PipeChat Digest #1600T - Saturday, September 23, 2000
Re: IRC Tonight
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Felix in Fort Worth
  by "Roy Redman" <rredman@imagin.net>
David McK Williams
  by <LLWheels@aol.com>
Ruffatti organs
  by <RMB10@aol.com>
Re: Moller Organs!
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: Ruffatti consoles
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Ruffatti consoles
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: Wicks question
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>

(back) Subject: Re: IRC Tonight From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 17:52:16 -0700   OK ... I'm on there ... is nobody there yet????   Bud   Administrator wrote:   > Just a reminder that the usual Friday PipeChat IRC session will begin > at 9:00 PM Eastern time tonight. For those of you that have been a > part of PipeChat IRC before please make sure that the "server" > setting of your IRC program is set to: irc.pipechat.org If you had > for some reason used the numbers instead of the server name you will > have problems due to the move of the server. I will try to monitor > my email during tonight's session so if you have a problem please > feel free to contact me. > > Remember, all the information that is needed for connecting, > including links to download an IRC client program for your computer, > can be found at: http://www.pipechat.org/irc.html > > Hope to see you all there tonight > > David > **************************************** > David Scribner > Owner / Co-Administrator > PipeChat > > http://www.pipechat.org > mailto:david@blackiris.com > > "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: Felix in Fort Worth From: "Roy Redman" <rredman@imagin.net> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 20:08:48 -0500   Felix Hell will play his first Texas concert at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM. He will play the church's 191 rank, 11 division Casavant, Opus 3750, completed in 1996. The concert is presented under the auspices of the Fort Worth Chapter, American Guild of Organists, and is open to all, with a suggested donation of $10. We are very excited to have Felix in Fort Worth, and hope all of you who possibly can will attend. Help us spread the word by telling your friends. Unfortunately, I will miss the concert since I have to leave about noon to serve on the exam committee of the AIO at our convention in Colorado Springs. I really regret this, since the concert is happening mostly at my suggestion. I hope to hear glowing reports, however. Roy Redman    
(back) Subject: David McK Williams From: <LLWheels@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 22:34:12 EDT   X-posted to PIPEORG-L and PIPECHAT     Mea Culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!   As I stated in my previous post concerning his music -- my memory banks = are not reliable. I was wrong in attributing <Sing Choirs of Angels - a lyric trilogy> to DMW. The piece I was thinking of was composed by George = Fredrick McKay - quite a different person, but I think you can understand the confusion due to the McK in each name. Sorry for getting everybody = excited about a non-existant piece of music.   Larry L. Wheelock   Read my lips -- censored by list owner!  
(back) Subject: Ruffatti organs From: <RMB10@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 22:44:24 EDT   Dear List- I've played many Ruffattis around the country, and have been favorably impressed with their new work. Having played at Coral Ridge, Davies Hall (San Francisco), St. Mary's Cathedral (San Francisco), St. Brigid's Church =   (San Francisco),Our Lady of Mercy, (Daly City, CA), 1st Cumberland Pres. (Chattanooga, TN), Crystal Cathedral, Peachtree Christian Church = (Atlanta), Spivey Hall, and St. Joseph's Church (Long Island, NY), I've experienced = the work from the early 70's to the early 90's. Their early work was very typical of the period....screechy mixtures, thin foundations, and fiery reeds. However, the organ at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, is warm, rich, and silvery, quite the opposite of what the early 70's sound was. There are several recordings of that organ and you will be amazed at what a = wonderful sound it is. The organ at Davies Hall and the organ at St. Brigid's = Church both have some wonderful sounds on them, and are both very exciting instruments. Not playing a Ruffatti on a regular basis, I can't say what = the mechanical reliability factor is. I know that there were problems with = some of their early work in the United States, but from what I'm told now, the quality has improved immensely. As with any company there are some good instruments and some not so good instruments. I think that now that = Ruffatti is used to American churches and has been importing over here for a while, =   they've worked out a lot of the electrical problems. Having spent time = with both Francesco and Piero Ruffatti, I can tell you that these gentlemen are =   proud of their company and are both fine artisans.     Monty Bennett  
(back) Subject: Re: Moller Organs! From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 22:09:44 -0500   Cremona502@cs.com wrote: >=20 > In a message dated 9/18/00 2:42:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, > desertbob@rglobal.net writes: >=20 > << You haven't heard the Glatter-G=F6tz or Rosales (or both) hair curle= rs yet, > have ya? God LORD, those guys must be DEAF! I take ear protection to = hear > any of 'em. >> >=20 > Good grief! Bob. Get out and hear some other organs. You'll discove= r that > most new organs of any action are too loud these days. The problem is = NOT > the action.   This has been one of my pet gripes for years, and I'm afraid the organ in my own church is not blameless in this respect. I think the loudest organ I have ever heard is the instrument at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Louisville. This was the 1939 New York World's Fair organ, the only instrument ever designed jointly by Walter Holtkamp and G. Donald Harrison, and built by Aeolian-skinner. At the World's Fair it was in a pavilion with one wall open -- so it was designed basically to be an open air organ and voiced accordingly. When it was moved into the church in Louisville, the voicing was not significantly altered. It is quite excruciatingly loud. It is true that organs today have to be voiced louder than they were in the eighteenth century, simply to cover over the traffic noise outside, but that does not mean that they need to deafen the hearer. Fortunately there are some firms who are still building tasteful instruments, even if the majority do assault the ears.   John Speller  
(back) Subject: Re: Ruffatti consoles From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 20:09:54   At 06:08 PM 9/21/2000 -0400, you wrote: >Shame on you for propagating >gossip on this List.<snip>   Well! I guess he told HIM!   dB  
(back) Subject: Re: Ruffatti consoles From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 23:44:29 -0400   not that it matters to anyone, but I wasn't sure if the information I was posting was 100% true, that's why I prefaced it with "I heard that....", = and I also wrote that that's what my Rodgers representative told me. The = horror stories I've heard were not connected to Coral Ridge's organ. I know what the word gossip means, and I also know that the nature of that post was = not to gossip...not at all. I was replying to someone else's post about a Ruffatti console, with information I heard about Ruffattis......ending my post with the words "that's what my Rodgers representative told me". After all, you all know me better than to think for one second that I would deliberately "gossip" about anything, especially anything connected with Diane Bish, at least I'd hope you all know me better than that. If I were = to ever slander anyone/anything, I certainly wouldn't do it publicly, and I definitely wouldn't chose Coral Ridge as a target. Enough said.....   Carlo  
(back) Subject: Re: Wicks question From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 00:01:39 -0500   quilisma@socal.rr.com wrote: > > I've often wondered over the years how pitman chests came to be the = preferred > windchest ... they're a NIGHTMARE to service. Just about ANYTHING is = more > durable, at least in urban areas with high pollution indexes.   The usual rationale for preferring pitman chests was their ability to provide pretty well instantaneous stop changes -- highly desirable in the orchestral style of organ playing when they were at the height of their popularity. They also provide a fairly amazing key action speed and can play all those runs and glissandos you get in transcriptions of Wagner, etc. From the key action point of view a good electro-pneumatic slider chest can produce almost as good results, though electric slider chests are by comparison sluggish in the bass. Another factor is wind pressure, since a conventional slider chest with electro-pneumatic pull-downs will not work with pressure above about six or seven inches of wind, though the slider chests with electro-pneumatic pallets we use at Quimby Pipe Organs will work on much higher pressures.   John Speller