PipeChat Digest #719 - Tuesday, February 23, 1999
Re: FMC, Houston
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Organs for sale...
  by <Silkascots@aol.com>
Queen of Sheba
  by "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net>
Re: FMC, Houston
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Queen of Sheba
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Queen of Sheba
  by "Bud/burgie" <budchris@earthlink.net>
Re: Queen of Sheba
  by "Jim Swist" <jswist@quickturn.com>
Re: Aeolian Skinner...........
  by "Paul F. Stapel" <pstapel@spectra.net>
An Exciting Weekend!
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
RE: more Pilcher recollections
  by "Barry H Bodie" <bbodie@InfoAve.Net>
Re: Queen of Sheba
  by <JKVDP@aol.com>
Tellers, Harrison, etc.
  by "Bud/burgie" <budchris@earthlink.net>
Bud's post
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
for sale
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>

(back) Subject: Re: FMC, Houston From: Steskinner@aol.com Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 06:13:04 EST   In a message dated 2/19/99 11:48:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, rpob@aero.net writes:   << Mosley's work as far as I know is superb. >>   I worked with Charles Mosely on quite a few organs in the So Cal area. Not only can he play and design and organ, he can tell some pretty funny stories!   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Organs for sale... From: Silkascots@aol.com Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 08:18:50 EST   We have the following instruments for sale: =952-stop portativ tracker =954-stop positiv tracker =9528-stop digital, 2-manual/pedal Also a "renaissance clavichord".   If you have interest in learning any more about any of these instruments please e-mail privately at either of the following addresses: Silkascots@AOL.com or Trackorg@AOL.com    
(back) Subject: Queen of Sheba From: Margo Dillard <dillardm@airmail.net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 07:22:04 -0600   Thanks so much to both lists for continuing to be the wonderful resource that you all are. I got many, many offers - and the Queen of Sheba "arrived" just in time.   Thanks again! Margo  
(back) Subject: Re: FMC, Houston From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 10:30:30 -0500 (EST)     >I worked with Charles Mosely on quite a few > organs in the So Cal area. Not only can he > play and design and organ, he can tell some > pretty funny stories! A-men to that.... hehehe guffaw guffaw, etc! Unfortunately, most of them can't appear in print!!! nyuk nyuk   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net    
(back) Subject: Re: Queen of Sheba From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 10:36:17 -0500 (EST)       >... - and the Queen of Sheba "arrived" just in > time. Oh! Do tell her we all say, "hi!"   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net    
(back) Subject: Re: Queen of Sheba From: Bud/burgie <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 07:43:23 -0800   I STILL wanna know what lectionary you're using that you get to host the Queen of Sheba on the First Sunday in Lent (grin)!   Bud   bruce cornely wrote:   > >... - and the Queen of Sheba "arrived" just in > > time. > Oh! Do tell her we all say, "hi!" > > bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.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: Queen of Sheba From: Jim Swist <jswist@quickturn.com> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 10:47:48 -0500   Bud/burgie wrote:   > I STILL wanna know what lectionary you're using that you get to host the > Queen of Sheba on the First Sunday in Lent (grin)! >   Must be one of them there newfangled happy-religion-feel-good churches. In the Palm Sunday gospel Christ rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, and rides out in a Mercedes (crucifix in tow in a U-Haul trailer).    
(back) Subject: Re: Aeolian Skinner........... From: "Paul F. Stapel" <pstapel@spectra.net> Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 01:14:12 -0500   Daryl Robinson, Moody Memorial UMC Galveston, TX At 08:21 AM 2/19/99 -0800, you wrote: >church here in Houston that has a large Skinner organ ..looking for someone to come in and do some tonal work on the organ and repair a few things but still keep the pure Skinner sound. . And they ha ve asked me to be the consultant but I need some help! >If you have any suggestions please let me know! DARYL DANIEL ANGERSTEIN IS ONE OF THE FEW GOOD VOICERS WHO CAN DO A QUALITY JOB FOR YOU. CONTACT HIM AT 828 685 1162 ( HENDERSONVILLE, NC)   I have used his services in a rebuild of an instrument near here -- top notch workmanship and even better ear!!   Paul Stapel   Paul F. Stapel, 607 773 1495, FAX 607 772 6501, 58 Murray St., Binghamton, NY 13905-4525 Organist First Church of Christ Scientist - 1930's Kimball, small but fine! Piano Instructor, Beginners and intermediates Sales Director -most of up-state New York for the WICKS Organ Company of Highland, Illinois Resource for Servicing of WICKS instruments Broker Associate - Bronson America, Realtors 607 773 1495 Piano/Keyboard Sales - Hesse Music, Johnson City, NY 607 797 7177 Kawai, Technics,    
(back) Subject: An Exciting Weekend! From: John Vanderlee <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 13:19:15 -0500 (EST)   Ready to chase some winter blues away?   Read the following:   (DEADLINE March 1st!)       END OF WINTER ORGAN WEEKEND NYTOS BUS TRIP TO:   The John Wanamaker Organ at Lord & Taylor's in Philadelphia, PA     Dickinson High School 4/66 Kimball Wilmington, DE Donna Parker Concert and Open Console   Northlandz Museum, Flemington, NJ 5/37 Theatre Pipe Organ plus World's Largest Model Train Collection also Doll Museum and Art Gallery   SATURDAY - SUNDAY MARCH 13 & 14, 1999   Ready for a pre-spring weekend get-away? Well, The New york Theatre Organ Society has put together a unique weekend trip that is sure to be both interesting and fun for all organ enthusiasts, with something for everyone: organists, listeners, shoppers, model train buffs all packed into one weekend--a total of 15 manuals and 572 ranks of pipes!   On Saturday, March 13, our charter coach will depart from Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8:00 a.m., make a pick up stop at Newark Airport for those who need over night parking, then continue on to Philadelphia to Lord & Taylor's (formerly Wanamaker's) in time for the 11:15 concert on the magnificent 6/469 John Wanamaker Grand Court organ. Since our last visit to Wanamaker's, the console has been completely rebuilt including a new combination action, and much restoration has been done in the organ. Also, draperies in the Grand Court have been removed allowing the organ to speak out better than ever. Following the concert, there will be time for photos around the console, lunch on your own in the area, and possibly a short chamber tour for a limited number of interested members.   From Philadelphia our coach will head south to Newark, Delaware, where we will check in to the McIntosh Inn Motel. There will be time to rest and relax before we head out for dinner at the Home Town Buffet Restaurant (included in the trip price), and on to Dickinson High School in nearby Wilmington for an 8:00 p.m. concert by Donna Parker. The Dickinson 4/66 Kimball is considered one of the finest theatre organ concert instruments in the country, having been expanded over the years by the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society from a 3/19 that was originally installed in the Boyd Theatre in Philadelphia. This instrument has been played in concert by every major theatre organist, and Donna Parker ranks among the best of them. After the concert we will stay for a "Meet the Artist" reception with refreshments before returning to the motel. Your concert ticket is included in the trip package.   On Sunday morning, the motel provides a complimentary continental breakfast; or, you can walk next door to Denny's for breakfast on your own, if you prefer. Following check out at 10:00 a.m., we will head back to Dickinson for open console at the Kimball, chamber tours, and a buffet lunch, also included in trip price. Be sure to bring your music--playing this instrument is a real thrill. At 1:00 p.m. we will bid farewell to our DTOS friends and head north to Flemington, New Jersey, to the amazing Northlandz museum. Northlandz is the creation of long time theatre organ enthusiast and model train afficionado, Bruce Williams Zaccagnino and his wife Jean. Located on 16 acres, it contains the world's largest collection of model trains, all running through an incredible layout of scenery, bridges, tunnels, etc., and viewed from a mile long gradually inclining circular walkway. In addition, Northlandz includes a doll museum and an art gallery. In the center of all this, Bruce has built a small theatre that houses his 5 manual 37 rank theatre pipe organ. The organ is played periodically throughout the day, and we will also have an opportunity for open console. Admission to Northlandz is also part of the package.   Our weekend of activities will end with dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Union Hotel in Flemington. Named a national historic landmark, the structure was built in 1878, and its history surrounds as you enjoy home style cooking and white linen service. (The Union Hotel served as the communication center during the famous Lindbergh trial in 1935). Complete dinner including salad, entre, dessert beverage and gratuity is also included in the trip cost. Following dinner our coach will head back to Newark Airport and Port Authority.   The entire package including bus transportation, hotel, admission to all venues including the Donna Parker concert and Northlandz museum, complete buffet dinner on Saturday evening, cold buffet lunch at Dickinson on Sunday, and complete dinner at the Union Hotel on Sunday, will be $115 per person double occupancy; $140 per person single occupancy. Only Saturday lunch and optional Sunday breakfast on your own are not included.     In order to confirm our commitments for the bus, hotel, concert, meals, etc. we must have your reservation form and check (payable to NYTOS Trip) no later than Monday, March 1. If there is insufficient registration by March 1, the trip will be canceled and your check will be returned to you. So, if you are ready for a weekend break and some interesting organ crawling, send your reservation form and check today. If you have any questions, please call Tom Stehle (914) 457-5393 or John Vanderlee (914) 266-8177.     Planned Itinerary (times are subject to change):   Saturday, March 13: 8:00 a.m. Leave Port Authority Bus Terminal, 8th Ave. and 41st St., Manhattan. 8:30 a.m. Pick up at Newark Airport Terminal A bus area. 11:00 a.m. Arrive Lord & Taylor, Philadelphia, for concert on Wanamaker Grand Court Organ. 2:00 p.m. Leave Philadelphia 3:00 p.m. Arrival/check-in at McIntosh Inn, Newark, DE. 5:30 p.m. Leave hotel for dinner at Hometown Buffet. 7:45 p.m. Arrive at Dickinson High School, Wilmington. 8:00 p.m. Donna Parker Concert, followed by reception. 11:15 p.m. Return to hotel.   Sunday, March 14: 10:00 a.m. Check out and leave hotel. 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Dickinson for open console and chamber tours. 12:00 noon Buffet lunch at Dickinson. 1:00 p.m. Leave Dickinson High School 2:30 p.m. Arrive at Northlandz Museum, Flemington, NJ. 5:45 p.m. Leave Northlandz for dinner at Union Hotel. 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Union Hotel. 8:30 p.m. Arrive Newark Airport 9:00 p.m. Arrive Port Authority Bus Terminal        
(back) Subject: RE: more Pilcher recollections From: Barry H Bodie <bbodie@InfoAve.Net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 13:47:28 -0500   Can anyone enlighten me on just when Tellers went out of business. They had several fairly nice organs in South Carolina and an absolutely abominable one in Hendersonville, NC which was just pitched out in favor of a splendid new Harrison's.   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of John M Doney Sent: Sunday, February 21, 1999 4:12 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: more Pilcher recollections     St. Luke's in Orlando has a large 4 manual Tellers - I believe it was one of their last. I played a recital there a couple of years ago. It is all in the west gallery and sounds magnificent in there. Of course in those acoustics anything would sound good. Has a real Aeolian-Skinner sound.   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: Queen of Sheba From: JKVDP@aol.com Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 14:09:42 EST   Bud/burgie wrote:   > I STILL wanna know what lectionary you're using that you get to host the > Queen of Sheba on the First Sunday in Lent (grin)!   Not all list members play in liturgical churches. Historically Presbyterians and many Puritan/Separatist/Congregationalists did not observe Advent or Lent or even Christmas, Good Friday or Easter. There are still some Presbyterian groups in North American and Scotland which observe no holy days except the Christian Sabbath.   The continental Reformed (Calvinist) Churches were a bit more inclined toward observing special days - only observing Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday.   The use of a Lectionary by non-liturgical churches is a very recent development. Many of the Reformed denominations followed the outline of a Catechism for sermon topics, and while Easter may indeed be celebrated in the Easter Morning service, in the afternoon or evening the subject might be the "Virgin Birth", or "The Keys of the Kingdom" if that's where the minister happened to be in the Catechism.   The only point I guess, is that not all churches rigorously observe feasts and fasts and the joyful music of Handel would not be inappropriate in a service in one of those churches during the "Lenten Season".   Jerry in Seattle, the lone Calvinist/Puritan      
(back) Subject: Tellers, Harrison, etc. From: Bud/burgie <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:22:54 -0800   I recollect a nice Tellers in the Anglo-Catholic church in Elmira (Elmyra?) NY ... it was a "moderne" instrument with mixtures and choruses and such ... which of course means it could have been built anytime from the early '50s until yesterday.   I always considered the Harrison & Harrison in the main concert hall at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to be a real disaster, but how much of that was Harrison's fault and how much was the Conservatory authorities' fault (for "authorities" read the late Wayne Fisher, who was head of the Organ Dept. at the time, having won the tug-of-war with Parvin Titus when the College and the Conservatory merged) has to be sorted out from the following:   The design of the room called for the organ to be placed in a three-story-high "hole" immediately in front of the stage area on the right-hand side. The design specified electric doors to close over the entire organ, since somebody had decided that the organ case would harm the acoustics of the room when it was used for other things.   Beckerath and Casavant (among others) refused to build in the room or the hole. Simon Preston (?) was visiting professor of organ one year and talked the donor into the Harrison. As far as I know, the organ faculty wasn't consulted. Fisher's role comes later ...   The Harrison arrived before the hall was ready to receive it. The crates sat exposed in the weather on the deck surrounding the new building for six weeks. However, if they were properly packed to be shipped by sea, one would assume that they were water-proof.   When they unpacked the console, the stop jambs were in what I assume is the normal English order: Pedal and Great on the left, and Positive, Choir and Swell on the right. I've never seen that before, but loudest to softest and left to right isn't illogical.   Well, Fisher went ballistic, and there wasn't time to send to England for new jambs, because the thing had to be finished and dedicated by X Date. So they did an on-site modification, sawing the jambs up and swapping the Great and Swell, with predictable results. The combination action was never reliable.   Air-conditioning was supposed to solve the tuning problem that resulted from the organ being triple-decked, particularly since the doors were closed except when the organ was in use. It didn't.   It was actually QUADRUPLE-decked ... the Positiv sat in its own little moveable box with its own blower and independent one-manual keyboard, BELOW the Choir organ ... the Positiv could be unshackled from the main organ and rolled around the stage and used as a continuo instrument. THAT, at least, wasn't a bad idea, and the Positiv got used a lot more than the main organ. But the whole thing was such a CHORE to manipulate .... the Positiv and the main console had to be brought up on the orchestra pit elevator and connected, those huge doors had to be opened .... so it was practically never set up so anyone could practice on it.   One service tech (who I think knew what he was talking about) told me the chests were splitting and cracking because of (1) the extremely dry air in the hall (the humidifier for the organ never worked either) and (2) that English builders were accustomed to building in damp churches where the tuning standard was A=440 at SIXTY degrees F., rather than seventy, so they didn't fret as much about the wood being well-cured. There were legends that some of the rackboards actually SPROUTED; I never saw those.   Incredibly, several American churches bought Harrisons after playing the CCM organ, which had long since been abandoned by the Organ Dept. ... it was tuned about once a year when the Choral Dept. used it for the Christmas concert.   Now, I understand my home parish, St. Paul's Episcopal in Winter Haven FL, has a FINE Harrison to replace the last-gasp Aeolian-Skinner that was burnt in the fire. I HOPE it doesn't have the problems that the CCM organ did/does, but Florida presents even more of a challenge in terms of heat and humidity, and I know from personal experience how hot those chambers in the attic of the transcepts can get! If indeed that's where they put it ... the church was completely gutted by the fire, and while the authorities promised to rebuild in exactly the same style, I don't know what the ultimate outcome was.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Bud's post From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 17:12:35 -0500   Hi... Bud/burgies post was very interesting, and not all that far-fetched. Many organ installations have been badly planned butcher jobs. One nightmare so common is lack of communication or co-operation between organ builder/ commitee and architect . Some architects simply REFUSE to listen to the organ builder-- hence +ACI- broom closet +ACI- installations-- such as one in a north Florida university, +ACI- under-the-stage +ACI- installations-- the Roxy Kimball in NYC, +ACI- triangular chambers +ACI--- the Odeon theatre in Savannah, Ga- what next, triangular chests? An instrument needs a favorable environment-- acoustically and atmospherically, not just stuck in any-old-place that happens to be available. By the way, the Kimball at the Roxy suffered from severe water damage when an +ACI- ice rink +ACI- on the stage ( for an ice show ) melted, and did nasty things to the instrument. To add insult to injury, the only way to hear the Kimball was if the orchestra pit was fully down-- if up, the organ was badly muffled.   Rick.      
(back) Subject: for sale From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:01:46 -0500   Still have the Austin 3m console available. Write for specs and info. WurliTzer 2m console shell-- str8 rail, roll top. Couple pairs of manuals.   Rick dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net http://www.svs.net/Dutch