PipeChat Digest #769 - Thursday, March 25, 1999
 
Re: Mark W. McClellan   CUCKOO CLOCKS
  by "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net>
Blower and Rankette
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
leather
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: in search of? Brickbats, er Mistletoe
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: in search of? Brickbats, er Mistletoe
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@MediaOne.net>
Winfield Austin Update
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@horizon.hit.net>
Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral
  by "Joe Vitacco" <jvitacco@interactive.net>
Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
Fenton Pipe Organs
  by <Afreed0904@aol.com>
Re: Fenton Pipe Organs
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: Winfield Austin Update
  by <GRSCoLVR@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Mark W. McClellan CUCKOO CLOCKS From: Margo Dillard <dillardm@airmail.net> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 07:28:01 -0600   VEAGUE wrote: > > Hi Mark... It's a humurous (I hope) tag line in reference to some > marriages. I have several cuckoo clocks I've restored. Write me if > interested. Thanks. > > Rick dutchorgan@svs.net > I have wanted a cuckoo clock for a long time. When I was very small, my grandmother had one. But.. I have no idea how much they cost. Hers was just a small one from Germany - dark carved wood. What are yours like and how much would they cost?   Thanks  
(back) Subject: Blower and Rankette From: John Vanderlee <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 13:57:27 -0500 (EST)   Dear Orgelisters,   Thanks to all those who helped to liquidate stuff from our leaky warehouse. We are now well funded to buy leather for our high school project.     Besides some other stuff that is still being dug out and inventoried (later) we still have that $*!blasted blower!   I'll post it once more at a greatly reduced price :   36" dia Spencer blower 5" wind 1200RPM 1200 CFM 2HP 110/220V 3 phase 12" side outlet   Dismantled for easy moving and in Excellent condition.   Only $100 FOB   Then we have a 61 note RANKETTE in very good condition, except two pipes in lowest octave are missing. This is a neat reed that would be a good color addition where space is limited.   $325 FOB   The stuff is in Poughkeepsie, NY.   Thanks in advance!      
(back) Subject: leather From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 17:14:39 -0500   Hi all list members and techs... Who uses rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to remove leather gaskets, leather from pneumatics, old pouches, etc., and even striker pneumatics from player piano stacks? I have found this to be a very good remedy for such tasks. The alcohol disolves old hide glue, and even PVC-E (plastic) glue. It does not warp any wood pieces like water does, and evaporates quickly. Wood clean-up is easy with just a light sanding. I have restored many player pianos and organ chests this way, and am very pleased with the results. Should I duck under my work table, or come out?   Rick dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net http://www.svs.net/Dutch Cuckoo clocks make great wedding gifts      
(back) Subject: Re: in search of? Brickbats, er Mistletoe From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 21:15:16 EST   Under the Christms Mistletoe by Dick (richard Liebert) was published in a book of Leibert arrangements of Christmas Pop Tunes in the early 60's. It is in the Key of D Major, and I >used< to have a xerox copy of it, years ago. It was also known under the title "Brickbats and Shalaleighs (sp?)"   Sorry I cant remember the publisher but it's been YEARS since I last saw a copy.     Rick Maryman Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Re: in search of? Brickbats, er Mistletoe From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@MediaOne.net> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:12:33 -0500   RMaryman@aol.com wrote: > > Under the Christms Mistletoe by Dick (richard Liebert) was published in a book > of Leibert arrangements of Christmas Pop Tunes in the early 60's. It is in the > Key of D Major, and I >used< to have a xerox copy of it, years ago. It was > also known under the title "Brickbats and Shillelaghs (sp?)" > > Sorry I cant remember the publisher but it's been YEARS since I last saw a > copy. > > Rick Maryman > Staunton VA   True story. Leibert told this at a midnight concert at RCMH almost thirty years ago. Between 'Takes' of a Christmas LP he was in the process of recording Dick was playing "Brickbats and Shillelaghs" on the organ for warming up and setting levels for the session. The phone at the console rang and it was the producer of the record asking Leibert the name of the tune he was playing during the breaks. Liebert said "I thought quickly, realized that most of the songs on this record were Public Domain, so I quickly said, 'It's a Christmas song that I wrote called "Under the Christmas Mistletoe". The producer asked him to record it and as a result Liebert got a few cents more per album.   The CD that I own with this piece is the Walt Strony Alahambra Christmas CD. When you know the history of this tune, the bagpipe like registrations add more fun to the listening of the characteristically Leibert sound that Strony coaxes out of the Morton.   Stan Lowkis  
(back) Subject: Winfield Austin Update From: usd465@horizon.hit.net (Frank Johnson) Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 21:16:08 -0600   Several months ago I posted a message about trying to save a 2/4 rank Austin (Op. 733). A couple of Friends of the Austin met with the assistant city manager this morning and the overall outcome was good. I know this is not a fine instrument but we really don't want to see the instrument destroyed. (The building is to be gutted inside and the organ will be bulldozed. We'd prefer it stayed in Winfield but if that is not possible, we want it to be placed someplace else.   Here is my report from that meeting:     Friends of the Austin:   Several Friends of the Austin group met this morning with the assistant Winfield City Manager, Gary Mangus, and have received encouraging news so far as the city is concerned. The city is very interested in saving the small 2 manual 4 rank Austin organ (Opus 733). Keith Anglemeyer, Rick Meyer and I were at that meeting. The immediate concern was the removal of the organ from the small room in the basement of Meyer Hall on the campus of the former St. John's College. The building will be completely gutted, therefore it will be necessary to remove and store the organ elsewhere. We have the offer of a metal barn a short distance South of Winfield . As far as the removing and rebuilding, it was suggested by Mr. Mangus that we try to secure the services of someone knowledgeable in the pipe organ rebuilding and restoration. Much of the physical work could be done with local help. Several of those interested in the organ are able and willing to do as much as we can under the guidance of an "expert" in the field. The other good news is that no contract has been signed with the group who plans using the building. Mr. Mangus said he would hope that this would all be finalized this fall in time for the work to begin during the winter. The prospect of placing the organ in a school or other facility was discussed with the general opinion being that installing the organ in the auditorium of Meyer Hall would allow the best use of the instrument. Mr. Mangus offered to speak with the architect about incorporating the organ near the front of the auditorium so that it could be used in conjunction with events taking place on the stage. Keith Anglemeyer and I were asked to contact an organ builder and ascertain how much they would charge to give us an estimate on the renovation of the organ. We felt very good about the positive response from the city.   Frank   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral From: jvitacco@interactive.net (Joe Vitacco) Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:19:09 -0500   Holy Rosary Cathedral contain a large and unaltered Skinner Organ designed and finished by E.M. Skinner himself. This organ is in excellent condition, thrilling and shows an interesting side of Mr. Skinner.   As with all JAV CDs the booklet that comes with the CD contains comprehensive notes on the organ by Skinner expert Jonathan Ambrosino and excellent photograph.   The CD has a complete transcription of Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and other pieces, it is wonderfully played.   Please come and check it out. www.greatorgancds.com   In the next 2 weeks there will be 3 more new CD:   1. James David Christie on the Taylor & Boody at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA 2. Mark Dwyer on the Aeolian-Skinner at Church of the Advent, Boston 3. Michael Kleinschmidt at All Saints Church in Worcester, MA   They will be placed on the site as I receive them from the CD plant. 2 more CDs will follow these 4 in May-June.   Please if anyone on the list knows of unaltered Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner organ please email me.   Thank you.     Joe Vitacco www.greatorgancds.com      
(back) Subject: Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:42:44 -0500   To Joe Vitacco -- And where is Holy Rosary Cathedral please?  
(back) Subject: Fenton Pipe Organs From: Afreed0904@aol.com Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:46:36 EST   It has come to my attention that there is an 1890s Fenton Pipe Organ in an old German church in New York City; the organ has just recently failed to operate. A restoration is being considered, with a present price tag of $135,000. As usual, that kind of money is not available, but an effort is being made to raise up to that amount.   I am in touch with the parish committee and the organist.   If anyone has advice, or historical information on the Fenton organization, I'd be delighted to hear about it. I am concerned that they may be venturing into something that they're not equipped to evaluate--and I'm certainly not qualified to advise them. The organist has been described as (until two weeks ago) the sole surviving Fenton instrument in existence.   Alan Freed  
(back) Subject: Re: Fenton Pipe Organs From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:16:25 -0600   Afreed0904@aol.com wrote: > > It has come to my attention that there is an 1890s Fenton Pipe Organ in an old > German church in New York City; the organ has just recently failed to operate. > A restoration is being considered, with a present price tag of $135,000. As > usual, that kind of money is not available, but an effort is being made to > raise up to that amount. > > I am in touch with the parish committee and the organist. > > If anyone has advice, or historical information on the Fenton organization, > I'd be delighted to hear about it. I am concerned that they may be venturing > into something that they're not equipped to evaluate--and I'm certainly not > qualified to advise them. The organist has been described as (until two weeks > ago) the sole surviving Fenton instrument in existence.   It could well be. What sort of action does it have -- tracker, tubular or pneumatic? The instrument is probably not as old as the 1890s, since Arthur L. Fenton only took over the former firm of Charles Maier in New York City in 1912. By around 1915 he was working for Midmer, so the instrument would have to date from the 1912-15 period. See David Fox's Index of the North American Organ Trade published by the Organ Historical Society. The Organ Historical Society would also be a good organization to contact if you are looking for advice on the restoration of the instrument. See their website at http://www.organsociety.org   John.  
(back) Subject: Re: Skinner Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral From: DudelK@aol.com Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 23:28:23 EST   Toledo, Ohio  
(back) Subject: Re: Winfield Austin Update From: GRSCoLVR@aol.com Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 00:28:19 EST   Hi Frank---- Your report is all good news!!!!! I am so glad to hear that the Austin project is still viable,,and hopefully it will get done. Keep up the good work.   Regards, ---Roc