PipeChat Digest #457 - Sunday, July 19, 1998
Re: Lack of Interest
  by "Cliff Benham" <cbenham@bellatlantic.net>
Lye catalogue from 1910 online
  by "Nelson and Tracy Denton" <ndenton434@bigwave.ca>
  by "Shirley" <pnst@itw.com>
Re: Lye catalogue from 1910 online
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Dennis Goward's Virgil Fox story
  by "Cliff Benham" <cbenham@bellatlantic.net>
Scanning Objects & De-Lurking (was Re: Lye catalogue from 1910  online)
  by "Adrianne Schutt" <maybe@pipcom.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Lack of Interest From: Cliff Benham <cbenham@bellatlantic.net> Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 09:34:45 -0400   I certainly don't want to sound entrepreneurial about such good will events as this but *I think* a lot of people would feel they were going to get something out of it (read: be more worthwhile) if it cost them something to attend. The old story about the folks in NYC who tried to start a pet grooming salon, and only charged 10 bucks, but got no takers, then advertised charging 75 and couldn't handle the glut of customers they suddenly had. Or the idea that if one pays $$$ to become a member of a personal weight control group, one will try harder to get something for his money. I realize fully that all this sound crass and rude in terms of what these events are intended to accomplish, but the reality in most peoples minds today is--- "you get what you pay for". My sincere best wishes. Cliff    
(back) Subject: Lye catalogue from 1910 online From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 14:11:14 -0400   Hi folks I've finally got around to posting the Lye Catalogue from 1910. Edward Lye and Sons were one of the major pipe organ building companies in Canada in the 19th century.   It's available @ http://www.freeyellow.com/members4/cmih   Still under very heavy construction but all pages 1-20 are up . ( it takes forever to load them onto my website.) They may take a while to load so be patient.   Pages 17-20 contain the first 215 Lye organs built. The company was around for another 50 years but it was no where near as good. Most pages contain photos of Lye organs.   I will work on the pics a bit more to get them a bit clearer and faster to load. ( I've been very busy as usual.) The pics look best under 256 colour or better resolution ( although you can see them at 640x480x16colour resolution). They were scanned in 8 bit grayscale at 150 dpi. Did you know that flatbed scanners can scan 3d objects as well as they can 2d pics? Just don't place anything too heavy on the glass plate.     The D.W. Karn catalogue from 1906 to follow soon.   If anyone else has any photos or catalogues of Canadian organs and pianos of the past I can scan them for you or I can post your own scanned pics to my website.   The Canadian Musical Instrument Heritage Website - preserving Canada's musical heritage one jpg at a time. Now if I could only figure out a way to make money out of it. :-(((  
(back) Subject: Unsubscribing From: Shirley <pnst@itw.com> Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 14:52:47 -0400   Do to an unfortunate exchange of words, I am unsubscribing from PipeChat immediately. Carry on all!   --Shirley  
(back) Subject: Re: Lye catalogue from 1910 online From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 14:59:18 -0400 (EDT)   Just for those who don't get both lists, I visited the Lye catalog site and the organs are beautiful, and remind me of the Hook & Hastings catalogs published by OHS several years ago. Don't miss it. Nelson has done a great job.   It's available @ http://www.freeyellow.com/members4/cmih   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: 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   At thieves I bark'd, at lovers wagg'd my tail, And thus I pleased both Lord and Lady Frail. --John Wilkes    
(back) Subject: Re: Dennis Goward's Virgil Fox story From: Cliff Benham <cbenham@bellatlantic.net> Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 17:48:06 -0400   There was a time when Fox had a more balanced "show" and program--the middle 60s when I was just out of high school and working for Jack Murphy, the Florida representative for the Reuter Pipe Organ Company. Jack called me to go with him to tune the Moeller for Virgil's concert at the Passadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I jumped at the chance. In those days, Fox' concert was a formal affair, very conventional, no theatrical lighting, no special effects, except those which he produced on the organ. He wore white tie and tails and the concert was quite propper. The audience 'dressed' for the occasion, which I remember as being first rate with several encores. I have the greatest respect for Fox and his artistic and technical abilities. But back to the rehearsal. When we came in, Fox was shaking the roof with the last of the Ten Byzantine Sketches. He played a number of the pieces in the concert program stopping at points for us to tune a reed here and there. I got to ask a few technical questions and about the recording of the Jongen piece, which he said, almost didn't happen. After we finished tuning, the press arrived in the church to interview him. ***Now the funny part*** While we finished putting the back on the console, Virgil stood in the very large pulpit and answered questions while the press was seated on the front row in the congregation. What they couldn't see and we could was that while he was in the pulpit being interviewed, he changed out of his rehearsal pants and into street clothes. There were a couple of people from the church music office there with us and we all got a chuckle from his antics. If those ladies from the newspaper had only known...        
(back) Subject: Scanning Objects & De-Lurking (was Re: Lye catalogue from 1910 online) From: Adrianne Schutt <maybe@pipcom.com> Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 03:19:51 -0400   At 02:11 PM 7/18/1998 -0400, Nelson Denton wrote: >Did you know that flatbed scanners can scan 3d objects as well as they can >2d pics? Just don't place anything too heavy on the glass plate. Yup, I did. In April I stuck a big piece (1' x 3' roughly) of my 1859 Steinway's damping mechanism in my Microtek flatbed. The serial # and the initials of someone involved in the manufacture of the piano were written on it in pencil, and I wanted to have proof of the piano's age before contacting Steinway for more info. The only thing you need to remember (other than to brace the scanner's lid and any protruding parts of the object being scanned so that they don't wobble or scratch) is that parts of the object not touching the glass will appear darker the farther away they are.   I've been back and lurking for the last 3 weeks or so...it's been about a year since I was on the list, and it's nice to be back. While I was offlist I developed a case of AKAS (Antique Keyboard Acquisition Syndrome)...the Northern Hammond E (whoops....is "Hammond" still a bad word?) and Leslie 147 I had last year have been joined by a few more Hammonds & Leslies, a pair of pump organs, and the Steinway. My playing's still laughable at best, but at least I get to play more instruments poorly. ;->   Have fun! Adrianne ;-> http://khyrstye.home.ml.org