PipeChat Digest #802 - Sunday, April 18, 1999
 
Re: Most Luscious Strings Poll
  by "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk>
Re: Wanamaker Strings
  by "antoni scott" <ascott@epix.net>
Belgian Franck Stamp
  by "Aida van de Brake" <Celeste@cable.A2000.nl>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by <ComposerTX@aol.com>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by "David McPeak <Mack>" <dm726@delphi.com>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by <flcg1018@mails.fju.edu.tw>
Technical Question
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Posted for a friend, please contact him directly
  by "Jack-Jr, Charles W" <JACKC@POLAROID.COM>
Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist?
  by "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by "jon" <jonberts@swbell.net>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by "Aida van de Brake" <Celeste@cable.A2000.nl>
Re: Technical Question ---  Wurli valves
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
RE: Technical Question ---  Wurli valves
  by "Tom Blackwell" <tom@pstos.org>
Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist?
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@hit.net>
Hello (and a book recommendation)
  by "Robert Carver" <RCARVER@skybest.com>
Re: Technical Question ---  Wurli valves
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison
  by "Barry and Claire Bodie" <bbodie@InfoAve.Net>
Re: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison
  by <Afreed0904@aol.com>
Re: Belgian Franck Stamp
  by "Jason McGuire" <jason@johannus-norcal.com>
Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist?
  by "Joe Vitacco" <jvitacco@interactive.net>
RE: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison
  by "Barry and Claire Bodie" <bbodie@InfoAve.Net>
Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist?
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@hit.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Most Luscious Strings Poll From: "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 17:26:12 +0100     Hi All,   Don't mean to be rude, but you're all wrong!!!   It is either the C-C at Notre-Dame de Paris, the Harrison & Harrison at Kings, Cambridge or St Mary Redclife, but I think what beats the lot of them is the disintegrating TO in our school hall!!!   Richard. =========================================================   This message was sent to you by Richard Pinel. rpinel@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk   ASCII stupid question... get a stupid ANSI    
(back) Subject: Re: Wanamaker Strings From: antoni scott <ascott@epix.net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 09:47:48 -0400   HI Robert:   I was aware that Audsley did promote a "string" division. Wanamaker actually distinguishes his string division as "Original String Division". I was wondering who took it to the 88 rank stage. Also did Audsley have three ranks per "stop" ( i.e. First Muted Violin 8' at Natural, Sharp and Flat ). It is the introduction of the third rank of a Flatted Violin that interests me. Since the Wanamaker String Division has First through Sixth Orchestral Violins, Muted Violins, as well as First through Sixth Dulciana ( Natural and Sharp) and 16's, 4's and everything else the mass of lush string sound adds a new dimension to the sound which cannot be achieved with a few ranks of strings.   Who came up with the "Flatted" Viol idea ? I think that the Unda Maris was supposed to be a "flatted" celeste as compared to a Voix Celeste which was a "sharped" celeste.     Antoni Scott   Robert Horton wrote: > > At 09:28 AM 4/17/99 -0400, you wrote: > >One must wonder at the genius of who ever came up with the idea to have > >such a large string division on a pipe organ rather than a few "Celeste" > >stops. By the way, who did come up with the idea ? > It was none other than George Ashdown Audsley. If you read his book, > you'll see numerous examples of him mentioning the need for a "massing" of > strings in orchestral playing. Looks like he got his wish. > > Robert Horton - DMA Student, University of Kansas > 1603 West 15th St. #207A, Lawrence, KS 66044 > http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~gemshorn/ > > "Five out of four people have trouble with fractions." > > "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: Belgian Franck Stamp From: Aida van de Brake <Celeste@cable.A2000.nl> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 16:15:17 +0200   Hello Everyone,   My friend is a stamp collector and she ran across a stamp dated 1989 from Belgium, in blue and pink, portraying Cesar Franck at the console, with 8 organ in the background and fragments of a manuscript and some other writing by the maestro.   It's a lovely piece of which I made some jpg-files.   If any of you are interested, let me know whether you would like to receive low or high resolution, or both. I'd be happy to email them to anyone interested.   Cheers,   Aida.  
(back) Subject: Re: Belgian Franck Stamp From: ComposerTX@aol.com Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 10:30:44 EDT   Aida, I'd love to get your Franck jpg.s. Thanks, Danny Ray  
(back) Subject: Re: Belgian Franck Stamp From: "David McPeak <Mack>" <dm726@delphi.com> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 10:38:30 -0400   Aida,   I would love a copy of both.   Thanks, Dave McPeak   Aida van de Brake wrote:   > Hello Everyone, > > My friend is a stamp collector and she ran across a stamp dated > 1989 from Belgium, in blue and pink, portraying Cesar Franck at > the console, with 8 organ in the background and fragments of a > manuscript and some other writing by the maestro. > > It's a lovely piece of which I made some jpg-files. > > If any of you are interested, let me know whether you would like > to receive low or high resolution, or both. I'd be happy to email > them to anyone interested. > > Cheers, > > Aida. > > "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: Belgian Franck Stamp From: flcg1018@mails.fju.edu.tw Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 22:48:26 +0800 (CST)   Hopefully someone can put such a .jpg file of this nice stamp up on a web site....   Best wishes,       Morton Belcher fellow Pipechat list member   On Sun, 18 Apr 1999, David McPeak <Mack> wrote:   > > Aida van de Brake wrote: > > > Hello Everyone, > > > > My friend is a stamp collector and she ran across a stamp dated > > 1989 from Belgium, in blue and pink, portraying Cesar Franck at > > the console, with 8 organ in the background and fragments of a > > manuscript and some other writing by the maestro. > > > > It's a lovely piece of which I made some jpg-files. > > > > If any of you are interested, let me know whether you would like > > to receive low or high resolution, or both. I'd be happy to email > > them to anyone interested. > > > > Cheers, > > > > Aida. > > > > "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 > > > "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: Technical Question From: ORGANUT@aol.com Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 11:27:30 EDT   Hi List,   I have a technical question which I need some feedback on. Recently I ordered some primary valve disc from Organ Supply Co. These valve disc are for Wurlitzer manual chest primaries. OSC represents them as being exact replicas of original Wurlitzer parts. The original primary valve disc I have encountered were made of a thin fiber disc with a layer of felt and leather glued to it. The original valve disc were orientated on the valve wire with a leather nut and very small green felt washer on each side of the disc. Organ Supply Co. says that the primary valve disc they sell are exact duplicates of the original Wurlitzer valve disc. However, their reproduction does not look like any primary valve disc I have come across in a Wurlitzer chest. In my opinion, the configuration which allows for use of leather nuts on each side of the valve disc allows the disc to wobble slightly so that it will seal properly on the valve seat. The OSC reproduction part doesn't allow room to use separate leather nuts, and has a single large leather nut glued on the fiber and leather disc stack which does not allow any wobble.   Question: Have any of you organ technicians or hobbyist used these OSC reproduction primary valve disc in a rebuild. If so, what are your observations and opinions? If not, what is your opinion?   Later, Phil L.  
(back) Subject: Posted for a friend, please contact him directly From: "Jack-Jr, Charles W" <JACKC@POLAROID.COM> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 12:47:46 -0400   Portable Positif organ: 3 ranks: string, flute, principal; plays 7 stops on one manual. Small footprint. Asking $3,900 or best offer. Buyer must pickup, were in the Boston suburbs.   Contact callman@necx.com.  
(back) Subject: Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist? From: "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 13:08:34 -0400   Greetings all,   Late in January I had a chat with Fred Hohmann about the Skinner at Grand Avenue Methodist. He stated that the water damage was indeed VERY serious. The church is a poor parish and probably would not be able to come up with the funds for repairs, (if repairs could be done at all)!   The way that he talked about it - it sounded like the organ was finished! A sad state of affairs for this wonderful instrument.   Please, if anyone has more to add, let me know. Meanwhile, I will try to dwell further into this story.   Best regards,   Bonnie Beth Derby Producer & Host ``Orgelwerke'' & ``Choral Traditions'' WCNY-FM, 91.3; Syracuse; WUNY-FM, 89.5, Utica; WJNY-FM, 90.9, Watertown Organist, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Syracuse orge@dreamscape.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Belgian Franck Stamp From: jon <jonberts@swbell.net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 12:44:59 -0500   I would be interested........as long as I don't get in trouble with the belgian government about it...   jonberts@swbell.net   Aida van de Brake wrote:   > Hello Everyone, > > My friend is a stamp collector and she ran across a stamp dated > 1989 from Belgium, in blue and pink, portraying Cesar Franck at > the console, with 8 organ in the background and fragments of a > manuscript and some other writing by the maestro. > > It's a lovely piece of which I made some jpg-files. > > If any of you are interested, let me know whether you would like > to receive low or high resolution, or both. I'd be happy to email > them to anyone interested. > > Cheers, > > Aida. > > "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: Belgian Franck Stamp From: Aida van de Brake <Celeste@cable.A2000.nl> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 20:54:08 +0200   Original message should read:   >>   (...) a stamp dated 1985(?) from Belgium, in blue, pink and purple, portraying Cesar Franck at the console, with 8 organ pipes in the background (...)   >>     Cheers,   Aida.  
(back) Subject: Re: Technical Question --- Wurli valves From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 14:33:49 -0500   Hi Phil... OSC had better take another look at Wurli. chests. You're description is indeed accurate, and OSC wrong. They should know better. Two leather nuts are necessary for individual adjustment of each note on Wurli. chests, even tho they were gang- drilled. AND........ the valves must have SOME wobble to them for good seating. A green felt washer on either side of each valve is also correct. Send those OSC valves back if you can, and point out their error.   Rick Veague dutchorgan@svs.net      
(back) Subject: RE: Technical Question --- Wurli valves From: "Tom Blackwell" <tom@pstos.org> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 14:56:15 -0700   To be fair, OSI does offer BOTH types of valves. Mr. Lyons must have ordered the self-threading fibre disc kind.   Tom Blackwell Seattle, WA tom@pstos.org   > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of > VEAGUE > Sent: Sunday, April 18, 1999 12:34 PM > To: e-mail organ chat > Subject: Re: Technical Question --- Wurli valves > > > Hi Phil... OSC had better take another look at Wurli. chests. You're > description is indeed accurate, and OSC wrong. They should > know better. Two > leather nuts are necessary for individual adjustment of each > note on Wurli. > chests, even tho they were gang- drilled. AND........ the > valves must have > SOME wobble to them for good seating. A green felt washer on > either side of > each valve is also correct. > Send those OSC valves back if you can, and point out their error. > > Rick Veague dutchorgan@svs.net > > > > "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: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist? From: Frank Johnson <usd465@hit.net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 20:02:29 -0600   >The way that he talked about it - it sounded like the organ was finished! >A sad state of affairs for this wonderful instrument. >     Thank you for that information. It sad.   Frank   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Hello (and a book recommendation) From: RCARVER@skybest.com (Robert Carver) Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 21:11:56 -0400 (EDT)   Hello Chat List;   I gather that something of an introduction is appropriate in this list group. So it is that I explain that I am a retired programmer and that it is my ambition to become an amateur organ builder, an occupation to which I had originally aspired in my youth. To that end I have been assembling and equipping a shop, and learning to adjust, maintain and use its tools and equipment. I have no real background in woodworking and very little in the way of things mechanical. (About things electronic or electromechanical know (or new) somewhat more.) I have also been spending the winters writing computer programs to assist me in this endeavor. And, of course, reading. I rate my general progress, in both the good and bad sense, as glacial.   The shop is not yet heated so it opens for the year when I can safely leave my water stone submersed and the shop closes when that is no longer true. My second season in the shop started about three weeks ago and I am in heaven.   I will be up-front with this, I am a hard-core-techy-nerd with some interests in the arts and no people skills. I'm here to see if anyone on the list just wants to get down and talk technical with enthusiasm. And to _that_ end....   I have always had an appreciation of and an affinity for trees and wood but no real understanding of wood as a material. So I have to tell you that one of the great pleasures of the past two and a half years was gaining a formal understanding of the dynamic anisotropy of wood--how it is that wood changes both in size and shape as a function of humidity--how to model that behavior quantitatively. And, how to use the understanding thus gained to properly orient the grain of the component parts of an assemblage of wood. Oh! Oh! Have thrill and satisfaction ever better been combined? In this regard I feel an overwhelming urge to praise a book. It's "Understanding Wood" by R. Bruce Hoadley. What a wood nerd's delight, what a tree techy's treasure is this book!   Best wishes to all,   Robert Carver (rcarver@skybest.com)    
(back) Subject: Re: Technical Question --- Wurli valves From: ORGANUT@aol.com Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 21:47:46 EDT   Tom,   OSI does indeed offer both types. However, when I called and talked to a sales rep. about the primary valves, they recommended what they called the "original design Wurlitzer" leather,fibre and leather valve. They identify this part as 6850.08. After looking at their catalog again, it is apparent to me that I should have obtained part #6850.18 which is what I have used in the past. I have been through a number of Wurlitzer main chest and offset chest and have never seen the #6850.08 primary valve used. OSI discourages one from returning parts by a rather stiff restocking and handling fee. Regardless of the policy, I will eat this one and get the right part.   Thank you for the reply and info. This type of information exchange is what makes the internet so useful.   Later, Phil L.  
(back) Subject: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison From: Barry and Claire Bodie <bbodie@InfoAve.Net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 22:17:54 -0400   The new Harrison and Harrison organ at St. James Church in Hendersonv= ille, NC was dedicated this afternoon. The organ was first played Easter Su= nday. The musical portion of the Evensong service is as follows:   Voluntary:=09=09Prelude in D-minor=09=09=09Johann Pachelbel   Introit:=09=09Cantate Domino=09=09=09=09Giuseppe Pitoni   Processional:=09"Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"=09Grosser Gott   Psalm=09=09=09"Laudate Dominum"=09=09=09=09C.V. Stanford   Magnificat=09=09D-Major=09=09=09=09=09Herbert Brewer   Nunc Dimittis=09D-Major=09=09=09=09=09Herbert Brewer   Doxology with Allelulias=09=09=09=09=09Lasst uns erfreuen   Sermon Hymn=09"When in Our Music God is Glorified:=09Engelberg   Anthem=09=09Christ is Made The Sure Foundation=09Henry Purcell   Recessional=09=09"O Praise Ye The Lord"=09=09=09Laudate Dominum   Voluntary=09=09"Now Thank We All Our God"=09=09J.S. Bach (arr. Virgil= Fox)   As you can see, the service was fairly Anglican with representative p= ieces by prominent Baroque, Romantic and contemporary English cathedral mus= icians. The most interesting part of the service was when Dr. Otho Hoyte play= ed the fairly challenging organ accompaniment from C.H.H. Parry's anthem "O = Praise Ye The Lord" for the last stanza of the hymn. It made the hair on my = neck stand up. The other piece, which was very well done, was Virgil Fox's arrangement of "Now Thank We All Our God." The Orchestral Trumpet was= used extensively throughout the service, not having been heard from since = Easter Sunday save a few bars in this morning's postlude, the Stanley Trumpe= t Voluntary.   The organ is thoroughly English in every aspect, from the Principal C= horus on the Great to the Willis-inspired Full Swell, including a Cornopean= .. The Orchestral Trumpet is a horizontal reed on 10" wind pressure, which s= peaks =66rom behind the fa=E7ade of the organ. It is a true "party horn" in= every respect.   The acoustics of the church are nothing short of marvelous. The sanct= uary is of stone and plaster with a hard, varnished wood ceiling and a slate = floor. Pew cushions are nowhere to be found. Every sound of the organ can be= heard =66rom anywhere in the church, no matter how soft.   The Director of Music is Beverly Ward. He studied at Furman Universit= y and moved on to Indiana University. He also studied with Leo Sowerby for = an extended period of time and replaced him in at least one church posit= ion in Chicago. Some of you more familiar with Sowerby's career will be able= to recall the name of the church. Bev played the initial prelude and the= n moved on to direct the choir during the dedication service.   Dr. Otho Hoyte is a research chemist at a local industrial concern. H= e is originally from Barbados and I know nothing about his musical trainin= g other than to say he is a very credible organist who plays in a very Britis= h style. His wife is also a member of the choir and has a very beautifu= l, powerful soprano voice.   Is this what you would expect of a backwoods Southern small town? A thoroughly English organ in an acoustically perfect church, presided = over by a student of Leo Sowerby with a peal of Whitechapel Bells and an assi= stant organist from Barbados? Stay tuned for more miracles from the mountai= ns of North Carolina where Simon Preston gives the dedicatory recital on th= e new three-manual Casavant at First Methodist Church in Waynesville on 30 = April.   Specs of the Harrison and Harrison organ at St. James Episcopal Churc= h in Hendersonville, NC can be found at:   http://www.harrison-organs.co.uk/hendersonville.html      
(back) Subject: Re: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 21:49:07 -0500   Barry and Claire Bodie wrote: > > The new Harrison and Harrison organ at St. James Church in Hendersonville, > NC was dedicated this afternoon.   I looked at the website and this certainly seems like a fine instrument. I have long been a fan of Harrison & Harrison. One thing puzzles me, however. Since the designer of this instrument was obviously influenced by those of Arthur Hill and Arthur Harrison, why was it built with electro-pneumatic action? I was baptised in a church that has a very fine three-manual Arthur Hill. It is a tracker. Most of Arthur Harrison's instruments were tubular-pneumatic (though the smaller ones were tracker), but even those had tracker pedal couplers so that you would see the notes pulled down and see what notes were "missing." There was not a time (not even in the 1950's) when Harrison & Harrison (and for that matter J.W. Walker & Sons; Hill, Norman & Beard, and Mander) were not building at least *some* (mostly small) tracker instruments. Over 75% of new instruments built in England today are tracker (which compares with about 90% in the rest of Europe), and most of Harrison & Harrison's recent *new* instruments (big and small alike) have been tracker. Why not this one? I am not saying there is not a good reason, but enquiring minds need to know?   John.  
(back) Subject: Re: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison From: Afreed0904@aol.com Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 23:21:02 EDT     In a message dated 4.18.99 10:51:15 PM, jlspeller@stlnet.com writes:   <<Over 75% of new instruments built in England today are tracker (which compares with about 90% in the rest of Europe), >>   John:   I'm not even informed enough to know whether this is an impossible question; and from a lesser person than you I would not presume to ask it. But would you have any idea what the corresponding figure would be for North America?   Alan  
(back) Subject: Re: Belgian Franck Stamp From: "Jason McGuire" <jason@johannus-norcal.com> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 20:59:31 -0700     >If any of you are interested, let me know whether you would like >to receive low or high resolution, or both. I'd be happy to email >them to anyone interested. > >Hello Aida,   I would appreciate receiving them ... thank you.   Jason  
(back) Subject: Re: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist? From: jvitacco@interactive.net (Joe Vitacco) Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 00:26:42 -0400   The Swell division of this organ was badly damaged by water. The organ is not totaled. The organ isn't for sale. Let hope the church can have it repaired. Many other organs like U of Michigan have taken baths and still live. Lets hope.     Joe Vitacco <www.greatorgancds.com>      
(back) Subject: RE: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison From: Barry and Claire Bodie <bbodie@InfoAve.Net> Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 00:31:16 -0400   I suspect the reason is the preference of the organist and the location of the organ (divided in two cases on either side of the chancel). There was also a desire to have a portable console which could be positioned so the player could be easily seen during recital programmes. As a matter of fact, the entire altar/nave complex is movable and designed to be changed for various needs of the congregation. For example, a crossing altar is the usual configuration wtih the choir seated immediately behind and the console placed off to one side. This could be changed at a moment's notive into some other configuration such as divided chancel with the altar placed well behind the choir.   > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of > John L Speller > Sent: Sunday, April 18, 1999 10:49 PM > To: PipeChat > Subject: Re: Hendersonville, NC Harrison and Harrison > > > Barry and Claire Bodie wrote: > > > > The new Harrison and Harrison organ at St. James Church in > Hendersonville, > > NC was dedicated this afternoon. > > I looked at the website and this certainly seems like a fine instrument. > I have long been a fan of Harrison & Harrison. One thing puzzles me, > however. Since the designer of this instrument was obviously influenced > by those of Arthur Hill and Arthur Harrison, why was it built with > electro-pneumatic action? I was baptised in a church that has a very > fine three-manual Arthur Hill. It is a tracker. Most of Arthur > Harrison's instruments were tubular-pneumatic (though the smaller ones > were tracker), but even those had tracker pedal couplers so that you > would see the notes pulled down and see what notes were "missing." > There was not a time (not even in the 1950's) when Harrison & Harrison > (and for that matter J.W. Walker & Sons; Hill, Norman & Beard, and > Mander) were not building at least *some* (mostly small) tracker > instruments. Over 75% of new instruments built in England today are > tracker (which compares with about 90% in the rest of Europe), and most > of Harrison & Harrison's recent *new* instruments (big and small alike) > have been tracker. Why not this one? I am not saying there is not a > good reason, but enquiring minds need to know? > > John. > > "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: E.M.Skinner Grand Ave. Methodist? From: Frank Johnson <usd465@hit.net> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 23:33:44 -0600   >The Swell division of this organ was badly damaged by water. The organ is >not totaled. The organ isn't for sale. Let hope the church can have it >repaired. Many other organs like U of Michigan have taken baths and still >live. Lets hope.     Thank you so much for the encouraging post. I do hope the organ can be revived again.   Frank   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156