PipeChat Digest #459 - Tuesday, July 21, 1998
 
Biltmore Estate Visit
  by "Dr. Darryl Miller" <OrganDok@safari.net>
REVIEW: Lyn Larsen ROCKS SanFilippo Victorian Palace
  by <TonyIn219@aol.com>
Robert Morton Stop Tabs
  by <Victorgan@aol.com>
Re: Biltmore Estate Visit
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs
  by "Mike Langford" <mike5@indian-creek.net>
John's review of Hopeful Heart - further comments
  by "Steve Margison" <steve@organman.com>
Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs
  by "Lee Catlett" <lee@bitwiseinc.com>
Re: REVIEW: Lyn Larsen ROCKS SanFilippo Victorian Palace
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Shirley.
  by "Vincent" <vlefevere@unicall.be>
Re: Robert Morton Help
  by "Lee Catlett" <lee@bitwiseinc.com>
Re: Shirley.
  by "Ron Yost" <musik@tcsn.net>
Re: Shirley.
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Shirley.
  by "Kurt Kehler" <kmkehler@compuserve.com>
Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs
  by <PipeLuvr@aol.com>
FWD: Note from Shirley
  by "Aministrator" <admin@pipechat.org>
Re: FWD: Note from Shirley
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Organ Week @ Wesminster Choir College
  by "Jill Schultheis" <nachthorn@hotmail.com>
CFRC-FM on Real Audio
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Shirley?
  by "Bob Nickel" <rnickel@itol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Biltmore Estate Visit From: "Dr. Darryl Miller" <OrganDok@safari.net> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:08:29 -0400   Hi, Y'all!   I remember a small series of posts a few weeks ago on the organ (or not) at the George Vanderbilt Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina. Last Friday, my wife, daughter and I visited Biltmore. It was a wonderful day and I loved every tidbit of information heard on the cassette tape-guided tour. Our daughter wanted to do the behind-the-scenes tour, but alas, there wasn't time. When I purchased the tickets, I was surprised at the $29.95 admission price ($22.95 forAnnie, since she's 11 years old), but after was said and seen, it really was worth it.   When we were in the basement and near the staff quarters, I saw an organ blower, and read on the sign on the door, that this room formerly was something-or-other, but now would house the blower for the organ to be installed in 1998 in the large banquet room on the main floor.   There were a few boxes of pipes stacked in this litle room which were marked "J. Allen Farmer -- Biltmore Skinner." Then two boxes of pipes were labeled, "vox h", and "flugel horn."   I know some of you know more about this, but I wanted to report on my visit to the Biltmore. If you have the chance, don't miss this. Also, the Billy Graham Training Center, the "Cove", is nearby, too, and worth the quick (and free) visit there. It is a beautiful place dedicated to Bible study, etc. The Chapel at the Cove is beautiful and has re-used some wooden pews and pulpit from 19th Century England. There is a small Steinway grand and an Allen organ. The bookshop and the memorabilia from many of the Graham crusades make this a have-to, too!   Yours, back home from too many weeks being away, I am,   Darryl by the Sea Fort Lauderdale, FL  
(back) Subject: REVIEW: Lyn Larsen ROCKS SanFilippo Victorian Palace From: <TonyIn219@aol.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:41:56 EDT   Just wanted to post a note real quick before I hit the hay.   EVER SAT ABOUT 100 FEET FROM 5 CHAMBERS AND 8,000 PIPES? I'm gonna take part of the day off and shop for a Miracle Ear Hearing Aid.   Hopeful Hearts was AWESOME! Lyn Larsen was INCREDIBLE. One of my favorite songs in the whole world, the Grand Tarantelle for piano and organ by Gottschalk, was played effortlessly and glamorously <sorry, I'm tired and not coming up with great adjectives.>   Anyway, the HOME, all 44,000 square feet of it, is beyond description. The big surprise was the Eden Palais Salon Carousel. MON DIEU!!! WHAT A FACADE!!!! I was expecting a Merry-Go-Round, but instead found the Biltmore Estate of Carousels.   As for the organ itself, I was prepared for an open console, I even brought the music to ROmberg's Serenade (thanks to Steve Margison), but alas, the organ disappeared into the basement after the 2nd encore.   I got lots of pics. Me and Jasper, me and Lyn, me and the organ. I also took a pic from the top of the clock tower looking down at the driveway and some pics of the more amazing (hard to judge which is more amazing than another) music machines.   The entire house, including the kitchen, Jasper's study, the living room, the Solarium, the dining room and even the laundry room were open to the public. I understand this was either a first, or a rarity.   To prove it, I got a pic of me in front of the washer and dryer.   It was a mind-boggling afternoon, full of great fellowship, great entertainment, and stupendous music.   BTW: FOr all the nattering naysaysers of negativism who complain about the SanFillipo organ's acoustics on CDs, the organ "live" is AWESOME and the acoustics are marvelous. I bought Simon Gledhill's Carousel CD and it sounds as good as (or better) than any recording any one else has made at any other venue.   Where I once was so proud of my $900 Lowrey Symphonic Theater Organ, I'm beginning to realize that I need to move up. Now that I'm hearing all of these incredible pipe organs, I am starting to feel kind of like Frederick in "The Pirates of Penzance" when he suddenly realizes that "Ruth" is not the youngest or fairest maiden of them all, althuough she's spent a lifetime telling him just that. Damn those Lowrey salesmen!!!   I think I'm gonna start selling off some things that no longer please me so I can build a pole barn and get a George Wright Allen or a Rodgers 360 or maybe a Conn 653 or something to start with.   Anybody interested in a black-on-black-on-black leather 1979 Volvo Bertone SE Sport Coupe with 40,000 miles? Or a MINT, gold over black leather (Pebble Beach 1 or 2) 1967 Buick Riviera GS with only 109,000 miles? Suddenly they bore me, go figure!!!   VIVA LES PIPES!   John Carrington Chesterton, Indiana How can I go to the office tomorrow when I lunched at Shangri-La today?      
(back) Subject: Robert Morton Stop Tabs From: <Victorgan@aol.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 09:11:02 EDT   Anyone interested in Robert Morton Stop Tabs? I have all the tabs from a 3 manual 22 rank console that are being replaced. If you are interested, privately E-Mail me and I will provide a compete listing of all tabs.   Vic Victorgan@AOL. COM  
(back) Subject: Re: Biltmore Estate Visit From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:37:26 -0500 (CDT)   At 08:08 AM 7/20/98 -0400, Darryl wrote:   >When we were in the basement and near the staff quarters, I saw an organ >blower, and read on the sign on the door, that this room formerly was >something-or-other, but now would house the blower for the organ to be >installed in 1998 in the large banquet room on the main floor. > >There were a few boxes of pipes stacked in this litle room which were >marked "J. Allen Farmer -- Biltmore Skinner." Then two boxes of pipes >were labeled, "vox h", and "flugel horn."   Although it was always intended that Biltmore should have a pipe organ, the instrument was never installed and it is only now that one is finally going in. The instrument to be installed this fall is E. M. Skinner Op. 248, a two-manual originally built in 1916 for the residence of Mrs. Cornelius Rea Agnew in Armonk, New York, and later moved to the Presbyterian Church, Bedford, New York. The relocation to Biltmore is being undertaken by John Allen Farmer of Winston Salem, North Carolina, husband of past OHS President Kristin Farmer.   John.    
(back) Subject: Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs From: Mike Langford <mike5@indian-creek.net> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:52:33 EST   Hi Vic: Let me see the list, please, and also the price you expect to get for them. Thanks, Mike At 09:11 AM 7/20/98 EDT, you wrote: >Anyone interested in Robert Morton Stop Tabs? I have all the tabs from a 3 >manual 22 rank console that are being replaced. If you are interested, >privately E-Mail me and I will provide a compete listing of all tabs. > >Vic >Victorgan@AOL. COM > >"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: John's review of Hopeful Heart - further comments From: "Steve Margison" <steve@organman.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:55:48 -0500   John Carrington has posted a very nice review of Hopeful Heart and Sanfilippo's this weekend, and his exuberance for the experience shows well (and is understandable!). However, John failed to make mention of Lyn Larsen's two guests: Tony Fenelon of Australia, and Rob Butler of Phoenix. Tony and Lyn played a number of duets (Tony on the grand piano), including the Grand Tarantella that John mentioned. Tony and Lyn were in perfect synchronization and appeared to be having a great time together. The combination of their immense talents made for some of the best music I've heard at The House Jasper Built. I can only hope that the MIDI recorder was running and that one or more of these selections will find their way to a future album (listening, Mr. Ridgeway???).   Lyn's second guest was baritone Rob Butler of Phoenix, AZ. (I hope I have the name right.) Normally, I am not a big fan of organ/vocal duets, but Lyn and Rob worked very well together and the result was most delightful. Being an ex-choral singer and having heard many excellent soloists, I was delighted by the very mellow, yet robust, sound of Mr. Butler's baritone voice. Being a baritone myself, I was surprised at the upper range of his voice -- slightly higher than normal for a baritone. His rendition of "Danny Boy" left no eye dry -- including his own. He showed enormous raport with music ranging from "Everyday's a Lady's Day" to a beautiful "pasta and wine" song whose Italian name escapes me right now.   David Junchen's presence was felt -- make that heard -- a total of three times. The story is that Mr. Junchen, who did not live to see the creation of his magnum opus, nevertheless makes his presence known by little glitches every once in a while. Yesterday there were three such "Junchenisms", to the amusement of those that have been at Sanfilippo's multiple times. This is NOT to criticize the instrument. As we all know, even the best maintained organ (which is Sanfilippo's, of course) has many opportunities for glitches to strike. The fact that they do not strike more often at Jasper's is testament to Robert Ridgeway's and Curt Mangel's outstanding stewardship of the instrument. (Methinks the oil burns late tonight, though!!!)   I won't review the rest of the performance or the house, as John Carrington has already done that, and done it well. This was the first time that Hopeful Heart was done on two days, and attendance on Sunday was less than the usual crowd at the past single day performances. That's actually good, because it allows future concerts to grow into the new two-day schedule. For the time being, it also made the food line shorter!   The Hopeful Heart concert is, by any evaluation, the yearly social high point of the American theatre organ scene. And if yesterday is any judge, it will continue to be so for many years to come.   Finally, congrats to Jasper and Marion Sanfilippo on the two recent honors accorded their home and their efforts in support of the pipe organ art. They were named honorary members-of-the-year at the ATOS convention, and their organ has been named to the Historic Register of Organs.   For more information on the Hopeful Heart concert and to be placed on next year's mailing list, email Kerry Hughes at musicon@swlink.net.   See you at Hopeful Heart #7 next year!!!!!     |===================== Steve Margison =====================| |=== Staff Organist, Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, IL ===| |Organs, Theatres, Ham Radio, Lots of things at my WebSite:| | www.organman.com | |==========================================================|    
(back) Subject: Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs From: Lee Catlett <lee@bitwiseinc.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 10:28:10 -0400   Hi Vic, I am just in the beginning stages of dragging my 2/9 out of storage and would love to see the tabs and could probably use them in my restoration if in reasonable condition. Also would love to chat with you and your sidekicks on the do's and don'ts of putting mine back together if I could. I know there are people out there with all kinds of expertise but I unfortunately don't know any Morton people. Any names with email or other addresses you could share would be greatly appreciated.   Sincere regards,   Lee   Victorgan@aol.com wrote:   > Anyone interested in Robert Morton Stop Tabs? I have all the tabs from a 3 > manual 22 rank console that are being replaced. If you are interested, > privately E-Mail me and I will provide a compete listing of all tabs. > > Vic > Victorgan@AOL. COM > > "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: REVIEW: Lyn Larsen ROCKS SanFilippo Victorian Palace From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 12:05:11 -0400 (EDT)   John, While the stars are still in your eyes, build your barn, but for God's sake don't waste your money on an electronic. It will only delay your dream...... ask any church that bought one o them interim machines!   I was going to go for the black-on-black-on-black leather 1979 Volvo Bertone SE Sport Coupe but I checked the garage and I already have one! ;-)   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: 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: Shirley. From: "Vincent" <vlefevere@unicall.be> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 12:24:22 +0200     -----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- Van: Ruth <theraven@istar.ca> Aan: Pipechat (E-mail) <pipechat@pipechat.org> Datum: zondag 19 juli 1998 20:02 Onderwerp: Shirley.     >Oh Shirley, > >Please don't go!!!!! > >Vicki > >Oh Shirley, ( Me too!!) >That was my reaction Vicki. This list has lost a very important, knowledgeable and interesting member. >That is really too bad. >I shall miss Shirley's postings. > >Ruth   This is the Voice of Flanders (Belgium): Shirley, don't quite please! Only those who hurt your feelings will feel better, or... maybe regret their behaviour on the list. Let's hope the latter is right! So come back please! Vincent      
(back) Subject: Re: Robert Morton Help From: Lee Catlett <lee@bitwiseinc.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 13:54:34 -0400   Bob, Thanks for the reply and suggestions. I don't think I can come up with the 40' so I'll have to think a bit smaller. I'll look at those tabs and let you know. Can't remember the other stop either. It's been a while since I've seen the beast.   Regards,   Lee   PipeLuvr@aol.com wrote:   > In a message dated 7/17/98 7:35:29 AM Central Daylight Time, > lee@bitwiseinc.com writes: > > > I'm in the beginning stages of dragging my 2/9 Robert Morton out of > > storage and finally seeing what it sounds like and I need some > > experienced soul to answer a few questions. > > Best of luck on your project! I am on the maintenance commitee for the > Dallas Lakewood Theatre 3/8 Robert Morton which is probably pretty comparable > in size to yours. We are in the process of dividing a "behind the screen" > single chamber into two chambers with a combined width of at least 40' ! ! ! > Those old Mortons were much bigger installed than their Wurlitzer > counterparts. I can get you exact chamber dimensions this weekend if you > like. > > As to chambers, those who know (or at least think they do!) say wide and > shallow chambers speak better than deep chambers. Additionally, most people > now say that the successful home installations usually have some sort of sound > tunnel or mixing hall so that the chambers DO NOT open directly out into the > performance room of the house. Often a fake wall or even chambers on a > different elevation are used to achieve this effect. > > As to you Morton, when you have the console out, I would love to ask you some > questions about stop tab colorings (you may have seen our recent posts) IF > yours is still factory original. Also is your ninth rank a Clarinet? > > Again, best wishes for success in your project! > > Bob Acker > Allen, TX > > "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: Shirley. From: Ron Yost <musik@tcsn.net> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 10:18:04 -0700   Yes, I agree .. pleeeeease come back Shirley.   And, I want to know why someone would hurt my cyber-friend so badly, when all she's been is a *positive*, knowledgeable, and *sharing* influence here. grrrr   Not fair!   Ron Yost, Paso Robles, Calif.  
(back) Subject: Re: Shirley. From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 15:07:42 -0400 (EDT)   Ok folks. Shirley's note said she left the list. If you want her to come back then you should write notes that she can read. They should be send to her e-mail address and not to the list. I don't have her address, but you can get it from the list, archives, or someone could post it.   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: 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: Shirley. From: "Kurt Kehler" <kmkehler@compuserve.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 15:34:38 -0400   pnst@itw.com          
(back) Subject: Re: Robert Morton Stop Tabs From: <PipeLuvr@aol.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 19:31:11 EDT   We are rebuilding the Dallas Lakewood Morton and are certainly interested in the tabs... could I get a copy of the list?   Thanks, Bob Acker pipeluvr@aol.com  
(back) Subject: FWD: Note from Shirley From: Aministrator <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 19:19:15 -0500   The following was received from Shirley who asked that it be forwarded along to the list.   David   ******************* Dear Friends,   I have been overwhelmed and humbled by all the expressions of support I've received over the past couple of days.   When someone - anyone - unsubscribes, it's for a variety of reasons, not just an emotional response to a fleeting moment in time. Sure, this event - since resolved - was the catalyst, but there were more reasons than that. For example, my already limited computer time has been cut once more due to my older daughter's discovering AOL and wanting to communicate with her newly formed friends from the Vocal Institute at Westminster Choir College. And I just don't have the time to wade through all the PipeChat posts any more, much as I'd like to.   Keep up the good work in your various positions, and John Carrington, I was excited to read (someone kindly forwarded your post to me) your excitement at hearing a theatre pipe organ. Magnificent instruments, aren't they!   I wish all of you the best in your various organistic endeavors. :)   --Shirley     Home page in progress: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/1413 ********************  
(back) Subject: Re: FWD: Note from Shirley From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 20:43:43 -0400 (EDT)   Oh gee! Do I hear tibias in the distance...   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: 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: Organ Week @ Wesminster Choir College From: "Jill Schultheis" <nachthorn@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 17:53:08 PDT   I'm baaaack! :) And what's all this with Shirley leaving? Was it someone on the list? I'm gonna miss the girl... :( I wanted to know if there will be anyone from this list instructing/attending the Organ Week for High School Students at Westminster Choir College this Sunday. I know there is someone on this list affiliated with WCC, but I can't remember who it is. Anyways, if anyone is, send me an e-mail. Later.   Jill K. Schultheis nachthorn@hotmail.com http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/4343     ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: CFRC-FM on Real Audio From: Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 22:54:04 -0400   To all my Cyber friends:   CFRC-FM Queen's Radio, is finally testing the Real audio set-up, and I am listening to a Jazz show as I type this.   This will mean that when "Voicings", (my organ and choral programme), returns in the Fall there will be a chance that some of you might be able to hear it. "Voicings" is off the air for the summer as I fill in when needed whilst other programmers take their holidays. - I shall be on vacation myself after the 2nd August for the rest of August. On the 2nd of August I shall be filling in for another programmer at 12.30 pm until 2.00 pm, with a programme called "The Bridge Between"   We are all rather pleased that this has actually come about, and our thanks to the Electronic Service Shop for all their help. However, there are some physical details that have yet to be attended to, which will mean that we will not be on-line at all times during July and August.   We are expecting to be fully up and running by the time the Fall Session begins, so you can look for us on your Web Browser.   Go to http://www.queensu.ca/cfrc and follow the "tune in" link.   Happy listening!   Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> http://www.greenford.demon.co.uk/bob/   Classics Director CFRC-FM 101.9 MHz Radio Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 CANADA        
(back) Subject: Shirley? From: Bob Nickel <rnickel@itol.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 22:02:02 -0500   Someone tell me (privately, please) ... what happened with Shirley?   Bob Nickel