PipeChat Digest #816 - Thursday, April 29, 1999
 
Re: Plane Sawn Caps & Dry Lumber
  by "Robert Carver" <RCARVER@skybest.com>
Re: No Subject
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mother's day music
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Re: just curious...........
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Re: just curious...........
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Re: just curious...........
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@bhsroe.k12.il.us>
Re: just curious...........
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Re:  Arp Schnitger Stamp
  by "Harry Tibbs" <tedtibbs@webtv.net>
Re: just curious...........
  by <OrganMD@aol.com>
Re: just curious...........
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Opus number to a piece.........
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: Opus number to a piece.........
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: the music of Henri Mulet
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
RE: PipeChat Digest #815 - 04/28/99
  by "Bass, Bill" <bbass@LibertyCorp.com>
Re: just curious
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: just curious...........
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Re: just curious
  by "j nathan" <jnatpat@sunsix.infi.net>
Marcel Lanquetuit............
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: just curious
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Opus number to a piece.........
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Marcel Lanquetuit............
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: just curious...........
  by <prswank@impop.bellatlantic.net>
pietro alessandro YON
  by "domenico severin" <dseverin@club-internet.fr>
Re: just curious...........
  by "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk>
Re: pietro alessandro YON
  by <RSiegel920@aol.com>
just curious
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Opus number to a piece.........
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
Re: Bossi CDs
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Re: just curious...........
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Just Curious ............
  by "Ron Pearcy" <ronniep@clear.net.nz>
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(back) Subject: Re: Plane Sawn Caps & Dry Lumber From: RCARVER@skybest.com (Robert Carver) Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 06:51:03 -0400 (EDT)   Much thanks for the help. I do have Mr. Boody's AIO tape, and have found it extremely valuable.   Robert Carver (rcarver@skybest.com)      
(back) Subject: Re: No Subject From: HDKarras@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 06:59:21 EDT   Hans-Dieter Karras Alter Zeughof 2 D-38100 Braunschweig Germany hdkarras@aol.com http://members.aol.com/hdkarras/index.htm  
(back) Subject: mother's day music From: Donald Pole <pandk@ciaccess.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 07:02:25     We often sing the traditional English carol "Seven Joys of Mary" from the Oxford Book of Carols. This satisfies those who are upset if the day is not recognized, as well as those who are upset if it is. There is nice 2-part version of the carol in K.K. Davis' first "Belfry Book". If we are still in the Easter season, it works for that too!   As far as the rogation theme + mother, there is a dramatic unison psalm-based anthem by Richard Peek "Praise the Lord Ye Servants" [pub. Gray]. One line reads; "He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children". A section of the anthem uses Tallis' Third Mode melody which was written about 1549, so there is a Book Of Common Prayer anniversary possibility as well. Wow!   Mother's Day is a successful commercial event only because it resonates so well at the personal level. Copycat holidays such as Father's Day and Grandparent's Day, etc. , often commercially created, are in no way as successful.   This is one of those occasions when the congregation has its own expectations, and why not relax a little for the day, even if it isn't listed in the liturgical church year.   Don  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 06:15:09 -0500   I'm everything below except a concert organist....nope, far from it ! :)   a 1 manual - 1 rk pipe organ with full pedal board (8' gedeckt)   robert   Mineral Point WI   ---------- From: Carlo Pietroniro <concert_organist@hotmail.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: just curious........... Date: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 10:29 PM   Hey all,   I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on?   Carlo   P.S. I have a Rodgers 960 (3-manual)       ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.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: just curious........... From: Myosotis51@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:00:58 EDT   In a message dated 4/27/99 11:30:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time, concert_organist@hotmail.com writes:   << I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on? >>     I'm a church organist/pianist. I have a piano at home.... and I have a key to the church, where I can practice on the Mighty Hammond as needed.   Vicki Ceruti Eastport, NY  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: Gary Black <gblack@bhsroe.k12.il.us> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 07:53:32 -0500   Hi Carlo, I am a church organist and we have a 1946 5 rank unit Wicks at church. I am installing a 12 rank 1905 Estey in my home on which to practice. Gary  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: GRSCoLVR@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:52:33 EDT   In response to Carlo's question, I play the organ and piano, not to concert specs for sure though. I also repair and tune pipe organs, and actually like that better than playing--at times! I do watch and clock repair work when the spirit moves me, and collect antique railroad signalling apparatus. Am installing an Estey Pipe Organ in my home as a retirement project, but won't throw away the Ashley Miller model 3m Allen TO after the Estey plays. Cheers, ---Roc  
(back) Subject: Re: Arp Schnitger Stamp From: tedtibbs@webtv.net (Harry Tibbs) Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:23:28 -0500 (CDT)     I would like very much to have the picture of the St. Jacobi stamp you mentioned today. I don't know whether webtv technology permits this however.   Thanks,   HE Tibbs    
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: OrganMD@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:11:50 EDT   Hi Carlo and list...   I am a church organist and a former choir director. Also my day job is as the sales rep. for Austin Organs, Inc., covering the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and the southern half of California.   Have a great day, Bill Hesterman  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: CoppBob@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:25:51 EDT   Dear Sand -- Nice to see your name and to know that all is well! All goes well here. Thanks again for the revised Skinner opus list -- I use it often. Our Ann Arbor chapter is hosting the regional AGO convention in June. It will be a busy time -- and a great program. Shalom! Bob Ann Arbor 10:25 EDT Wed 28 Apr  
(back) Subject: Opus number to a piece......... From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:32:18 EDT   Hey all,   does anyone know what the opus number to "Giga" by Marco Enrico Bossi is? Thanks.   Carlo     ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Opus number to a piece......... From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:39:29 -0400   >Hey all, > > does anyone know what the opus number to "Giga" by Marco >Enrico Bossi is? Thanks. > >Carlo > > It's in the Virgil Fox Book of Organ Music (approximate title), which I don't have handy. Maybe it's given there.   Professor Randolph Paul Runyon Dept. of French, Miami University Oxford, OH 45056 runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: Re: the music of Henri Mulet From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:39:35 -0400 (EDT)     >Henri Mulet. One of the great masters of the >"french romantic style" of composing...   >"Thou Art The Rock" and his popular > "Carillon-Sortie". Considered to be two of his > best works, it's a shame that many of the > young organists of the world don't play them > (as well as the rest of his music). When > speaking to several organ students after a > concert, many of them had never even heard > of "The Byzantine Sketches". Is this fabulous > collection slowly disappearing from the organ > world? I had NEVER heard the Byzantine Sketches, except for "Tu es petra" until I got the CD by Thomas Murray at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Austin 4/80). The music is absolutely exquisite, especially the quiet pieces, which this organ does beautifully. The CD is AR6111 in the Arkay Artists Series. Tom Murray, of course, explores the full compass of the organ's tonal palette. These pieces are well worth getting out and learning. I use parts for preludes, and the congregation seems to like the "harmonic bath" they get while listening; it's lush, but clean and logical. I recommend the Byzantine Sketches as well.   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net   If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. --Woodrow Wilson    
(back) Subject: RE: PipeChat Digest #815 - 04/28/99 From: "Bass, Bill" <bbass@LibertyCorp.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:42:04 -0400   Carlo Pietroniro wrote: > > <snip> > > I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church > organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ > enthusiasts. >   I am not an organist, can't play any musical instrument :^( But I am an avid music fan. I am also into trains and clocks, so I guess a fascination with complex mechanical things when combined with my love of music kindled an early interest in the organ. Even though I can't play, I also have a yearning to build/own a pipe organ.   Bill Bass (bbass@bigfoot.com) Sr. Consultant Programmer/Analyst Advanced Technology Systems Inc. Greenville, South Carolina, USA  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:42:40 -0400 (EDT)   >j=A0nathan > is church organist/choirmaster for St. Peter's > of the Lakes Episcopal and organist/asst > choirmaster for First United Methodist Church > in Benton Kentucky. Makes for an interesting > Sunday morning....to say the least! At least it's not Methodist and RC, so that you don't have to remember whether to say A-men or AH-men!! nyuk nyuk   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net   If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. --Woodrow Wilson    
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: DRAWKNOB@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:53:53 EDT   Carlo,   I'm an Organist/Choirmaster, and sometimes I give concerts (however I would NOT consider myself and Concert Artist).   I have a WurliTzer reed organ in my home (2 manuals, full pedal board, model #4602) and a 10 rank McManis at the church.   John A. Gambill, Jr. Organist/Choirmaster Oak Cliff Lutheran Church Dallas, Texas  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious From: j nathan <jnatpat@sunsix.infi.net> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 09:59:14 -0500   bruce cornely wrote: > > >j nathan > > is church organist/choirmaster for St. Peter's > > of the Lakes Episcopal and organist/asst > > choirmaster for First United Methodist Church > > in Benton Kentucky. Makes for an interesting > > Sunday morning....to say the least!   > At least it's not Methodist and RC, so that you don't have to remember > whether to say A-men or AH-men!! nyuk nyuk   Yes, Bruce....and the nice thing is that the police are usually quite polite and stay out of my way~ I've only had to outrun them one time!   JNP  
(back) Subject: Marcel Lanquetuit............ From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 11:24:49 EDT   Hey all,   hing else or is this it?   Carlo   ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 11:34:42 -0400 (EDT)     >Yes, Bruce....and the nice thing is that the > police are usually quite polite and stay out of > my way~ I've only had to outrun them one > time! And be sure to wear your cassock when making the trip!! ... and don't cross two sticks at the cop as he/she approaches your car!   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net   If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. --Woodrow Wilson    
(back) Subject: Re: Opus number to a piece......... From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 11:57:25 -0400   >Hey all, > > does anyone know what the opus number to "Giga" by Marco >Enrico Bossi is? Thanks. > >Carlo >   Op. 73 (that is, _from_ Op. 73), to judge from the following entry in WorldCat:                   [ Database= WorldCat | Search= au:(Bossi, Marco Enrico) and ti:Giga and pt:sco   | Results= 3 records   | Record=3]               Ownership: Check the catalogs in your library.   ACCESSION: 10574802 AUTHOR: Bossi, Marco Enrico, 1861-1925. TITLE: Giga : from op. 73 PLACE: New York : PUBLISHER: H. W. Gray, YEAR: 1963 PUB TYPE: Musical Score FORMAT: 8 p. of music ; 31 cm. SERIES: St. Cecilia series ; no. 903 Saint Cecilia series ; no. 903. NOTES: Caption title. Includes Hammond registration by Chester Kingsbury. SUBJECT: Organ music, Arranged. OTHER: Fox, Virgil, 1912-1980.                   Professor Randolph Paul Runyon Dept. of French, Miami University Oxford, OH 45056 runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: Re: Marcel Lanquetuit............ From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:04:18 -0400   >Hey all, > > Marcel Lanquetuit had his wonderful toccata in D major >published by Alphonse Leduc in 1927. It has remained out of print and >basically lost for well over 3 decades. It has resurfaced and is now once >again available. *hurrah*. I'm glad that organists can get this piece and >add it to their repertoire because I think it's a masterpiece. It was >dedicated to Albert Dupr=C8, and I notice that there's no opus number on it= =2E >Anyone know it? Also, does anyone know if Lanquetuit wrote anything else >or is this it? > >Carlo >   I know the piece well. I first heard it performed by Cark Jahnke (name approximate, from memory) in a recital in Paris in March 1998, and subsequently purchased it, playing it a couple months later as a postlude for a church service and later for an ordination.   Lanquetuit was born 1894 and died in 1985. He also wrote an Intermezzo, published by Leduc in 1923 (I do not have a copy), and arranged a Berceuse by Albeniz for organ.   Professor Randolph Paul Runyon Dept. of French, Miami University Oxford, OH 45056 runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: prswank@impop.bellatlantic.net Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:13:01 -0400   This thread by Carlo has proved to be a very informative one. It is good to hear from the members of the list telling a little about themselves. It helps to make a mental image of the person as we read their postings. Thanks Carlos. I am retired as organist/choirmaster of Christ Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod, of Dundalk, MD, USA, having been the organist/choirmaster of several Methodist churches for many years prior to that stint, 36 years of playing in church. I played an E.M. Skinner at Christ Lutheran (#500 and 500A for Sand Lawn's info) and have a Conn 640 Theatre organ and an Allen Compact Church organ at home. I am selling the Allen, and hope to replace it with either another used Allen or a Rodgers, since that is all there is available in the Maryland area. One day, I will have a small pipe organ at home. One day! Paul   Carlo Pietroniro wrote:   > Hey all, > > I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on? > > Carlo > > P.S. I have a Rodgers 960 (3-manual) > > ______________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.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: pietro alessandro YON From: domenico severin <dseverin@club-internet.fr> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 18:05:56 +0200   does anyone have pieces of Pietro alessandro YON I'm looking for:=20 1) Toccata (ed. Schrimer)=20 2) Sonata romantica (ed. Fischer) 3) Sonata Prima (ed. Scrimer)   THANK YOU   I'm preparing a publication about the italian organists of early 1900 and i'm interested in all concerning this persons. (Marco Enrico Bossi, Ulisse Matthey, Pietro Alessandro Yon, Oreste Ravanello, Raffaele Manari) Concert Programs, critics, recordings, pictures....   I will record a CD about Bossi . Program:   =D8 Da " Cinque pezzi " op. 104 =B7 Entr=E9e Pontificale =B7 Ave Maria =B7 R=E9demption   =D8 Etude Symphonique op. 78=20   =D8 Th=E8me et variations op. 115=20   =D8 Da " Dieci pezzi op. 118 " =B7 Preludio' =B7 Pastorale =B7 Toccata di concerto   =D8 Scherzo in sol minore op. 49=20   =D8 Pi=E8ce h=E9ro=EFque op. 128   =D8 Cinque pezzi op. 132=09 =B7 Leggenda =B7 Corteggio funebre =B7 Scena pastorale =B7 Hora mystica =B7 Hora gaudiosa   =D8 Intermezzo Lirico=20   If anyone knows others CD with Bossi's music, please let me know it.   DOMENICO SEVERIN  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 18:17:10 +0100   >Hey all, > > I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on? > >Carlo > >P.S. I have a Rodgers 960 (3-manual) >     I actually sing in the choir at church (although I regularly accompany them). The organs (all pipe) at my church are a three manual Walker organ on the west gallery, the great and pedal of which are playable from a 2 manual Walker in the choir stalls at the east end of the church. In the lady chapel there is also a little one manual and pedal organ which has about 4/5 ranks, but that is never used. At school we have a 3/6 Conacher TO, which is slowly getting worse and worse, it won't start properly at the moment. I also practice on a 3/c.40 Aolian (not Aolian-Skinner) organ at a local church. Unfortunately it is going through a rough patch.   Richard.    
(back) Subject: Re: pietro alessandro YON From: RSiegel920@aol.com Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 14:12:11 EDT   In a message dated 4/28/99 10:10:39 AM CST, dseverin@club-internet.fr writes:   << does anyone have pieces of Pietro alessandro YON >> Suggest you check out the Bagaduce Lending Library- they have a website. Re: Yon, he emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s and became the organist at several NYC churches including St. Patricks Cathedral. He had a private teaching studio in Manhattan, reputedly with a three manual pipe insturment. Much of his work was published by J. Fischer & Bro., (rights to these works are, I believe, owned by Belwin Mills.) His "Advent Suite" has several interesting movements including works based on Creator Alme Siderum (a toccata) and Veni Veni Emmanuel (a very stylized communion.) Regards R.J.Siegel  
(back) Subject: just curious From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 14:47:00 -0500   Hi List... This running thread on everyone's +ACI-occupations+ACI- is very interesting- like getting to know your neighbors-- well, I won't go into that. hehe. It is amazing to find several people liking organs, clocks and trains. In the past, I've met many others' with those interests too. It seems many here are well-versed in liturgy, organ maintainence, and / or musicology. Good going to you all.   Rick dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net http://www.svs.net/Dutch        
(back) Subject: Re: Opus number to a piece......... From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 17:59:57 -0500   The Giga is the second half of the Siciliana e Giga by Marco Enrico Bossi, opus 73 (1891).   I forgot to check Virgil's book - is it really in there? I don't recall seeing it!   Glenda Sutton      
(back) Subject: Re: Bossi CDs From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 18:26:58 -0500   For Dominico, who was asking about recordings of Marco Enrico Bossi's music, Massimo Nosetti of Turin, Italy, has recorded at least two CDs with music by Bossi. One is all Bossi music:   Marco Enrico Bossi - Oeuvres pour orgue, Syrius SYR 141338 DDD, "La musique d' orgue Italienne", Vol. 8. Massimo Nosetti at Grandes Orgues de la Cathedrale d' Alessandria.   Another of his CDs, Il Romanticismo Organistico in Europa, Rugginenti RUS 552032.2 DDD, has a couple of Bossi pieces, and I believe is available through OHS.   Hope this is helpful.   Glenda Sutton   ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::  
(back) Subject: Re: just curious........... From: "John M. Doney" <jdoney@email.msn.com> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 21:34:33 -0000   I am a church organist, was a choir director, am a concert organist and teacher. Unfortunately I have no keyboard at home except the one I am using now to write this message.   JOHN          
(back) Subject: Just Curious ............ From: Ron Pearcy <ronniep@clear.net.nz> Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 17:32:05 +0000 (GMT)   Hey all,   I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on?   Carlo   P.S. I have a Rodgers 960 (3-manual)   ----------------- end copy -----------------   Greetings Carlo,   What a good response you have had .. .. I too use a Rodgers, an 805B, but would prefer a 960 if I could afford it. Have configured to Theatre and Classical Organ and use a slaved Roland digital piano. Also use 3x Kurzweil K2500 rack synths and feed in 191 ranks of classical/theatre samples from the Kurz to the organ's eight channels. Have already spent over 4000 hours programming this so far and the task is still not complete. The combined sounds are quite magnificent.   No, I am not a church person .. .. .. :-)   Ronnie   -- ----- Ron Pearcy <ronniep@clear.net.nz> 17 Donegal Crescent, Greenswood, Greenmeadows, Napier, New Zealand -------  
(back) Subject: Re: Just Curious ............ From: KurtvonS@aol.com Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 01:52:40 EDT   In a message dated 4/29/99 12:35:45 AM Central Daylight Time,=20 ronniep@clear.net.nz writes:   << I'm a little curious as to how many of you are church organists, concert organists, choir directors or organ enthusiasts. Also, out of the organists, what type of instruments do you have in your home to practice on? >>   Hi Carlo, Ron and listers, I'm a music director/organist/bellman (as in handbells, not Hiltons!)=20 concert pianist and organist/ organ builder and general all-around musical=20 dogsbody. It has been fun to follow this thread; perhaps just to see how many other=20 lunatics are hanging around the fringe! I also have interests in=20 architecture, cooking, travel,reading, trains (especially steam era) and=20 ships/liners, etc... I have a Steinway D (Hamburg) and a 2/26 Mongrel at home. I have just begu= n=20 to use the computer as a tool for composition and orchestration, and find th= e=20 possibilties really exciting. I hope to connect the organ via MIDI into the=20 computer system soon, to be able to use it as a composition tool, as well as=20 a "player" for the organ. I have the facilities at the church for my use also, and I am lavishing=20 particular attention on a massive historic M=F6ller ( 3-32's!!!) that has be= en=20 forgotten for almost 40 years. That's another story! I guess I'm still an=20 enthusiast, or I would not spend so much time and get soooo dirty for the=20 gratification of hearing it slowly come back to life! Your creation, Ron sounds especially interesting! I'm not familiar enough=20 with the various synth modules (having most of my ever-lengthening experienc= e=20 on "accoustic " instruments), but I know some of the Kurzweil products. Wher= e=20 have you aquired your organ samples? I know there was some chat about this a=20 while back, but I missed a lot of it due to Lent/Easter. Anyone have input on Finale vs. Sibelius? I'd be interested in your opinion= s.   Thanks and best to all,   Kurt von Schakel