PipeChat Digest #1267 - Monday, February 14, 2000
Allen 2100 series (X-Posted)
  by "Richard Scott-Copeland" <organist@gemshorn.freeserve.co.uk>
Dave Wickerham's move
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net>
Re: Dave Wickerham's move
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
RE: Dave Wickerham's move
  by "Ian B. McLean" <SoloTibia@bigpond.com>
Saville Organ available free in Seattle area
  by <JKVDP@aol.com>

(back) Subject: Allen 2100 series (X-Posted) From: "Richard Scott-Copeland" <organist@gemshorn.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:26:48 -0000     Dear List friends   A friend of mine has been asked to give a recital upon an Allen Digital Computerised Organ "2100" series and has asked me if I could find out what the specification is of this instrument. Could anyone help me with this information?   Thanks,   Richard Scott-Copeland Southampton England    
(back) Subject: Dave Wickerham's move From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000 12:07:38 +0000   Sometime ago someone posted a question as to why Dave would choose to move from Milwaukee to Las Vegas. I would have answered this sooner had my computer not committed cyber suicide which kept me off line for over a week while I rebuilt the hard drive and re-installed the Operating System and all the other programs that were lost..[with the computer keeping and screaming all the way]   I guess the one question regarded the quality of life perhaps being better in Wisconsin than Nevada. Since Dave grew up in the desert southwest (Tuscon, Az) he is probably looking forward to returning to a warmer climate. I'm sure the same questions were asked when Dave migrated to Illinois to take the position at the Pipe 'N Pizza in Lansing. (OHHH those cold midwest winters) Las Vegas usually gets a bum rap as all most of us ever see in print and video is the Casinos. There is certainly a different character to Vegas in the residential areas. Dave sent an email out to members of Dairyland ATOS Chapter, friends and family informing them of his plans. With his permission I put it up on a webpage along with the photos he attached to his email. If you are interested the webpage is at: http://www.catoe.org/roxy.html   Another Dave Wickerham page can be found at:   http://www.organman.com/dave/davew.sht     jch  
(back) Subject: Re: Dave Wickerham's move From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000 14:43:00 -0500   As we know, pizza organs and their parlours are disappearing....but some = are still popping up.   Roaring 20's in Sarasota, Florida with the ex- Paramount Music Palace (Indianapolis) 4/42 Wurli.....and now a new home for the Lew White (Roxy) Kimball.   I met Dave a few years ago on an organ trip to Milwaukee sponsored by the Central Indiana TO Society. The Piped Piper Kimball is a very nice instrument- had open console all night, practically. I forget how many pitchers of beer we went thru there, but it sure was fun. Who moved the bench?!   My best to Dave W. and his family in their new venture- tho the frontier = is nothing new!   I take lots of anchovies on mine, thank you -(NOT!)   Rick      
(back) Subject: RE: Dave Wickerham's move From: "Ian B. McLean" <SoloTibia@bigpond.com> Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 10:40:12 +1000   Jon,   I was the one that posed the question regarding Vegas/Milwaukee having = spent 9 days in Vegas during January.   This included much visiting of the suburbs to inspect audio/video stores that were scattered from one side to the other (my cabbie, after a few hundred dollars in fares and tips, wants me to return!). Vegas is the only city in the U.S. that includes all of the major av national players and as we are creating a new av operation in Australia I wanted to see the latest store concepts. This took me through all types of residential areas over several days.   You say that Vegas gets a bum rap due to the casinos. What horrified me, = as I did not expect it, was that the locals had their own enormous casinos, like the Fiesta, which seemed to be a major past time for them (taking 'work' home?). Each of these 'local' casinos that I saw were very busy.   Internally, Fiesta is also a gross almost featureless place. Acres of = pokies in smoke filled areas with grubby rest rooms, anything with polished surfaces was smeary, with lots of very inebriated people, and quite a = number of those being what we call down under, "aggro" - that is threatening violence towards each other. On the other hand the pizzeria where the = organ is was fine and in much better maintenance. So, given the evidence of this expansion work, maybe under the Maloof's ownership all of Fiesta will be dragged up a notch or two? Although given its down market demographic location it seemed to be appropriate as it was.   I suppose that at the grass roots, Vegas suffers from the emptiness that most one-company (especially those that only have one function) towns do. = In Vegas' case, the fact that the one function is the fulfilment of greed glossed over with big name entertainment, and theme-parked temples to = mammon and excess, makes it, to me, a place lacking in any sense of = egalitarianism, any intellectual core, or human scale sensitivities. In short, it is about as ugly a place, on a developed humanity basis (as opposed to say, a city around an industrial dump ground) as I could ever conjure up.   To that add the smog that now makes it a mini LA, then I think that you = can see from my reaction to the current Vegas (it was a better place for ordinary people on my last visit 8 years ago) why I asked why Dave was moving from Milwaukee, and could Milwaukee possibly be worse? Vegas is no Tuczon! Although, at least decent food can now be found in Vegas. That was not the case for me 8 years ago. All that seemed to be on people's minds = as 'food' back then were eat-as-much-as-you-can buffets. Although these pig-feed buffets were well in evidence this time around, at least, there = are now places, even in the big casinos, where you can get unadulterated real food.   I will be back in Vegas again next year only because it has an ability to service huge conventions that few other cities in the world can. Indeed, this aspect is managed to a world best practice level.   As in so many cities where things are not easy for its normal inhabitants, = I did meet many wonderful, generous and interested locals from all walks of life, so maybe the good things in humanity might triumph in this desolate (and I'm not talking about the desert) place? Certainly if enough with = Dave Wickerham's positive outlook (from his email) move there, then this might cause things to improve. It would also be nice (for organists and = visitors) if lot's of Maloof types with theatre organs also set up there as well!   Ian McLean              
(back) Subject: Saville Organ available free in Seattle area From: <JKVDP@aol.com> Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 02:11:11 EST   I am posting this for a friend.   A 28 year old working Saville Sovereign organ is available free for immediate removal in the Seattle area. Contact Ted Deacy by email = specifying "organ" in subject line. tdeacy@mail.com   Jerry in Seattle