PipeChat Digest #410 - Wednesday, June 10, 1998
 
My New/Old 1936 Wicks Pipe Organ (residence organ)
  by "Kevin Cartwright" <kevin1@alaweb.com>
(CROSS POSTED) Theatre Organ - Next generation.
  by "Brian Pearson" <bpearson@adelaide.on.net>
 


(back) Subject: My New/Old 1936 Wicks Pipe Organ (residence organ) From: Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com> Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 22:50:19 -0500   ((FROM: Kevin Cartwright))   Hello all!   Well, it's been three days since I've had the organ in the house, so I think it's about time to explain my new acquisition. I'm sure this is a nice addition to the residence organ topics on "PipeOrg-L," and interesting for others and non-listers. Several other people have been asking how the trip went, also almost telling me to do a trip write up, so, here it is. I have also sent it to several other neighbors and friends who might not have a clue as to what is going on until they read this letter.   Nothing was working out until the week before I actually went to St. Louis for the removal. Then, all the plans fell into place over a span of two days early that week. The flight was horrible. We were delayed everywhere we went. The first leg was from Montgomery on a smaller commuter company (a "Delta Connection" line), who crammed us onto a mid-sized prop plane. I'll just say that flying through a strong thunderstorm in one of those, well... Atlanta was also a weather nightmare. AND, we took off late after the plane's staff decided they'd show up about 15 or 20 minutes late. We flew streight for the lightning, but everything went O.K., and we were only about 45 minutes late to St. Louis.   At the airport, a nice man named Paul Carton met us at the gate, and drove us to the Ryder (rental truck) business, and we acquired the 15' truck. We then followed him to St. Louis Pipe Organ, who promptly sold us some nice pipe crates and boxes, along with several types of packing material. We arrived at the church late, but I still played the organ before the power was disconnected. I also got to meet a friend and fellow PipeChat-L member, John Speller.   Basically, the organ was out of the church and in the church after about 4 hours of work with a nice lunch break in the middle. We then drove to Highland, IL, where we were to tour the Wicks factory the next day. We found ourselves in the middle of the Highland residential area, and were trying to orient ourselves back to the main road in order to try to find a hotel. We accidentally stumbled upon Wicks' Aircraft Division. So, my father had to find the other part of the business, and he went inside the office. It turns out we were welcome to take the tour Friday, instead of our specially scheduled Saturday tour, and so that went on.   The factory was interesting. I got to play the best of three worlds, a Wicks digital organ, Wicks pipe/digital combo, and a Wicks (all) pipe organ. That complete pipe organ happened to be the Wicks theatre organ in the aircraft building. We also looked through the parts warehouse, and I was especially interested in a box tremulant they had for sale. All three, of course, were of exceptional quality (ESPECIALLY the all digital and theatre pipe organ). As a customer, I think Wicks has the best customer service of any pipe organ business. A note to Jack Jenkins; they showed me your office. (And I DID see the train on your desk ;-) The closest Wicks organ to you unknowing Greenville residents is at the First United Methodist Church, the one I play every week.   Anyway, with the unexpected early tour, we were out and driving by 7:00 p.m. CST. We drove without incident all night and arrived back here in Greenville, AL at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Everything dealing with the wind system was set up and operating Saturday night. The last thing I recall doing is making sure all the pipes were in order and all toes were in their proper holes. Sunday, after church, our electrician friend came over, and we had everything dealing with the electric end in order by mid-Sunday afternoon, and of course, the organ was playing. The pedalboard went on Sunday night, and I connected everything Monday morning. All there is left to do is tune the thing.   Someone told me they wanted me to set up their next organ, and another said they were surprised to learn it is already playing. Is there something strange about this timeframe?? Anyway, the lower 12 notes of the Bourdon 16' stop on this organ were replaced by quinting the Gedeckt 8' for space reasons, so I plan on buying the real thing again for the real 16' tone. But, everything is set up, and I have affected my new plan of only going to church once a week, and I have a nice practice instrument. It can also be shared with the neighbors if I open the window in the music/train room. It also bleeds through the outside wall a little, so you can still hear it outside, but not enough to bother our friendly neighbors.   What makes this organ a little more interesting than most is two basic facts. 1) The whole organ operates from one simple 120v 3 prong wall outlet plug. I unplug it when not playing. This will eliminate the chance for lightning damage when the organ is not supervised. 2) The organ is "fully temporary." Basically, I can remove the whole thing, and leave only an impression on the carpet. This organ IS small enough to take to college, and I plan on doing that. This organ also means Greenville has five pipe organs now, no longer four. :-)   So, the proud moment I've been waiting for...my stoplist: <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Great: 61 notes B Bourdon (TC) 16' A Open Diapason (1-12 B) 8' B Gedeckt Flute 8' C Viola Dolce (1-12 B) 8' A Principal 4' B Flute d'Amour 4' B Flautino 2'   Swell: 61 notes B Lieblich Gedeckt (TC) 16' A Diapason (1-12 B) 8' B Stopped Flute 8' B Quintadena (8' + 2 2/3') 8' C Salicional (1-12 B) 8' B Flute 4' C Violin 4' C Quintette 2 2/3' C Oboe (8' + 4' + 2 2/3') 8' Tremolo   Pedal: 32 notes B Bourdon (1-12 quinted) 16' B Bass Flute 8' A Octave 4' B Flute 4'   Resources: A: Diapason 4', 61 pipes, zinc & spotted metal B: Gedeckt 8', 85 pipes, stopped wood & metal C: String 4', 61 pipes, zinc & spotted metal <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>   So, I hope to add to the resource list- D: Bourdon 16', 12 pipes, stopped wood.   I owe thanks to: Alan Laufman (Organ Clearing House) Epiphany Episcopal Church (and Mike Schmidt and son) Paul Carton (technical advice and a lot of physical help) John Speller (advice, help, and suggestions) Alan Nagel (St. Louis Pipe Organ) Jack Jenkins and Mark Wick (Wicks Pipe Organ Company) Pat Richard (Greenville, AL, offered advice) James Reeves (Greenville, AL, did electrical work) and the list probably goes on for 20 or so more lines...   I will keep a 24 hour open console policy (well, at least while someone is at home and awake), so please feel free to arrange a visit if you live in Greenville, or are passing through the area. I am partially required to hold a dedicatory recital after the organ is tuned. More info on that later. So congradulations...you've made it to the end!   For now,   Kevin Cartwright Secondary Organist, First United Methodist Church Student, Greenville High School Greenville, Alabama List Owner, "Pipes and Trains" kevin1@alaweb.com (334) 382-7756 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Join "Pipes and Trains" at http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/pipes-trains An e-mail list for those who like organs, trains, or both. Most unrelated conversation welcome!! <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>    
(back) Subject: (CROSS POSTED) Theatre Organ - Next generation. From: bpearson@adelaide.on.net (Brian Pearson) Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:37:10 +0930   R. Obert <sam14@ix.netcom.com> wrote in separate postings:   >>This discussion is the best thing that has happened to theater organ in= years!.....By far the most comments that I got were in regard to the= spelling of theatre (satisfied?)<<   I DID get what you were aiming at in your posting about theatre and theater,= and was vastly amused at some of the directions into which the ensuing very= valuable discussion has led us. It was a little unfortunate for the gist of= your argument that countries with British origins like Canada, Australia,= and New Zealand generally spell the word the traditional way, but (in the= antipodes at least) call movie houses as well as "legitimate" theatres by= the same word. In England itself, the word "cinema" is generally used to= differentiate between the two.   Of course, what you were really suggesting is that we try to make the= theatre organ POPULAR and that we should do what we can to lose the rather= stuffy connotations that the word ORGAN generally arouses in the minds of= the general public. Here you were largely right, though theatre organ= playing at its best is a very real art form, and the instrument is to be= taken seriously. Nevertheless, it must also be popular if it is to survive.   Don't despair. There are young ones coming up who are taking the organ to= new frontiers. If you can, go to hear RYAN HEGGIE on the Berkeley= instrument in the Young Organist's concert at the ATOS convention. I= greatly enjoyed listening to him last night on our Capri 4/29, and was= there to lock up for him at the end of a late night practice session after= our revival screening of the James Dean, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor= GIANT finished on the previous evening. He is unique, owing his stylings to= no other organist, though when he plays ballads he has something of the= introspective quality of Buddy Cole. He is classically trained, leads a= jazz band of top teenage musicians (the drummer would give Gene Krupa more= than a run for his money), plays violin, and really swings when he gets= onto the four manuals. He is still 17.=20   The other young organist last night was another close friend CHRIS MCPHEE,= who is all of 23, and has been known in both Australia and the USA for= quite a few years now as a concert giver with a fresh approach. And what= about your own JELANI EDDINGTON? The theatre organ will never die so long= as he is around. Then there is SEAN HENDERSON, who belongs to three= countries - New Zealand, Australia and the United States. I know too, of= other fine Australian youngsters who are in the wings, if not yet fully= worthy of the international organ bench. If you've never heard England's= RICHARD HILLS, then you are really missing something, and RUSSELL HOLMES -= himself not exactly with one foot in the grave - told me recently that= there are one or two other lads in Britain with outstanding talent.=20   Don't forget that the "oldies" on the theatre organ concert circuit are not= standing still either. Almost every one of them is coming up with fresh and= exciting material all the time. You are right when you say that we must= revise our approach to publicity, and work to make the content of our= concerts enjoyable to our audiences. Ian McLean is right when he says that= we must not compromise artistic standards in doing so. There IS a future for the theatre organ, but it must be as an art form of= the highest order which, by virtue of that very fact, is able to arouse the= enthusiasm of ordinary people who have been ENTERTAINED by what they have= heard.=20   Regards,   Brian.=20 =20