PipeChat Digest #1038 - Monday, August 23, 1999
Old St. Mary's Wigton
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpncorn@davesworld.net>
A Tracker Organ Builder in Southeast Michigan? YES!
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpncorn@davesworld.net>
Re: gemshorn
  by <DRAWKNOB@aol.com>
Re: Crown Imperial
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Crown Imperial
  by "Mark Hopper" <mahopper@bellsouth.net>

(back) Subject: Old St. Mary's Wigton From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@davesworld.net> Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 08:53:50 -0700   On Sat, 21 Aug 1999 22:02:24 -0500 (CDT) Robert Horton <gemshorn@ukans.edu> wrote:   <Has anyone ever heard of him?>   > Yup,   > I played a large 3m French style instrument of his in Detroit > (Old St. Mary's) for the 98 ACDA convention. Here's what > I remember > * The key action was a b**ch, even uncoupled   > * The llamada was fairly mild out in the room (it > speaks almost directly into the positif de dos), though it was lethal up > in the loft   Actually, the room at Old St. Mary's is a real "fooler", in that it tends to absorb medium and high frequencies (they tend to go up through the ceiling!) We almost went with the idea of having a "Doppel Octave" (two treble pipes per note) on the Great because of this factor. The chamade indeed does seem anemic out in the room for primarily the same reason.   I know during the design stages, David Commissioned an acoustical study to get an idea of the frequency response at different points and frequencies, and used that information in computing the scales. Even so: some things didn't agree with the information the sweep generator and recorder provided.   > * Nice casework   That's really and understatement! All quarter-sawn custom-harvested white Oak lumber, including raised paneled doors of quarter-sawn White Oak on the BACK of the casework! Almost EVERYTHING in that organ was Quarter-sawn White Oak! Oh, how I remember when I was having to drill the holes during running the E.M.T. electrical conduits for the Service Lighting!   The Entablatures and Tower pediments were simply massive. They and the walnut Pipe Shades were all carved by Bavarian craftsmen in Frankenmuth, MI.   > * The combination action lost our settings and > kept us on edge for the performance   Sounds like it's time for a battery change. . .   * Some trouble with electric slider and stop actions also kept us on the edge of our seats, though it behaved for the show.   I know that somewhere along the line, Old St. Mary's suffered a fire which necessitated a complete cleaning of the organ. If memory serves: that fire was fairly immediately in front of that event, and I wonder if things weren't "up-to-snuff" as a result?   > * Did I mention the stiff key action?   Must have left an overwhelmingly negative impression! When I was working on the instrument, a number of folks from the Lansing AGO Chapter came over to try it out and everyone at that point was amazed how light it was in view of the size of the instrument and the distances involved. I know he had relief pallets for several of the divisions, and maybe things got deranged due to the fire.   > * Some nice flue work   Thanks! I voiced most of that. . .   > That's the only instrument of his that I've > experienced. Anybody now of other installations?   There are quite a number of instruments of his, although none of them nearly as "heroic" as Old St. Mary's in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. He also has work in South Bend and LaPorte, In, although I'm not near an OPUS List, since I'm on the road.   Despite the problems Robert mentions, would all builders do quite this well!   Faithfully,   Richard Schneider (An obviously unabashed champion of David's work)    
(back) Subject: A Tracker Organ Builder in Southeast Michigan? YES! From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@davesworld.net> Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 08:29:24 -0700   > On Sat, 21 Aug 1999 11:51:08 PDT, "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com> wrote: > Fellow Listers,   > I have found a tracker organ builder in Southeast Michigan.   > Wigton Pipe Organs > wigton@cardina.net > Has anyone ever heard of him? Oh, Yes! I certainly have. Dave Wigton and I have been friends for a very long time, and in fact, I have done work with David on past occasions.   His "magnum Opus" is the 3 manual tracker in French Classical Style in Old St. Mary's Catholic Church on the edge of "Greektown" in downtown Detroit.   This instrument took over 5 years to construct, as David harvested all of the quarter-sawn White Oak timber and Kiln-dryed it himself. To describe this instrument as "Heroic" would be a tragic understatement. In the midst of it, David suffered a tragic accident where he ran one of his hands into a Table Saw and caused considerable damage. Fortunately, through painful re-habilitation, he has most of the use of his hand back, although one must marvel at that when one considers the seriousness of the wound.   I was privileged to assist David in the Tonal Finishing of this instrument in 1990. My work was primarily with regulating and voicing the flue ranks, while David did all of the work on the reeds.   It is certainly one of the "pilgrimage" organs to be visited when one goes to Detroit! In truth: Detroit is an amazing treasure trove of fine pipe organs, but this one stands head and shoulders above the majority of them.   Faithfully,   "Arp" in Berne, IN today.   Richard Schneider Schneider Pipe Organs, Inc. Kenney, IL USA      
(back) Subject: Re: gemshorn From: DRAWKNOB@aol.com Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 13:30:14 EDT   In a message dated 8/21/99 10:22:05 PM Central Daylight Time, Innkawgneeto@webtv.net writes:   << I thought a gemshorn was more of a soft diapason. >>   The gemshorn on my McManis is more along the soft diapason lines with a stringy (is that a word?) tint. My 8' Principal is very stringy and more =   resembles a Viola Pomposa... which brings to mind the hymn "There's a Wideness is God's Mercy" -- one could rename it "There's a Wideness in = Pipe Voicing" :-)   John  
(back) Subject: Re: Crown Imperial From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 16:31:22 -0400   >Has anyone here used Walton's (arr. Murrill) "Crown Imperial", = commissioned >I believe for the 1937 coronation, for a wedding? Just a thought.... > >DeserTBoB   Funny you should ask. I'm playing it tomorrow for the President's Convocation that will start the new academic year at Miami University. On a Rodgers 2-manual (don't remember what model) hooked into the PA system = in our vast basketball arena. Only problem: the piston setter doesn't work, so I have to make quick changes by hand. Carlo's right, it is a bit long, but that's fine for this festive occasion, as it'll be part of a fifteen-minute overture. There is an optional cut written in, though. Also on the bill: Percy Fletcher's Festival Toccata (to be followed by = the Crown Imperial in the music before), with Healey Willan's Fanfare from = Five Pieces for when the dignitaries mount the stage and Herbert Brewer's = Marche Heroique when it's all over.   Randy Runyon Organist, Immanuel Presbyterian Church Cincinnati, Oho      
(back) Subject: Re: Crown Imperial From: "Mark Hopper" <mahopper@bellsouth.net> Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 17:28:34 -0500   Yes. In fact, I used it in my own wedding.   If timed just right, it works great for a very large party. We seated the mothers during the opening march, then the party entered (with no pause) during the trio and return of the march, then the bride entered just after the spine-tingling crescendo before the grand march at the end.   It was just the perfect processional for us, and five years later I still get positive comments about it.   Of course, it doesn't hurt that my undergrad organ professor played it so well, either... (Donna Robertson, Mars Hill College, NC)   Thanks! Mark mahopper@bigfoot.com Organist/Music Associate Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church Birmingham, AL   ----- Original Message ----- From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, August 21, 1999 11:16 PM Subject: Crown Imperial     > Has anyone here used Walton's (arr. Murrill) "Crown Imperial", commissioned > I believe for the 1937 coronation, for a wedding? Just a thought.... > > DeserTBoB > > > "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 > >