PipeChat Digest #1576 - Saturday, August 26, 2000
 
Heathman Hotel organ, Was: Re: Organ ID time!
  by <tom@pstos.org>
Burnt beans of Baaahstun
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Heathman Hotel organ, Was: Re: Organ ID time! From: <tom@pstos.org> Date: Saturday, -2147483648 Jan -2147481748 -2147483648:-2147483648:-2147483648 -0800   For those interested... more information on the Portland Heathman Hotel Smith organ is available on the PSTOS (Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society) web site:   http://www.pstos.org/instruments/or/portland/heathman.htm   Best regards,   Tom Blackwell Seattle, WA tom@pstos.org   On Fri, 25 Aug 2000, KurtvonS@aol.com wrote: >The organ in the Heathman Hotel lobby in Portland was a 2 man/five rank >Smith. I believe it ended up by doing service in a local church, before >ultimate parting out by local enthusiasts.... > >"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: Burnt beans of Baaahstun From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 23:32:11   Well, now! Everyone's making their way homeward, and I decided, in keeping with my contrarian nature, to poll for votes for the WORST organs heard during OHS! So far, the bidding seems to be tied between a "Krazee Frazee" and the coarsely-voiced and mistuned "Frisky Air Calliope=AE" foisted upon Wellesley. Some wonder why this wheezebox was even played, considering there's a fine =C6olian-Skinner up front...but....played it was, with some walking out on the performance, due to the discord set up by ridiculous "retro-fad" mean-tone temperament.   Just to impinge the point a LITTLE further: If we keep installing coarse voiced, maltuned, hard-to-play instruments like this (Frisky seems to be working for some kind of award in this area; Glatter-G=F6tz is another), NO one's going to come to HEAR them! Even during the "dark days" of Wagnerian orchestral voicing, people turned out for organ recitals by the thousands. Now, what....tens? Hundreds for a big artist? People still DO turn out in large numbers for SOME organs. The most attended in California? The 1915 AUSTIN in San Diego! No "air calliope" there!=20 Biggest draw in Pennsylvania? Wanamaker's. You figure it out.   Any other nominations?   DeserTBoB