PipeChat Digest #414 - Monday, June 15, 1998
 
THe Use Of Plastic tubing in organs
  by "gregory@mke.earthreach.com" <gregory@mke.earthreach.com>
Re: Conn organ sounds.
  by "Owen Jones" <owenj@dynamite.com.au>
re: George Formby
  by "Stuart Hanna" <stuart_hanna@yahoo.com>
Kimball organ Editorial, Worcester
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
The Rev. Dr. Oliver C. Rupprecht
  by "Weber, Richard" <rweber@aero.net>
Re: George Formby
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Re: George Formby
  by "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com>
Listings for the months of June and July on `Orgelwerke'
  by "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com>
Things to see & Hear in Washington D.C.
  by "gregory@mke.earthreach.com" <gregory@mke.earthreach.com>
Re: George Formby
  by "Jenny Moon" <bfus7@central.susx.ac.uk>
Re:  ADMIN POSTING - IMPORTANT  ALL READ!
  by <Scotgraph@aol.com>
Shrine Kilgen Specifications on the way.....
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Cross Post (was Re: Shrine Kilgen Specifications on the way.....)
  by <mewzishn@spec.net>
 


(back) Subject: THe Use Of Plastic tubing in organs From: "gregory@mke.earthreach.com" <gregory@mke.earthreach.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 98 06:17:28 -0600   Greetings:   I read a note this morning recommending the use of plastic to replace lead tubing in organs.   By plastic, do you mean the clear stuff that can be purchased at a hardware or tropical fish tank store? If this is what you are planning on using DONT!   The plastic material will lose it's elasticity and can come off connections. ALso, it has known to turn into a slimmy stickey mess!   Instead, use a high quality black rubber tuning that is available is various sizes from places like Player Piano Supply in Wichita Kansas. This material works well and has passed the test of time. Most quality piano technicians stay away from clear plastic tubing and use the black rubber tubing. (if you find some that is a lighter grey color, don't use it....it contains too much clay)   When our Skinner was moved in 1976 we used rubber tubing for connections to some of the offset pedal chests. It has worked great.   Tom Gregory  
(back) Subject: Re: Conn organ sounds. From: Owen Jones <owenj@dynamite.com.au> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 22:26:39 +1000   Try Sonic Creations, I rebuilt my 651 with their tone generators and filters   Cheers   Owen   Jason D. Comet wrote:   > I must say, there is no EASY way to re ajdust your sounds on your Conn. > > I am a fellow Conn owner. I own a 550 type 2. I am VERY pleased with > the sounds, but I am NOT fond of the manuals or pedalboard. > (Theatrette Style) > > The Conn Strings are not really designed for solo work or "string > ensamble" work. They were designed for "total ensemble" registrations. > > The only way I find that the strings sound good for "string ensambles" is > the Modifier. These are usually 6 (or any number of buttons) located > over the top manual and in the center of the rail. mine has a "4 Mellow" > button with makes them sound a 'little' better. > > The main reason that the strings sound that way, are because your > probably uses pulse waves to generate the pitch signal. I have yet > failed to try different tone generator waves o see if I can get a better > sound. (Mostly because I have NO idea where to get them!) > > The Conn Organs are known for their flutes. The flutes use sine waves to > produce the pitch signals and are keyed (in most organs) a different way > than the 'pulse' or 'complex' signals. > > If you would like any other help (from a person who has built, YES built, > his own Conn, literally 'rewired' an entire Conn, done several tunings, > and has replaced a pedal spring contact once.) just ask! > > Regards > 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: re: George Formby From: Stuart Hanna <stuart_hanna@yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 11:34:45 -0700 (PDT)   Jen   I too am a fan of George Formby (I thought I was the only one) but I have never heard that he was an organist or that he was interested in organ building. I too think I would have known about that.   If he could play the organ as well as he played the Uke, he can't have been bad. Watch yer reckon?   Stuart Hanna.   stuart_hanna@yahoo.com         _________________________________________________________ DO YOU YAHOO!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com    
(back) Subject: Kimball organ Editorial, Worcester From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 15:00:53 -0400   I am reprinting today's Editorial in the Worcester Telegram Sunday edition, it is the best response we have had yet, and the third article this week about the importance of this organ. Guess we started something! Thanks for all your postings, calls, and letters of concern to date.   A WORCESTER ASSET Preserving Auditorium organ is public responsibility The massive Kimball pipe organ at Worcester Memorial Auditorium is a municipal treasure that must be protected and preserved. As renovation work proceeds to accomodate relocation of the Worcester Juvenile Court, the 65 year-old organ is in danger of being damaged and entombed -- perhaps lost forever for use or possible sale. That must not be allowed to happen. The projected cost of disassembling the organ for storage is $150,000. Thus far, city officials have been silent about finding the money for that purpose. So the committee appointed by City Manager Thomas R. Hoover to deal with the organ's future is seeking private donations for the project. If money can be found in the private sector, that's all to the good. But make no mistake, the city cannot wash its hands of this municipal responsibility. It has an obligation to the historic instrument's safety and survival. The organ is public property, built into a memorial edifice owned by the city. The state will pay Worcester $1.17 million a year for leasing part of the auditorium for a temporary juvenile court facility. While most of that sum goes for renovation and maintenance, enough money should be set aside for the Kimball organ. Protecting the instrument is part of the renovation process. The Worcester Cultural Commission is urging the city government to do everything within its resources to preserve the organ for future generations in Worcester. The powers at City Hall would do well to heed that sound advice.  
(back) Subject: The Rev. Dr. Oliver C. Rupprecht From: "Weber, Richard" <rweber@aero.net> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 02:12:04 -0700   Dear List,   Next Sunday, Bethlehem Lutheran will observe the 70the Anniversary of the ordination to the Lutheran ministry of The Rev. Dr. Oliver C. Rupprecht, eminenet hymnoligist and educator. The music:   Prelude: Concerto in B flat for two trumpets and organ Fr. Manfredini   Allegro in G for violin and continuo Geo. Ph. Telemann Call to worship: From the Rising of the Sun Eric H. Thiman Proc. Hymn: The Lord my God be Praised Nun Danket alleGott Psalm 16 Chant: H.Walford Davies Aria from Messiah: How Beautiful are the feet Handel Lord Keep up steadfast Erhalt uns Herr O Lord of Hosts, Thou Glorious King All' Ehr' und Lob Words by Dr. Rupprecht Anthem: Greater Love John Ireland Magnificat Geoffrey Shaw Isaiah, Mighty Seer, in Days of Old Jesiah dem Propheten Postlude: Wie will ich mich freuen, Trumpets and Organ Bach/ Biggs   Yours,   Richard Weber   Dir. of Music    
(back) Subject: Re: George Formby From: Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 19:10:16 -0400   At 05:50 PM 6/13/98 BST, Jenny Moon wrote: >I was in the pub last night (for a change, don't think bad of me, I >was on the cola), and someone was trying to convince me that George >Formby (I don't know if he made it in the USA) was an accomplished >Organist with an interest in organ building.   >I wonder if anybody else has heard this and can tell me anymore.   Jenny, and any others that might be interested.   I do not ever remember anything that suggested that George Formby was an organist!   Window Cleaner, Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Racer, Ukelele Player, - organist? - I think not!   Bob Conway ...     Toccata: Piece for organ and maniac.   Fugue: Organists play a lot of these - and Organists play a lot of these - and Organists play a lot of these, - ad infinitum.        
(back) Subject: Re: George Formby From: Mac Hayes <mach37@ptw.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 17:33:35 -0700   Jenny Moon wrote: > ... and someone was trying to convince me that George > Formby (I don't know if he made it in the USA) was an accomplished > Organist with an interest in organ building.   My apologies for my flippant reply loosely based on the name "Formby." I had no idea of his stature until doing a Yahoo search on his name. There is nothing available on the WWWeb to indicate he ever traveled west of the UK, or had any involvement in organs or organbuilding. BUT, he seems to have been of the stature of the USA's George Burns, albeit not as long-lived. Has there been a movie, or TV Special, about this interesting entertainer that hasn't been seen in the US?   -- Mac Hayes mach37@ptw.com Cogito per aspera    
(back) Subject: Listings for the months of June and July on `Orgelwerke' From: "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 20:46:03 -0400   Greetings,   The following is a thumbnail sketch of what will be aired during the months of June and July on `Orgelwerke' over Classic FM in Central New York:   Sunday, June 7th: Two historic Kimball instruments in Denver, Colorado (in honor of the OHS and AGO Conventions).   Sunday, June 14th: Baroque music on the Fritts! (Robert Clark plays the Fritts organ at Arizona State University).   Sunday, June June 21st: Women composers for organ with organist Dr. Barbara Harbach.   Sunday, June 28th: Peter Baicchi at the organ of the Crystal Cathedral.   Sunday, July 5th: Organ fireworks for a 4th of July weekend (with music of Dudley Buck, Charles Ives, Edward Little White, James Hewitt, Edwin Eugene Bagley, and John Philip Sousa).   Sunday, July 12th: In tribute - George Wright (1920-1998) (selections include music from `My Fair Lady', `Brazilian Sleighbells', `My Romance', Hernando's Hideaway', `The Waltz in Swing Time', and `Quiet Village').   Sunday, July 19th: The three organs in Saint Laurenskerk, Rotterdam   Sunday, July 26th: Kathleen Scheide plays music of Liszt and Scheide on the historic Hutchings organ in the Mission Church, Boston.   `Orgelwerke' is aired every Sunday evening from 8 to 9pm over WCNY-FM, Syracuse, (91.3), WUNY-FM, Utica, (89.5), and Watertown, (90.9), in Upstate New York.   Cheers.   Bonnie Beth Derby orge@dreamscape.com                            
(back) Subject: Things to see & Hear in Washington D.C. From: "gregory@mke.earthreach.com" <gregory@mke.earthreach.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 98 20:00:01 -0600   Greetings:   My wife and I are planning a visit to Washington D.C., arriving on June 30 and leaving about a week later. Greetings:   Does anyone know of any musicial activities, other than the 4th of July Concert on the Mall (Which we can watch in air conditioned comfort from our daughter's office!)   Are there any organ recitals taking place during this time.   Who is the organist at National City Christian Church?   Feel free to forward information to:   gregory@mke.earthreach.com     thanks     Tom Gregory  
(back) Subject: Re: George Formby From: Jenny Moon <bfus7@central.susx.ac.uk> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 02:03:14 BST         > My apologies for my flippant reply loosely based on the name "Formby." > I had no idea of his stature until doing a Yahoo search on his name. > There is nothing available on the WWWeb to indicate he ever traveled > west of the UK, or had any involvement in organs or organbuilding. BUT, > he seems to have been of the stature of the USA's George Burns, albeit > not as long-lived. Has there been a movie, or TV Special, about this > interesting entertainer that hasn't been seen in the US? > > -- > Mac Hayes > mach37@ptw.com > Cogito per aspera >   George Formby.   Forgive this rather off-topic reply, but you Americans really dont know what you have missed out on.   George Formby was born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1904. He was the son of a music hall comedy entertainer, also George Formby. George Formby jnr (who changed his name from George Booth after seeing the name Formby written on a coal truck and thought it was some kind of message from his late father) shot to fame in the 1940s. He made many comedy films, in which he always played the happy go lucky idot, and always ending up with a stunning lady as a result. These films are really not to be missed. He was also awarded an MBE for his work entertaining the troops on the frount line in Germany during the second world war. Excellent good old black and white English comedy. The thing that first attracted me to George was his singing an incredible playing of the Ukelele. The sence of rhythm that man had and the speed at which he played it was amazing. Together with his cheeky singing voice and even cheekier grin it was one excellent act.   I could go on forever but I suspect I may be removed from the list for being OFF TOPIC. You really must talk your television people into broadcasting a film or two. You would be hooked!   For more info on George Formby go to:   http://freespace.virgin.net/peter.pollard/index.htm   This is the George Formby Society home page. Really worth a visit if you are to be educated on the greatest British comedian of all time!   Jen.   PS. Feel free to contact me privately if you wish to discuss my HERO! further.      
(back) Subject: Re: ADMIN POSTING - IMPORTANT ALL READ! From: <Scotgraph@aol.com> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 23:38:20 EDT   It might be to your advantage to encourage some of the most "frequent flyers" to curb their urges to reply to nearly EVERY topic, usually with inane comments. You know who these people are. Their names appear sometimes a dozen or more times within a 24 hour period. These people are making it more and more difficult for everyone on the list to wade through all these e-mails and a couple of them have nothing but snide comments to offer. They are NOT contributing much of real value OR interest to most of the list. Thanks! JDS  
(back) Subject: Shrine Kilgen Specifications on the way..... From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 01:14:08 EDT   Due to the many responses regarding celestes going down below tenor C and all that- I will get to work on the entire specifications for the Shrine of the Little Flower Kilgen and post them along with the "details" involving scaling, etc.   Scott Foppiano  
(back) Subject: Cross Post (was Re: Shrine Kilgen Specifications on the way.....) From: mewzishn@spec.net Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 01:49:49 +0000   Just a reminder, please: mark a cross-post as being a cross-post, as a matter of courtesy.   TIA.   Ken Sybesma