PipeChat Digest #281 - Sunday, March 1, 1998
 
Lowrey electronic---model L-65
  by Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw>
Helpful books re: being a Church Musician
  by Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw>
Re: Holy Name Cathedral
  by RSiegel920 <RSiegel920@aol.com>
Re: Holy Name Cathedral
  by RSiegel920 <RSiegel920@aol.com>
Re: Completely Wood Reed?
  by Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca>
 


(back) Subject: Lowrey electronic---model L-65 From: Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 15:06:42 +0800 (TAIST)   I have been asked to make inquiry about the possible resale value of a Lowrey electronic model L-65 organ. It has a walnut finish....   Although the organ has not been played probably more than 10 times, as it has been sitting, it "needs" some work, presumably with some of the key contacts....   Any relevant information would be greatly appreciated.     E-mails directly to me, please at flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw   Best wishes to all.     Morton Belcher  
(back) Subject: Helpful books re: being a Church Musician From: Morton Belcher III <flcg1018@fujens.fju.edu.tw> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 15:21:16 +0800 (TAIST)       Some time ago I tried to remember the name of a book that I purchased that I felt would help people as a Minister of Music or Org./Chm.   At that time, my memory failed me.... I have now found the book, plus one other book I recently acquired...   Although I have no financial connection with the books listed below, I offer them for your consideration:     Causey, C. Harry. Things They Didn't Tell Me About Being a Minister of Music. Rockville, Md.: Music Revelation. 7 Elmwood Court. 20850-2935 U. S. A. Phone 301-424-2956   about 235 pages. *very* legible print, by the way.   Topics:   1. They didn't tell me I would have to be a politican 2. be married to the job 3. have to be a financial wizard 4. a psychologist 5. a producer 6. a Bible scholar 7. a servant 8. an administrator 9. a personality 10. a disciplinarian     To me, this book has much more for the money than the book below... fortunately I got the book below on sale second hand ...   Wallace, Robin Knowles. Things They Never TEll You Before You Say "Yes." The Non Musical Tasks of the Church Musician. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press. 1994.   ISBN 0-687-28165-2 $9.95, probably. I think Abingdon has a 800 toll-free number.... give them a call.... 95 pages.   1. Managing the CHoir Room 2. Planing for the Rehearsal and for Worship 3. Processing and Recessing 4. The Budget 5. Managing your time 6. The Substitute organist or Pianist (a lot of helpful info here, IMHO) 7. Directing a handbell CHoir 8. Surviving the Children's CHoir Rehearsal 9. Personal Relationships and Avoiding Burnout    
(back) Subject: Re: Holy Name Cathedral From: RSiegel920 <RSiegel920@aol.com> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 02:23:48 EST   I t should be noted that recent changes in the flooring at the Cathedral, to the chagrin of the music staff, did much to "dry-out" the room. The accoustic is therefore significantly lacking.  
(back) Subject: Re: Holy Name Cathedral From: RSiegel920 <RSiegel920@aol.com> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 02:25:09 EST   Actually it is not carpeting but a porous type of flooring which is almost equally as deadly.  
(back) Subject: Re: Completely Wood Reed? From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Sun, 01 Mar 1998 02:29:34 -0500   At 08:34 PM 2/28/1998 EST, you wrote: > Yesterday I built a completely wooden reed boot. The block is maple and the >boot is maple. The shallot and tounge is cherry and the wedge is pine. It >works without a resonator. For the shallot I drilled a 1/2" hole in the >center of a 1" piece of wood, then put a dowel in the center and turned it >round on a lathe, would a square shallot work just as well? Will this work >for a bass octave of a 16' Posaune? If it has been used is it suggested, any >other suggestins about materials? > >-William Many European organ builders make wooden boots for their reeds. Most build them with square sides and have a square leather cover on one or two sides to allow a slight drum effect in the boot. I believe this was done to give the boot an effective size much larger than the boot itself thus allowing a better start up and smoother sound. There would be little point in turning a hollow round boot in a lathe. Nice work but really unnecessary. Some attempt to make each shallot graduated in size would be a good idea to allow for consistancy in tone quality. You mention a "tongue"(reed) made of "Cherry?" Ever considered Brass? Hey, whatever works eh? Wooden boots are more work than metal boots but they do give a smoother tone with less rattle in bass octaves.   The shape and size of the opening in the shallot and the size and shape of the reed itself determine the sound produced by the reed much more than the outer dimensions of the shallot or tha shallot material itself so a square shallot would be as good as a round one.   You could try using a tapered drill bit ( if you can find ones of the right taper) to give a different shallot shape and then just fill in the large end of the shallot with a wooden plug. Much like regular brass shallots are made. This would give you a different tone to the reed.   Getting a group of reeds to all sound the same (but playing different notes) is going to be your biggest problem. It's not an easy task so don't give up on your first try when things don't work as you expect.   Good luck and Happy pipemaking.     Nelson E. Denton R. A. Denton and Son Pipe Organ Builders Hamilton Ontario Canada   http://www.freeyellow.com/members/radentonson