PipeChat Digest #2291 - Monday, August 6, 2001
 
RE: compasses, etc.
  by "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org>
Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01
  by "S LaManna" <showstager@hotmail.com>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by <ContraReed@aol.com>
RE: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Conn 821C AGO Practice Organ on eBay
  by "Dave McClellan" <deep_tremolo@hotmail.com>
Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ
  by "Jon C." <opus1100@catoe.org>
RE: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ
  by "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org>
Re: compasses, etc.
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
want to know more about these parts...
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: compasses, etc.
  by <ahremsen40@aol.com>
Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Jeanne Loriod
  by "Mark Quarmby" <markq@flex.com.au>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
RE: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ
  by "Jon C." <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: The pentultimate pipe organ for the home
  by <Tspiggle@aol.com>
Re: want to know more about these parts...
  by "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net>
Oberlin in the '60s
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: want to know more about these parts...
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com>
Re: Journeyman Organ builders and reality (Ready or not)
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
RE: The pentultimate pipe organ for the home
  by "Josh Edwards" <fbcorganist@att.net>
Oberlin in the '60s, Me in Mine
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: RE: compasses, etc. From: "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 15:59:28 -0400   Mssr. Courboin emded up as organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral until his death when John Grady took over until his mysterious death. Does anyone = know the scoop on his death? I always wondered about it. I have never heard St. Patrick's Cathedral sing its heart out since Courboin's demise. And that = was in the '60s. He must have been 100 years old if he arrived here in 1904! Gives one hope. I'll tell you, when I sit down to play, seems that old arthritis and all its horrendous pain flies out the window. Must be the instrument. I guess this has noting to do with compasses. Hm.   -----Original Message----- From: RonSeverin@aol.com [mailto:RonSeverin@aol.com] Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 3:46 PM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: compasses, etc.     Hi Bud:   The name of that church in Boston, Emmanuel Episcopal, Wasn't that also the church Charles Courboin played for when he arrived in 1904 from Belgium? Something to that effect! Lynnwood Farnum played it for a while and then moved to The Church of the Holy Communion in NYC? There was an artical in either the TAO or Diapason about 2-3 years ago that = mentioned something like that. Now there is an organ begging to be restored, or rebuilt, That Casavant! If memory serves it was approximately 133 ranks, with wing terraced stop knobs. The only reason to move in my estimation would be more money in NYC or things got hot and ugly. I don't know too = much   about Lynnwood's temperment. I fall into that school of organ playing by way of Clarence Mader, a direct student of Farnum's to Ladd Thomas to Esther S. Jones my teacher. Farnum studied with Jacques Lemmens. There is a direct line drawn to J.S. Bach through Johann Krebs in this school of playing. Alex Mc Curdy, and three others were also students of Farnum but memory escapes me.   All the best,   ron Severin   "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: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01 From: "S LaManna" <showstager@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 16:04:16 -0400   Unless he has a residence like Jasper Sanfelippo's, which holds a 5 manual =   80 rank theatre organ, I am sure that it is mostly digital.   Any residence organ that size one of us on one of these lists would have heard of and wagged about it long before this!       Steve LaManna     _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp    
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: <ContraReed@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 16:06:06 EDT   In a message dated 8/6/01 2:57:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, = lmelby@prtel.com writes:   << As far as learning the workings of pipe organs, I found that the video "Voices in the Wind" was very good. >>   Where can one get this video?   I'm intending to be mainly a lurker on this list. I am on a committee at = my church which is looking at replacing/restoring/?? our 75 year old "Mighty Moller" (yes, we are in the mid-atlantic). I'm trying to find out as much = as possible about organs, both pipe and digital, with the least amount of = fuss. OR, if anyone has any insights on the different brands of digital organs, = I'd be more that happy to hear them (at this point, I don't think the congregation can afford much more than than perhaps several ranks of = pipes, augmented digitally.   Thanx in advance,  
(back) Subject: RE: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 16:13:48 -0400   At OHS this is the page http://store.yahoo.com/ohscatalog/videotapes1.html   -----Original Message----- From: ContraReed@aol.com [mailto:ContraReed@aol.com] Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 4:06 PM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart     In a message dated 8/6/01 2:57:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, = lmelby@prtel.com   writes:   << As far as learning the workings of pipe organs, I found that the video "Voices in the Wind" was very good. >>   Where can one get this video?   I'm intending to be mainly a lurker on this list. I am on a committee at = my   church which is looking at replacing/restoring/?? our 75 year old "Mighty Moller" (yes, we are in the mid-atlantic). I'm trying to find out as much as possible about organs, both pipe and digital, with the least amount of = fuss.   OR, if anyone has any insights on the different brands of digital organs, I'd be more that happy to hear them (at this point, I don't think the congregation can afford much more than than perhaps several ranks of = pipes, augmented digitally.   Thanx in advance,   "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: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 16:18:43 EDT   Hi Luther:   There was a Kilgen about 9 ranks in the old cemetary Calvary, LA. The reeds were Waldhorn 8', and Conopean It had a concert flute unit, Kilgen Diapason unit, Dulciana Unda Maris Salicional and Voix Celeste and a Vox Humana. The orchestral Oboe was a synthetic and so was the Quintadena. How's that for not laying eyes on the thing for 45 years.   It was voiced as a small concert organ and very mellow.   I learned on a four rank Kilgen, the Catholic special. :)   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Conn 821C AGO Practice Organ on eBay From: "Dave McClellan" <deep_tremolo@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 16:33:31 -0400   I have listed my Conn 821C Super Classic electronic "organ" on eBay. This =   is an AGO spec console (or close!) It makes a decent home practice organ = - I used it for that purpose for 5 years before I got pipes.   http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1453641485   Dave McClellan Atlanta   _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp    
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ From: "Jon C." <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 16:01:55 -0500   For Steve & Josh.....   That organ is all pipe and encompasses most of the house....there are = pipes around the walls in the dining room for example......         At 04:04 PM 8/6/01 -0400, you wrote: >Unless he has a residence like Jasper Sanfelippo's, which holds a 5 = manual >80 rank theatre organ, I am sure that it is mostly digital. > >Any residence organ that size one of us on one of these lists would have >heard of and wagged about it long before this! > > > >Steve LaManna > > >_________________________________________________________________ >Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at = http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp > > >"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: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ From: "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 17:07:01 -0400   Which are you referring to, the onw on the Wicks web site or the = Sanfelippo Organ?   -----Original Message----- From: Jon C. [mailto:opus1100@catoe.org] Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 5:02 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ     For Steve & Josh.....   That organ is all pipe and encompasses most of the house....there are = pipes around the walls in the dining room for example......         At 04:04 PM 8/6/01 -0400, you wrote: >Unless he has a residence like Jasper Sanfelippo's, which holds a 5 = manual >80 rank theatre organ, I am sure that it is mostly digital. > >Any residence organ that size one of us on one of these lists would have >heard of and wagged about it long before this! > > > >Steve LaManna > > >_________________________________________________________________ >Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at = http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp > > >"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     "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: compasses, etc. From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 17:13:27 EDT   Hi Robert:   Now I'm going to have dig out that artical from TAO written by Ray = Biswanger. I could be ten years off on the date it also could have been 1904. = Lynnwood died in 1930 at age 45. Charles Courboin came here in his late teens or = 20's. He and Firmin Swinnen were the Felix Hell's of their day. Charles = according to the artical liked fast cars, just like old EMS. Both had their share of auto accidents, but Charles was injured badly during the 20's or early = 30's in one and was in pain until his death. He was tall and dashing and always surrounded by adoring women. He was born in 1886 and died in 1973 The story appeared in the TAO 1996 in three installments September, November and December 1996. Charles was the organist of Antwerp Cathedral 1902-04 and packed um in 12,000 strong at times for concerts. He was only 16-18 years old. He was one of the most interesting players who ever lived, so was Firmin Swinnen. I heard Charles play via MidNight Christmas Mass from St. Pat's on tape delay. If you can immagine Virgil Fox and Hector Olivera hanging out in the same body, then you have some idea of how Charles, and Firmin played the organ. They were Bel's like Cesar Franck. IMHO the TAO should reissue the whole story again, because what you can learn is valuable stuff.   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: want to know more about these parts... From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 17:16:00 -0700   Hi People, Our group had a few things on Ebay that did not sell. I might list them again, but would like to inquire first if there would be any interest among you people, and in the instance of the last two items if some one could tell me more. The first concerns an organ bench back rest ONLY. I thought it might be a popular item. Apparently not. My start price could be too high. http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451541953&r=3D0&t= =3D0&showTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997114549&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1   Ditto for the second item: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451544514&r=3D0&t= =3D0&showTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997115315&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1   The following two I may have wrongly described. Does anyone recognize these actions? Is it possible they may never have belonged to an organ? could they be a vacuum system? http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451561853&r=3D0&t= =3D0&showTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997120498&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1 http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451565457&r=3D0&t= =3D0&showTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997121262&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1   Any and all (constructive) advice appreciated.   John V  
(back) Subject: Re: compasses, etc. From: <ahremsen40@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 17:20:01 EDT   Bob,   Dr. Courboin had actually retired before he died. He died in the early = 70's and was not happy when Grady was appointed the organist at St. Patricks. Grady had been gunning for the position for years and finally got it. = Grady died of a heart attack, no mystery attached. The reason you haven't heard =   the organ at St. Patrick's sing the way it used to is that it can't! Dr. Courboin had taken what was really a rather poor Kilgen and turned it into = a world class romantic instrument. It had such wonderful ensembles, the mixtures were pure silver, I could go on but there's no point. Grady. a = know nothing, started the "revamping" which goes on to this day. The organ is = now so obnixous it drives you out of the building, the Great mixtures and Solo =   reeds being ugly in the extreme. But I'll give the "revampers" this, they =   sure did make the instrument LOUD!   Best, Allan Remsen  
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 17:44:11 EDT   Robert:   Sanfillippo is a five story addition to the house. The Wicks is the one with all the pipes. So much for the digital myth. The Wicks is all pipe! Just like I told you. :) B. Ala.   Ron Severin   http://www.musicbase.org/E/SEV001.html http://www.churchorgansystems.com.html/products Fax:1-208-439-6781 Church Organ Systems of Orange County J=E4ger und Brommer Orgelbau St. Mary's by the Sea  
(back) Subject: Jeanne Loriod From: "Mark Quarmby" <markq@flex.com.au> Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 07:55:56 +1000     >Is she the wife of Messiaen, a great pianist in her >own right? I thought her first name was Yvonne.   She was the sister of Yvonne Loriod ie Messiaen's sister-in-law of the Ondes Martinot fame. I met all three of them when Messiaen came to Australia for his 80th birthday and was present at the Great Hall of Sydney University when Dame Gillian Weir performed the complete organ works in 5 recitals over four consecutive days! (53 stop, 3 man von Beckareth organ) That was back in 1988, I believe.   > Just received this news from Paris: > > Jeanne LORIOD est d=E9c=E9d=E9e, hier le 3 ao=FBt 2001 > Jeanne LORIOD is dead, yesterday, august 3, 2001 > > Funeral : august 7, 2001 at Saint-Roch Church    
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 17:56:36 -0400     ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com>   > I helped unpack the first wave of Flentrop practice organs at Oberlin = ... it was > like Christmas morning (grin) ... at that time, for practice organs we = had only > the "Chinese Moller" (so called because it was painted red and black), a > one-manual Flentrop, and a bunch of old 2-rank (TOO rank) (grin) electro-pneumatic > unit organs (Lewis & Hitchcock? I don't remember) and some Estey 2 = manual reed > organs in the basement of old Warner Hall. >   Bud, you are not that much older than I, if at all. Was there no Rice Hall in those your day, with Lewis and Hitchcock two rank instruments all down one side, and Mollers on the other, all connected to a large central = blower? When it was time for organ practice to cease, the blower got turned off. Harold Andrews was a graduate students when I was there. He later taught = at Greensboro College in North Carolina, and when Rice was being pulled down along with Warner Hall, came with a large truck and took a number of the Lewis and Hitchcock instruments to Greensboro with him, rebuilt, or = perhaps more like "revamped" and revoiced them, and they made reasonably good practice instruments. I believe the price was right.   I was at Oberlin 1953-57, by the way.   Cheers,   Malcolm    
(back) Subject: RE: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ From: "Jon C." <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 17:04:57 -0500   At 05:07 PM 8/6/01 -0400, you wrote: >Which are you referring to, the onw on the Wicks web site or the = Sanfelippo >Organ?   Barry Norris Residence Organ, Birmingham, Alabama     >-----Original Message----- >From: Jon C. [mailto:opus1100@catoe.org] >Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 5:02 PM >To: PipeChat >Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #2290 - 08/06/01Pentultimate pipe organ > > >For Steve & Josh..... > >That organ is all pipe and encompasses most of the house....there are = pipes >around the walls in the dining room for example...... >    
(back) Subject: Re: The pentultimate pipe organ for the home From: <Tspiggle@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 18:11:01 EDT   Josh:   It is my understanding that this is the largest residence pipe organ in = the U.S. (maybe the world) and is mostly (if not all) 100% pipe. There is a = web site of it somehwere (I can't recall where) and virtually every room in = the house has pipes in it. I believe Tom Hazelton did a concert there and the = web site showed him at the console. Future additions are planned.   Tom (in TN)  
(back) Subject: Re: want to know more about these parts... From: "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 18:28:04 -0400   Dear John, Why don't you take pictures of the stuff, look up the list of APOBA, and send the list with the pictures to all of them. Paul ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 8:16 PM Subject: want to know more about these parts...     > Hi People, Our group had a few things on Ebay that did not sell. I > might list them again, but would like to inquire first if there would > be any interest among you people, and in the instance of the last two > items if some one could tell me more. > The first concerns an organ bench back rest ONLY. I thought it might > be a popular item. Apparently not. My start price could be too high. > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451541953&r=3D0&t= =3D0&sh owTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997114549&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1 > > Ditto for the second item: > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451544514&r=3D0&t= =3D0&sh owTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997115315&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1 > > The following two I may have wrongly described. Does anyone > recognize these actions? Is it possible they may never have belonged > to an organ? could they be a vacuum system? > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451561853&r=3D0&t= =3D0&sh owTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997120498&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1 > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3D1451565457&r=3D0&t= =3D0&sh owTutorial=3D0&ed=3D997121262&indexURL=3D0&rd=3D1 > > Any and all (constructive) advice appreciated. > > John V > > "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: Oberlin in the '60s From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 15:29:58 -0700       Malcolm Wechsler wrote:   > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> > > > I helped unpack the first wave of Flentrop practice organs at Oberlin = ... > it was > > like Christmas morning (grin) ... at that time, for practice organs we = had > only > > the "Chinese Moller" (so called because it was painted red and black), = a > > one-manual Flentrop, and a bunch of old 2-rank (TOO rank) (grin) > electro-pneumatic > > unit organs (Lewis & Hitchcock? I don't remember) and some Estey 2 = manual > reed > > organs in the basement of old Warner Hall. > > > > Bud, you are not that much older than I, if at all. Was there no Rice = Hall > in those your day, with Lewis and Hitchcock two rank instruments all = down > one side, and Mollers on the other, all connected to a large central = blower?   I guess the majority WERE in Rice Hall ... I remember the central blower, = and how to turn it on (grin). But the reed organs were still in Warner = basement.   What I MOSTLY remember is that the practice rooms were so small your butt = sat directly on the radiator (grin).   > When it was time for organ practice to cease, the blower got turned off. > Harold Andrews was a graduate students when I was there. He later taught = at > Greensboro College in North Carolina, and when Rice was being pulled = down > along with Warner Hall, came with a large truck and took a number of the > Lewis and Hitchcock instruments to Greensboro with him, rebuilt, or = perhaps > more like "revamped" and revoiced them, and they made reasonably good > practice instruments. I believe the price was right. > > I was at Oberlin 1953-57, by the way.   Tee hee. Malcolm, you're OLDER than me. I matriculated in Sept. of 62', = right after my 18th birthday in August.   The Holtkamp Martinis came first in the new practice building, Robertson = Hall .... the Chinese Moller got moved over there, and the little Flentrop.   They bought two TERMINALLY strange Moller Artistes for a couple of rooms = that didn't have the ceiling height for a Holtkamp or a Flentrop ... they ended = up at Cincinnati Conservatory eventually. The only 16' was a "goose-honk" = 1/8th-length regal unit, which actually sounded nice in the middle register of the 8', = but it wouldn't have been my first choice for the ONLY reed on a small organ.   Cheers,   YOUNG Bud (grin)      
(back) Subject: Re: want to know more about these parts... From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 15:40:07 -0700   All of the magnets look like those made by the Aeolian Co. They are for electro pneumatic actions and usefull mostly for replacement parts.   Blaine Ricketts   John Vanderlee wrote: > > Hi People, Our group had a few things on Ebay that did not sell. I > might list them again, but would like to inquire first if there would > be any interest among you people, and in the instance of the last two > items if some one could tell me more.  
(back) Subject: Re: Journeyman Organ builders and reality (Ready or not) From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 19:26:16 EDT   Hi Robert:   It's funny, but people have called me a walking book before. It's funny = too to watch the hotshots make fools out of themselves when I'm untimately proved right.   For instance: No true pipe maker would ever consider using an electric soldering iron. Quality pipes are made with the old tried and true tools of the trade. I watched Archie Marche build pipes from scratch. He worked for Morton and before that Murray M. Harris. Knowing his background he fabricated a lot of the original Wanamaker pipes too. He was not well when I knew him. He was Kranky as hell and I loved him for it. I saw him build beautiful pipes, that was enough for me. This was in the 1950's to about 1961 when Holzinger closed his doors. The idleness alone killed the venerable old man. Val Holzinger died soon after from the same thing. I know just about every job in an organ shop, but would never attempt it by myself without another more knowledgeable than my self right there with = me. It's other people's money after all, and there's a great responsibility in =   that. Just a bit more confidence and about two or three more years and I'd have been ready. I have to laugh when some young scrub not yet dry behind the ears proclaims, I'm building all my pipes out of wood, How do you do it? I mentally say, It takes years, and you want it all in one day. = :) Hmmmm! Journey men builders will generally buy all their pipes, chests actions. I call these people assemblers. A tracker in Diamond Bar CA. for the church of St. Denis was built this way. It was built for half the = cost of a true master builder, It has never played correctly to this day. It = was never voiced artistically or othewise. The guy went back to Germany in total disgrace. He was a hot shot too. The organ, a wasted 49 rank = organ cost $300,000. done right $600,000. It was supposed to be a French Classic tracker only the scales and voicing were North German Baroque. Not smart! That was as recent as 1992. This was a cut profit cut corner job, and I've never seen one work out yet! There was no respect for the art of organ building here.   Ron Severin   PS Anyone aspiring to the pipe organ trade should work for a Good well known co. for a period of years, learn wood working and joining, leathering, Metal and Wood pipe making, chest and windline work. pipe voicing everything, so that someone can accuse you of being a Master Builder. Take all the recomended tests too. Don't cut corners.  
(back) Subject: RE: The pentultimate pipe organ for the home From: "Josh Edwards" <fbcorganist@att.net> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 19:28:57 -0400   Does anyone know of a website besides the Wick's page for information and photos of this organ? It would be amazing to see and covet ;)!   Josh in TN    
(back) Subject: Oberlin in the '60s, Me in Mine From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 19:35:51 -0400     ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com>   "my 18th birthday in August.   YOUNG Bud (grin)"   Well, happy birthday, August birthday boy. Are you telling the day?   Yours,   OLD Malcolm (no grin other than perhaps chagrin!)