is carefully remove the paper and the collection of goodies collected therein. Dropped stuff causing cyphers reminds me of the time I went to tune a piano and the man complained of a loud clicking sound on a paritcular note. I checked and found a couple of dimes had been dropped between the keys and were causing the clicking. I turned to him and said, "well, correcting this problem is going to involve some change." He, thinking I meant "lots of change" suddenly looked very worried. The expression on his face was priceless when I handed him THE change involved. ;-)     ........................bruce cornely........................ o o o o ______________ o o o o d o g s ______________ o o h o o a o o ______________ o o p s   ............. cremona84000@webtv.net ............     Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. -- Mark Twain