PipeChat Digest #837 - Friday, May 7, 1999
Re: Rodgers organs + Leslie speakers
  by "Ron Yost" <musik@tcsn.net>
Trackers, sliders, etc.
  by "dave" <dpitzer@sonic.net>
Re: Fw: trompette en chamade...
  by <p.wilson2@juno.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Rodgers organs + Leslie speakers From: Ron Yost <musik@tcsn.net> Date: Thu, 06 May 1999 23:12:46 -0700   It would sound terrible!! Sell it to me! ;-) .. just teasing, Carlo.   btw...what's your friends HAMMOND and what is he asking for it?   ~~ Hammond/Leslie Lover Ron :-)     At 11:23 7:24 PM 5/6/99 , you wrote: >greetings, > > Now, before anyone cringes at the thought of it, let me >explain. A friend of mine is selling his Hammond and buying an Rodgers. He >offered to sell me one of his Leslie tone-cabinets. Because they're so hard >to find and worth a lot, I might take him up on his offer. He wants 50$ for >it, which is a steal. I was wondering how my organ would sound connected to >it, then I quickly got that crazy idea out of my head. It is tempting, but >there's no way I'm going to play Bach fugues alla 'gospel/blues' style. Can >you imagine how a Rodgers would sound with the Leslies on full? *hehe* > >Carlo   Ron Yost, Paso Robles, Calif.  
(back) Subject: Trackers, sliders, etc. From: dave <dpitzer@sonic.net> Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 01:15:04 -0700   Gentlemen & Ladies,   I don't pipe-up and contribute to this list often -- although I've been a member for some time. But I would like to say something now. It's very heartening to hear the terms "tracker", "tracker-action", "sliders" mentioned here in a positive, matter-of-fact way.   I take it that many (most?) of you are fairly young -- say, 40 or under. Believe it or not, there was a time not long ago when mechanical-action instruments were looked upon (and looked down upon) as rather strange contraptions built and played by a small group of fanatical "purists" who had convinced themselves that tracker action and all the limitations that tracker action instruments entail, produce, after all is said and done, superior sound.   This group of zealots (led noteably in the late 50s/early 60s by E. Power Biggs) were generally held in scorn at the worst and "tolerated" at best.   But now, as I read your postings and see and hear the organs being built these days, I see that the mechanical action movement can't really be termed a "movement" any longer. It's more an accepted, if not standard, way of building a pipe organ. As the kids today would say: Daaaa.   Looking back, I view Charles Fisk (whom I knew) as a key player in this evolution. And, judging from the numerous recordings of recent tracker instruments available, I surmise that a tracker instrument (with slider chests, of course) is, more or less, commonplace. This is wonderful.   Back when I was a teenager and in my 20s and just begining to study organ construction, the conviction that mechanical action, with slider, key-channel, chests on low (~2") wind pressure located in free-standing divisions, machines sounded inherently better was NOT widely held. And it was a struggle (often futile) to convince many otherwise.   I ran across a picture the other day of myself seated at the console of the pivotal and (now) famous 3-manual Flentrop tracker at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard. There I am, young and relatively innocent, with a youthful smile (what the hell did I know?) seated at one of the most important instruments in the United States at that time. It was relatively new then and the facade principals hadn't even had a chance to develop that fine patina common to copper. Not (now) one of my favorite instruments soundwise, to be honest, but an important one nonetheless. After all, it was "a tracker" and a Dutch Flentrop tracker at that. And back then that was a rare thing.   You folks are lucky to play such instruments without thinking (apparently) much about it. "So, it's a tracker? So what?" I was not always thus. So don't take these fine contemporary insrtuments -- many of them now from American builders! -- for granted. You're lucky. And so are we who listen to you play them.   David Pitzer  
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: trompette en chamade... From: p.wilson2@juno.com Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 04:24:40 EDT     On Wed, 5 May 1999 08:27:57 -0400 (EDT) cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) writes:   **snip**   >louder. The minister turned and looked at me, and it kept getting >louder and louder.... much louder than a gentile Erzahler would ever >be.   **snip**   So, now we know ... only the Jewish Erzahlers are loud! ;] > >bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net >   Shalom, Preston Wilson p.wilson2@juno.com   ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com/getjuno.html or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]