PipeChat Digest #1117 - Saturday, October 16, 1999
Comic Relief for stressed out organists
  by "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com>
Need some organ-saving help from the list (X-Posted)
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpncorn@davesworld.net>

(back) Subject: Comic Relief for stressed out organists From: "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 11:24:07 PDT     This may be slightly off topic, but enjoy this bit of levity.   During a recent ecumenical gathering, a secretary rushed in shouting, "The =   building is on fire!"   The Methodists gathered in the corner and prayed.   The Baptists cried, "Where is the water?"   The Quakers quietly praised God for the blessing that fire brings.   The Lutherans posted a notice on the door declaring fire evil.   The Roman Catholics passed the plate to cover the damage.   The Jews posted symbols on the door hoping the fire would pass.   The Congregationalists shouted, "Every man for himself!"   The Fundamentalists proclaimed "It's the vengeance of God!"   The Episcopalians formed a procession and marched out.   The Christian Scientists concluded that there was no fire.   The Pentecostals tried to shout it out!   The Presbyterians appointed a chairperson who would appoint a committee to =   look into the matter and submit a written report. After which the report concluded, "Lay Hands? Can't Touch this!"   The secretary grabbed the fire extinguisher and put the fire out.   Submitted by Rev.E.D. edwardorgan@hotmail.com   ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Need some organ-saving help from the list (X-Posted) From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@davesworld.net> Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 19:43:04 -0500   Dear Friends,   I am currently on a crusade to keep AEolian-Skinner OPUS 933 in its transplanted home at Lincoln Christian College where it has lived since the early 1970's. Our firm has cared for the instrument since 1991. In 1995, our firm completely re-vamped the console with a Peterson MSP 1000 Combination action driving Harris Drawknobs and Tilting Tablets. The retrofit included a new Multiplex Relay, which went a LONG way to solve the plethora of dead notes in the instrument.   Enter: a new, pragmatic (read: "slash-and-burn; take no prisoners") college administrator.   The college administration has asked the Music Faculty to perform a "Feasibility Study" of the current organ situation and to provide a plethora of possible solutions. One of them (shudder) is the possibility of selling off this instrument for what the administration seems to perceive in its mind would be a huge profit, buy some pipeless substitute for "next to nothing" and then have a cash cow windfall to fund many other programs they can otherwise not afford.   As a professional organbuilder who's been involved in a number of organ re-location projects, as well as "parting-out" organ materials over the years, I certainly have the statistical knowledge from these endeavors to provide a pretty good idea of what they could expect to get for the instrument on the open market.   But of course, then there's the problem that I don't speak with very much of an unbiased voice, since we are, after all, the Curators of the instrument!   For that reason, in order to lend credibility to the discussion and for the college administrators to have a broader overview of the gamut of possibilities which promote the saving of this cherished gem from the insanity of pragmatism, I like to solicit the first-hand experiences of any others on these lists who have faced similar circumstances with their instruments. I would very much appreciate hearing from you directly, and would you to write with the understanding that I would ask your permission to forward any such EMAILS on directly to the college.   Please understand that the Music Faculty is strongly against the removal of the instrument. Tied with this is the desire to formulate a fundraising program outside the normal college operating budget. Any possibilities and ideas that anyone on the lists may have done, in terms of some of raising organ restoration funds that anyone would wish to share with us would be most gratefully received and appreciated. The instrument is a large IV manual from 1935 and current estimates for complete re-furbishment of the pipework and windchests run around $400K. Not much in today's world, but to a small private Christian College, even a dime is still pretty big!   I know I can count on these lists to provide me with the kind of support and help in this time of need, for which I thank you, one and all, very much for in advance!   Faithfully,       "Arp in the Corn Patch"   Richard Schneider   SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc.   Organbuilders   41-43 Johnston St.   P. O. Box 137   Kenney, IL 61749-0137   (217) 944-2454 VOX   (217) 944-2527 FAX   arpncorn@davesworld.net Business EMAIL   rnjs@family-net.net Personal EMAIL