PipeChat Digest #1438 - Tuesday, June 6, 2000
 
Fw: Fw: Suggestions, please . . .
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re:  George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
position available
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
position available (with corrections)
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton
  by "Harvey DeGering" <chd@mcsi.net>
Re:  George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Major correction on GW, Simonton, Vaughn, etc.
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Major correction on GW, Simonton, Vaughn, etc.
  by <KurtvonS@aol.com>
Buddy Cole on record...in all sizes!
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
new LA organs
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic
  by "Jackson R. Williams II" <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com>
Re: new LA organs
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Fw: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: new LA organs
  by "Wm. G. Chapman" <wchapmn@attglobal.net>
Re: new LA organs
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Fw: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
LA cathedral organs old and new / Austin chests
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
George Montalba, George Wright, and the Organs They Played
  by <Lewwill@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Fw: Fw: Suggestions, please . . . From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 07:38:42 -0500   I have TO grocery store platters from the 60s. Still in good shape. Won't find *these* again.   Rick     ----- Original Message ----- From: Greg Corbett <corbettg@theatreorgans.com> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 12:05 AM Subject: Re: Fw: Suggestions, please . . .     > I find it funny you should mention the goodwill shops, I have a standing > order at ours, got Gus Farney, 3 Reader Digest sets, one theatre, one > e-org, and the final is Hammond. I still have a record player, and > really enjoy listening to the vinyls. > > > "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: Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 09:00:52 -0500   Two cuts of the "Pipe Organ Favorites" LP, produced in 1956 >by D.L Miller on his Somerset label (forerunner to the ubiquitous >"Stereo-Fidelity" label that appeared in 1958) were most definately = George >("The Stars Came Out Over Alabama" and "American Patrol"...a Wright SF = Fox >staple during the war years), while the rest was by the mysterious = "Georges >Montalba". "Montalba", it was found out later, was actually the = notorious >Anton LaVey, later founder of the Church of Satan in the 1960's. LaVey = was >an "orchestral" organist of considerable, if quirky, talent. His TO >records, when the connection to the Church of Satan is pointed out, fetch >large sums of money.   you mean THAT record is worth money?   John V      
(back) Subject: Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic From: <ManderUSA@aol.com> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 13:44:30 EDT   Dear Lists and Friends,   For the last five years or so, Kent Tritle, Director of Music at St. = Ignatius Loyola, has been acting as a kind of freelance pro-tem organist for the Philharmonic. He has just been officially appointed as Organist of the New =   York Philharmonic, and will be listed that way in programs beginning with = the fall season. I don't really want to go too deeply into the question of = what he will actually be playing upon! Vermont organbuilder Stephen Russell has =   occasionally supplied a fairly powerful small and portable Pipe Organ for certain concerts. As I feel certain that the Crystal Cathedral has no = plans to return the Philharmonic's former instrument, let us hope something new = and wonderful might happen at Lincoln Center some years down the road.   Kent continues in his position at St. Ignatius, and also as a member of = the faculty at The Juilliard School of Music, and Music Director of the = Dessoff Choirs. In his spare time, he . . . . . . . . . well, there isn't any, = come to think of it!   Cheers from rainy Connecticut,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com  
(back) Subject: position available From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 13:58:41 -0500   Dear list,   A friend asked me to post the following position. The location is historic Rhinebeck in New York State. About 2 hours north of New York City, 1 1/2 hour south of Albany in the Hudson Valley. I have no stake in this, except to do some one a favor. I believe there is some room for negotiating on their part - I know they're anxious.   Rhinebeck Reformed Church Organist/Choir Director Position Available   The position of Organist /Choir Director is open at the Rhinebeck Reformed Church. The Chancel Choir consists of a small dedicated group which usually will practice once a week and sing at 11AM on most Sundays except during the summer when scheduling is quite flexible. The Organ = was built in 1892 by the Roosevelt Organ Works of New York City and consists = of 549 pipes and 10 stops. The voicing of this instrument combines all the best points of European schools of its day and is virtually in its = original condition except that an electric blower rather than the original manual pump is included. The time required would be approximately 5 to 6 hours per week which would include the music selection and maintenance of the music library. Occasionally cooperative efforts with the contemporary Music Team which sings at an early service would be desirable. The renumeration would be approximately $8,000 but this could be = negotiated depending on how much the person wants to do during the summer and with = the Contemporary Music Team. The payment for weddings and funerals would be directly between the organist and the families.   If interested please call the Church at 876-3727 and speak with Reverend Vanderlaan and/or send a resume to the: Rhinebeck Reformed Church Attention: Linda ATM 6368 Mill Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572      
(back) Subject: position available (with corrections) From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 14:05:23 -0500   Dear list,   The previous post contained an incomplete phone #, and a wrong name. = Sorry!   A friend asked me to post the following position. The location is historic Rhinebeck in New York State. About 2 hours north of New York City, 1 1/2 hour south of Albany in the Hudson Valley. I have no stake in this, except to do some one a favor. I believe there is some room for negotiating on their part - I know they're anxious.   Rhinebeck Reformed Church Organist/Choir Director Position Available   The position of Organist /Choir Director is open at the Rhinebeck Reformed Church. The Chancel Choir consists of a small dedicated group which usually will practice once a week and sing at 11AM on most Sundays except during the summer when scheduling is quite flexible. The Organ = was built in 1892 by the Roosevelt Organ Works of New York City and consists = of 549 pipes and 10 stops. The voicing of this instrument combines all the best points of European schools of its day and is virtually in its = original condition except that an electric blower rather than the original manual pump is included. The time required would be approximately 5 to 6 hours per week which would include the music selection and maintenance of the music library. Occasionally cooperative efforts with the contemporary Music Team which sings at an early service would be desirable. The renumeration would be approximately $8,000 but this could be = negotiated depending on how much the person wants to do during the summer and with = the Contemporary Music Team. The payment for weddings and funerals would be directly between the organist and the families.   If interested please call the Church at 914-876-3727 and speak with Reverend Vanderlaan and/or send a resume to the: Rhinebeck Reformed Church Attention: Linda Tamm 6368 Mill Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572      
(back) Subject: Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton From: "Harvey DeGering" <chd@mcsi.net> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 11:24:37 -0700   Back in the late 40's when I was a disk jockey, we used Capitol Transcriptions, among others, those big 16 inch 33 1/3 records that were out long before CBS "invented" 33 1/3 records. Buddy Cole did a bunch on them. Maybe some one has some of those thing yet. Harvey, (The Invisible Rabbit) chd@mcsi.net Sutherlin, OR ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, June 05, 2000 9:17 PM Subject: Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton     > At 10:33 PM 6/5/2000 -0500, you wrote: > >Buddy Coles Wurli/Morton in an underground room in his back yard- His wife > >got rid of that instrument after he died.<snip> > > Buddy's "WurliMorton" was quite an instrument, and his "organ studio" was > in reality a pretty complete recording studio. I have a 1947 release of > Buddy, back before any sort of artificial reverb, when the organ was still > an unaltered Morton out of the Beverly Theater in Beverly Hills...unique > Morton sound, but not as unique as what Buddy later came up with after > adding the Wurli ranks. > > Buddy was a uniquely skilled musician, indeed, at home equally on the > theater organ, the Hammond, and, most certainly, the piano. Not only that, > he was a genuinely nice guy, rare in the organ crowd. A bad ticker did him > in by 1964. His Columbia albums, in particular, command top dollar. > > DeserTBoB > > > "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: Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 10:56:32   At 09:00 AM 6/6/2000 -0500, you wrote: >you mean THAT record is worth money?<snip>   Yup! Copies sell routinely for $15 or more on eBay, IF the seller = mentions the "Montalba"/LaVey connection, and promotes it prominently in the item description.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Major correction on GW, Simonton, Vaughn, etc. From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 11:15:39   Listers:   Boy, is MY face red! I completely screwed up the GW/Simonton connection regarding Richard Vaughn's HIFIRecord releases. Memory is = failing...what's next??!?   Thanks to Bert Atwood, who did some excellent research into old "Theater Organ" issues dating back to 1959, we now have the correct scoop. The GW HIFIRecord releases were indeed done on the ex-Paradise Theater 5 manual; the "Simonton Grande" was eventually a 4/36 from various sources, and although Wright played there often, the recordings were made on the Vaughn organ. Included are Bert's findings:   "The Spring 1959 issue covers the Rich Vaughn Organ which was the 5/21 = from the Paradise Theatre in Chicago and was installed in Vaughn's LA = residence. Originally an ornate French Style console, Vaughn had it rebuilt in the Radio City Art Deco style. This was the organ GW used for most of the = HIFI Records.   The Spring 1961 issue covers Dick Simonton's 4/36 in his Toluca Lake home which was made "made up primarily of two organs -- Opus no. 2035 ... Paramount Picture Studios, Hollywood" and "Opus No. 1732, a 3/8 Wurlitzer installed by the factory at Treasure Island..." "Other additions came = from Opus No. 170 built for the Coliseum Theatre, Seattle, and from the Hope-Jones Organ built for St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, New York." The console was built up using the St. Paul Cathedral shell and was fairly unique in having three complete stop rails. I believe this was the organ known as "The Simonton Grande"."   Thus, I stand corrected, and wonder if I should start taking ginko baloba! After all, there's usually a picture of the Vaughn organ's console right = on the album sleeve! Crawford (and numerous others) did record on the Simonton organ, however.   Now, for today's question: What ever happened to the Vaughn organ, and = its handsome 5 manual "RCMH clone" console?   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Re: Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 11:47:41   At 01:44 PM 6/6/2000 EDT, you wrote: >As I feel certain that the Crystal Cathedral has no plans=20 >to return the Philharmonic's former instrument<snip>   Shame, isn't it? However great the organ was, however, there was no getting around the lousy acoustics of Lincoln Center, for which the organ was blamed for years. Once the organ was tossed out, the crummy, '60s acoustics remained, and another public performance venue lost a fine organ. It still gripes me that this latter-day example of =C6-S work was allowed b= y New York to be carted off to the "silica basilica", with its horrid acoustics and environmental problems and essentially made into a "Rough Fatty". Of course, New York also likes Giulliani, so they can't be TOO smart....   >Let us hope something new and wonderful might happen at Lincoln Center some years down the road.<snip>   ....which leaves many of us out in Los Angeles gloating, as we will have (hopefully) a fine Sch=F6enstein available for public performance in the upcoming Walt Disney Hall (known to some as "Dalt Wizzley Hall"). The architect's idea of using non-parallel surfaces throughout bodes well for a fine acoustical environment, although the place will probably end up looking like something out of a cartoon. One can only hope that someone cleans up the proposed fa=E7ade, which has been compared to french fries in = a Super Scoop from McDonald's.   We did, out here at one time, have a fine public performance organ in a 1910 Austin located in Philharmonic Auditorium downtown, which was unceremoniously chopped up for souviners by Dave Junchen to raise money for installation of the Reggie Foort/BBC M=F6ller in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to the north. The old Philharmonic, one of the first large reinforced concrete buildings in the world when built in 1902, did have its problems, notably with sight lines in the upper levels being blocked by pillars, but it had fine acoustics, due mostly to its domed, "roof of mouth" ceiling. It was leased by Central Baptist Church after the completion of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the LA County Music Center in 1964, who stayed there until 1984. The Chandler, where the Philharmonic has made its home ever since, can best be described as acoustically "neutral", and, of course, has no organ.   I watched the destruction of the auditorium from across the street where I worked in 1985 at 433 S. Olive, and can attest to that buildings abject refusal to be torn down! Walls of concrete as thick as eight feet, reinforced by massive steel cables, refused for the longest time to budge to the wrecker's ball. Grandiose plans by japanese interests to build a high rise on the site fell apart with the real estate bust of the late '80s-early '90s, and, last I saw, it's merely a parking lot.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Re: Major correction on GW, Simonton, Vaughn, etc. From: <KurtvonS@aol.com> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 15:02:29 EDT   In a message dated 6/6/00 1:57:50 PM Central Daylight Time, desertbob@rglobal.net writes:   << Now, for today's question: What ever happened to the Vaughn organ, and = its handsome 5 manual "RCMH clone" console? >> The organ resides intact in Bill Brown's home in Phoenix last I knew.  
(back) Subject: Buddy Cole on record...in all sizes! From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 12:12:41   At 11:24 AM 6/6/2000 -0700, you wrote: >Back in the late 40's when I was a disk jockey, we used Capitol >Transcriptions, among others, those big 16 inch 33 1/3 records >that were out long before CBS "invented" 33 1/3 records.<snip>   Columbia didn't "invent" 33 1/3 records, Bell Telephone Laboratories did = in the early '30s, finding that this speed materially decreased surface noise and playback wear when they made their historic stereo recordings of Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic in 1933. The 16" 33 1/3 system = was licensed for use by others under the "Westrex" system from AT&T's Western Electric, who held a virtual monopolistic lock on disk mastering equipment through the '50s. What Columbia invented was the "microgroove" system, which, when combined with much quieter vinyl plastic media, .07 mil diameter spherical stylus with light (comparatively) tracking force and = 12" diameter, became the "LP", which made CBS (and Bill Paley) a ton of money. Other labels, notably RCA, tried competing systems but failed, and had to pay CBS royalties when they finally adopted the "LP" format in both 10 and 12".   >Buddy >Cole did a bunch on them. Maybe some one has some of those thing >yet.<snip>   Buddy's 1947 release, "Moonlight Moods" on Capitol was out in both 78s = and, later, the then-new "RCA 45"s. I've got a nice set of the 45s. 16" transcriptions were never sold to the public (well, not if the labels = could help it), and 16" transcription turntables were hard to get unless you = were a broadcaster. I'm sure that a there are broadcast transcriptions out there (somewhere) of these same cuts, as there were of all records that labels wanted to have played on air.   DeserTboB  
(back) Subject: new LA organs From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 12:32:41 -0700       Bob Scarborough wrote:   > (snip)   > ...which leaves many of us out in Los Angeles gloating, as we will have > (hopefully) a fine Sch=F6enstein available for public performance in the > upcoming Walt Disney Hall (known to some as "Dalt Wizzley Hall"). The > architect's idea of using non-parallel surfaces throughout bodes well = for a > fine acoustical environment, although the place will probably end up > looking like something out of a cartoon. One can only hope that someone > cleans up the proposed fa=E7ade, which has been compared to french fries = in a > Super Scoop from McDonald's. >   Did I miss something along the line? I thought it started out to be a = Rosales.   BTW, who's the builder for the new RC cathedral in LA? It's been = announced, but I've forgotten.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: Kent Tritle Named to NY Philharmonic From: "Jackson R. Williams II" <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 12:31:12 -0700 (PDT)   A tracker for Avery Fisher Hall would be completely impractical. They would definitely need an electric action instrument with a movable console. --- ManderUSA@aol.com wrote: > Dear Lists and Friends, > > For the last five years or so, Kent Tritle, Director > of Music at St. Ignatius > Loyola, has been acting as a kind of freelance > pro-tem organist for the > Philharmonic. He has just been officially appointed > as Organist of the New > York Philharmonic, and will be listed that way in > programs beginning with the > fall season. I don't really want to go too deeply > into the question of what > he will actually be playing upon! Vermont > organbuilder Stephen Russell has > occasionally supplied a fairly powerful small and > portable Pipe Organ for > certain concerts. As I feel certain that the Crystal > Cathedral has no plans > to return the Philharmonic's former instrument, let > us hope something new and > wonderful might happen at Lincoln Center some years > down the road. > > Kent continues in his position at St. Ignatius, and > also as a member of the > faculty at The Juilliard School of Music, and Music > Director of the Dessoff > Choirs. In his spare time, he . . . . . . . . . > well, there isn't any, come > to think of it! > > Cheers from rainy Connecticut, > > Malcolm Wechsler > www.mander-organs.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 >     __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Photos -- now, 100 FREE prints! http://photos.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Re: new LA organs From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 13:09:41   At 12:32 PM 6/6/2000 -0700, you wrote: >Did I miss something along the line? I thought it started out to be a Rosales.<snip>   I wouldn't think the Rosales shop would be able to turn out an organ of = the size required for the "Dalt Wizzley" project, anyway, especially considering below happening at about the same time:   >BTW, who's the builder for the new RC cathedral in LA? It's been announced, but >I've forgotten.<snip>   I had heard Rosales did get that one, RC patronage being what it is. Whether he continues his penchant for heaps of loud, non-blending honking reed tone (seemingly in the hispanic tradition, as one looks at Spain's arberrant organ heritage) remains to be seen. I've heard a couple of his works, and remain nonplussed, especially at the lack of finely voiced flue ensemble work necessary in a concert organ.   Of course, as always, this is just MY opinion...I COULD be wrong!   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Fw: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 15:46:49 -0500   Isn't that promoting Satanism?   Rick     ----- Original Message ----- From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 10:56 AM Subject: Re: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton     > At 09:00 AM 6/6/2000 -0500, you wrote: > >you mean THAT record is worth money?<snip> > > Yup! Copies sell routinely for $15 or more on eBay, IF the seller mentions > the "Montalba"/LaVey connection, and promotes it prominently in the item > description. > > DeserTBoB > > "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: Re: new LA organs From: "Wm. G. Chapman" <wchapmn@attglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 00 14:13:11 -0800   On Tue, 06 Jun 2000 13:09:41, Bob Scarborough wrote: >>BTW, who's the builder for the new RC cathedral in LA? <snip> >I had heard Rosales did get that one, RC patronage being what it is. = <snip> >Whether he continues his penchant for heaps of loud, non-blending honking = <snip>. >Of course, as always, this is just MY opinion...I COULD be wrong! >DeserTBoB   Dear List:   Of course Bob could be wrong. He thought he was wrong once, but he was mistaken. :-)   Which is why it is curious that Manuel Rosales is the organ consultant to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for this project and that the work is actually to be done by Dobson (Opus 75). Austin would not build slider and pallet chests, which is an LA requirement, so they could not get the job to redo their own organ.   Grant    
(back) Subject: Re: new LA organs From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 14:39:17   At 02:13 PM 6/6/2000 -0800, you wrote: >Which is why it is curious that Manuel Rosales is the organ >consultant to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for this >project and that the work is actually to be done by Dobson >(Opus 75). Austin would not build slider and pallet chests, >which is an LA requirement, so they could not get the job >to redo their own organ.<snip>   Thank you for the correct information of the current LA archdiocese situation.   The "slider" requirement is sheer silliness to me, but...well, we KNOW who the players are here, now, don't we? Everyone knows the durability and functionality of the Universal Chest; it would have been a well-advised choice, and Austins on the whole are instruments of uncompromising = quality. But...politics being what they are....   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: George,Richard Vaughn,&Simonton From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 14:42:21   At 03:46 PM 6/6/2000 -0500, you wrote: >Isn't that promoting Satanism?<snip>   Who am I to say? All I know is the records sell for big bucks once LaVey is tied to them. Otherwise, they go for a buck or two. Such is the "free market"! Someone wants to plunk down $15-20 for a rather strange LP, that's their privilege!   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: LA cathedral organs old and new / Austin chests From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 15:26:59 -0700   Hello! The new cathedral organ is to be a rebuild based on the = Wangerin/Austin out of St. Vib's??!! That's the first I heard of THAT! At least one rank = of it went to St. James Wilshire for a Pedal Choral Bass, didn't it?   I gotta agree with Roberto-In-Deserto about Austin windchests, though ... = if you MUST have electric action, you can't kill 'em, and they're easy to = work on (providing they're not the CRAWL-in kind).   Question: is there any reason Austin chests COULDN'T be built as = note-channel chests? That would answer a lot of the objections of the Slider Set (me = among them) concerning blend and tuning.   Cheers,   Bud   Bob Scarborough wrote:   > At 02:13 PM 6/6/2000 -0800, you wrote: > >Which is why it is curious that Manuel Rosales is the organ > >consultant to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for this > >project and that the work is actually to be done by Dobson > >(Opus 75). Austin would not build slider and pallet chests, > >which is an LA requirement, so they could not get the job > >to redo their own organ.<snip> > > Thank you for the correct information of the current LA archdiocese > situation. > > The "slider" requirement is sheer silliness to me, but...well, we KNOW = who > the players are here, now, don't we? Everyone knows the durability and > functionality of the Universal Chest; it would have been a well-advised > choice, and Austins on the whole are instruments of uncompromising = quality. > But...politics being what they are.... > > DeserTBoB > > "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: George Montalba, George Wright, and the Organs They Played From: <Lewwill@aol.com> Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 18:49:08 EDT   Dear Listers   I have seen this thread deteriorate quite far from it's original topic. Let's examine a few facts.   The well-known Pipe Organ Favorites LP under discussion, ostensibly = recorded by one Georges Montalba in Nice, France during the mid-1950s, was actually =   recorded at the Loren Whitney studio organ by an American organist named = Bob Hunter (not Anton LeVay as previously reported). If memory serves, Mr. Hunter also recorded an organ and orchestra LP of marches. In the late = 1960s he was said to have emigrated to Australia, and there the trail of his whereabouts end.   The Whitney organ was recorded by many organists of the day, notably Jesse =   Crawford (for Decca), Eddie Dunsteder and Don Baker (both for Capitol). It =   was also recorded by Ann Leaf, Gordon Kibbee, Richard Ellsasser and Korla Pandit, as well as Loren Whitney himself. The instrument is currently in storage.   Though George Wright did play the instrument from time to time, he was not =   particularly fond of it and never recorded it commercially. The only California instruments he recorded from the 1950s on were the Vaughn 5/21 Wurlitzer, the San Francisco Fox 4/36. his own 3/27 studio instrument in Pasadena, the 2/10 (and later 14 rank) Wurlitzer in the South Pasadena Rialto, and his final Philharmonic organ in his LA home.   The Dick Simonton home had two instruments: a large four-manual classical instrument in the upstairs living room which was dedicated by Virgil Fox, = and the 4/36 Wurlitzer designed by Jesse Crawford and recorded on his last two =   Decca LPs. This organ was located in the basement, which had been = converted into a 100-seat theater called the Bijou. After Simonton's death, the classical instrument was sold, but the Wurlitzer remained. It was heavily =   damaged during the 1992 Northridge earthquake and subsequently sold to a party on the East Coast, where it is currently being installed.   The Richard Vaughn studio organ is currently installed in the home of Bill =   Brown in Phoenix. Since it's installation in the mid 1960s, it has been recorded by Lyn Larsen & Ron Rhode, and currently boasts about 34 ranks of =   pipes.   Regards   Lew Williams