PipeChat Digest #1815 - Saturday, February 10, 2001
 
San Diego TO group presents "Musica Curiosa" - cross-post
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
Re: Hi
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Re: organist as organ designer
  by <SProt82850@cs.com>
RE: organist as organ designer
  by "Randy Terry" <randyterry@laumc.org>
Re: organist as organ designer
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net>
Question?  (Re: Alan Laufman)
  by "Stu Ballinger" <wa2bss@vh.net>
pipes  -cleaning out basement
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Vicki's next-to-the-last update
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
RE: organist as organ designer
  by "Randy Terry" <randyterry@laumc.org>
Martin Ott tracker organ for sale
  by "Lisa Gustafson" <lisaviolin@mindspring.com>
Re: Vicki's next-to-the-last update
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Martin Ott tracker organ for sale
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: San Diego TO group presents "Musica Curiosa" - cross-post From: <MUSCUR@aol.com> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 14:45:32 EST   The Theatre Organ Society of San Diego presents Dennis James' remarkable "MUSICA CURIOSA- Echoes of Forgotten Instruments"   Featuring rare musical instruments from the past, including the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ plus Benjamin Franklin's Armonica, the = Seraphim, the Vitreous Choir, the Cristal Baschet, the Theremin . . . with special guest Robert Korda playing the Stroh Phonoviolin.   Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p/m/) Trinity Facilities, 3902 Kenwood Drive, Spring Valley, California Suggested donation: $10 / For information call 858-715-9009 or = 619-286-9979     The Glass Armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761 and is = generally considered to be the first truly American musical instrument. It consists = of a horizontally nested series of glass bowls attached to a spinning rod and =   played by moistened fingers rubbing the exposed rims. Franklin's niece, Marianne Davies, already a proficient performer of the musical glasses, = made the new instrument popular throughout Europe soon after its invention. = The blind armonica virtuoso Marianna Kirchgassner later inspired Mozart to = write for the delicate instrument what were to become his last chamber music compositions. To compose music for the armonica in the late 18th Century = was not eccentric, but highly fashionable, with C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, = Naumann, Reichardt, Roellig and many of their contemporaries known to have written numerous glass solo and ensemble works.   The Seraphim is a term used in a nineteenth century English treatise by J. = E. Franklin to describe a set of tuned musical glasses mounted on a table. Dennis James assembled his 35-note fully chromatic version in 1986 = utilizing perfectly-tuned brandy snifters acquired after auditioning several = thousand candidates at import glass outlets throughout the country. He plans to continue expanding its range and will rejoice when finding F#5 and G#5.   The Cristal Baschet was invented in 1954 by the brothers Baschet, Francois =   and Bernard, of Paris, France. The Baschets decided to collaborate on the =   invention of "musical instruments for the music of tomorrow". Their = research concentrated on using the vibration or internal wave potential of steel = bars excited by glass rods. They developed their Cristal, which has been described as a wide-ranging device that looks like a piano turned inside = out. But the Cristal has glass rods instead of keys and hammers plus metal = bars with resonating plates, with long wire whiskers in place of piano wires = and steel or plastic cones as amplifiers.   The Theremin was invented in 1920 by Professor Lev Sergeyevich Termen (anglicized later to Leon Theremin) of the Institute Physico-Technique in Leningrad and is the first truly practical and mass-marketed electronic musical synthesizer. The instrument, originally called the aetherphone or =   thereminvox (literally 'voice of theremin'), is most popularly known as = the theremin and played by the motion of the musician's hands in the space surrounding the instrument's antennae.   The Phonoviolin was Invented by a prolific and often overlooked inventor = and scientist, Augustus Stroh, and introduced in 1901. It became cutting edge =   technology - the standard of the recording studio during the early days of =   recorded sound. It replaced the sound box of the traditional violin with = an aluminum diaphragm coupled to a large trumpet horn. If you were to play a =   record or cylinder made prior to 1925 (before the advent of microphones a large frequency response) of a band with strings, chances are the violin = you would hear was not the spruce and maple violin of old, but a mahogany and aluminum instrument that was invented with the intention of improving the recorded sound of the violin.     DENNIS JAMES has made a performing career out of the delight in discovery, =   taking up challenging musical instruments that have fallen into disuse but =   for which there remain a viable repertoire. Emerging with his rare instrument collection on the international scene in 1991 with over fifty music festival appearances, from Lincoln Center to London, Salzburg and Vienna, Dennis James has developed a major touring concert, recording, and =   lecture career that spans the globe. James has also dedicated a large portion of his professional music career to the continuation of the theatrical traditions of organ performance and furthering public interest = in the theatre pipe organ. Born in Philadelphia in 1950, Dennis James began formal organ training in that city at the age of twelve. James attended Indiana University's School of Music as a student of concert and church = organ performance, earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.   Ohono-violinist ROBERT KORDA studied the violin with Peter Meremblum, = Sascha Jacobson and Manuel Compinsky. While at UCLA he taught music at the Immaculate Heart College. As a teenager he appeared as soloist in = concerts with comedian/violinist Jack Benny and, at the age of 20, became the = youngest violinist to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Korda performed with the =   orchestra for over 20 years under the directorships of George Solti, Zubin =   Mehta, Carlo Maria Guilini and other noted conductors. He recorded with Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta, Henry Mancini among other notables. = He has performed for many heads of state including the royal families of England and Spain, presidents of the United States and ambassadors from = many countries. Los Angeles, CA resident Korda maintains an active free-lance career in the recording, television, radio and motion picture industries while playing leading positions and solo engagements with the American Chamber Symphony, the Glendale Symphony, the Roger Wagner Symphonia = Orchestra and the Ambassador College Symphony.   Production Contact: Musica Curiosa 3707 5th Avenue, #412 San Diego, CA 92103 619-234-1396 / muscur@aol.com      
(back) Subject: Re: Hi From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 15:43:04 EST     --part1_f.fa0c625.27b5b058_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 2/9/01 9:18:24 AM Eastern Standard Time, RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org writes:     > Oh God, Sorry everyone, this was to go ONLY to Malcolm. Please, all you > others, pretend you did not even see this.   Well, Robert, we DID see it.   How are you doing?   Vicki   --part1_f.fa0c625.27b5b058_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 = FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0">In a message dated = 2/9/01 9:18:24 AM Eastern Standard Time, <BR>RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org writes: <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#008000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Tahoma" LANG=3D"0"><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: = #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: = 5px">Oh God, Sorry everyone, this was to go ONLY to Malcolm. Please, all = you <BR>others, pretend you did not even see this.</FONT><FONT = COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Tahoma" = LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" = FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>Well, Robert, we DID see it. <BR> <BR>How are you doing? <BR> <BR>Vicki</FONT></HTML>   --part1_f.fa0c625.27b5b058_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: organist as organ designer From: <SProt82850@cs.com> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 19:12:09 EST   In a message dated 2/9/01 7:56:30 AM Pacific Standard Time, = TubaMagna@aol.com writes:   << Are you selecting your organbuilder based upon the number of name plates he's engraved, or upon how usable = and beautiful his instruments are, and how intelligently they are designed? = >>   Or is your consultant selecting your organbuilder based on the generous payoff into his/her back pocket from that builder?   Well said, by the way, Sebastian. I know plenty of builders who will = confess that they don't even play the organ! That almost seems to me as bad as = the car designer who doesn't drive or... you can fill in your own = comparisons. On the other hand, what happens when a knowledgeable organist who is designing an organ gets to the point of scaling, wind pressures, etc.?   Unfortunately, this part of organ design requires experience scaling and voicing to understand how scaling, wind pressure, ACOUSTICS, mouth = treatment, nicking, pipe materials, etc. all affect the final result. Granted there = are some guidelines such as 17 halving, 1/4 mouths, etc. for Principals, but following formulas will probably provide a safe sounding organ that really =   plays everything but nothing.   Perhaps the best thing, in my opinion, that an organist designer can do is =   design an organ to the point where more expertise is needed and then = choose a builder carefully based on the builder's compatibility with the design and = a proven sound that meets the concepts of the designer.   Steven   And be sure to choose a builder who will create an organ of visual as well = as tonal beauty. An organ is far too expensive and visually dominant to = settle for the mediocre, even often ugly designs that get built most of the time today!    
(back) Subject: RE: organist as organ designer From: "Randy Terry" <randyterry@laumc.org> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 16:49:03 -0800       -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of SProt82850@cs.com   Perhaps the best thing, in my opinion, that an organist designer can do is design an organ to the point where more expertise is needed and then = choose a builder carefully based on the builder's compatibility with the design and = a proven sound that meets the concepts of the designer. *********************   Exactly, but what about John Hendriksen, a wonderful voicer who was at Aeolian Skinner for years - he came to my church and took a mundane Moller from 1979 and turned it into an Aeolian Skinner sound, which was quite successful except for the mixture, which was scaled all wrong. But he is not an organist.   I keep saying: it is more important to have a *knowledge* of the organ's = use in literature and service playing. If you have the knowledge and can't actually play, this knowledge will guide you as you use your skills in organbuilding. The same can be true for organist-designers. A stoplist isn't worth c*** if the organ doesn't work. I have a basic knowledge of scaling and voicing, but I would not dare touch a pipe intended to be used in an instrument. I have tried it and it doesn't work! I know enough to figure out when a pipe is off speech that perhaps the languid is too low, for example, but I don't have the skill or tools to adjust it correctly. = I rely on the builder.   Randy    
(back) Subject: Re: organist as organ designer From: "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net> Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 19:42:12 -0600   At 2/9/01 10:55 AM, Sebastian queried: >Dear list members: > >What about good, educated, knowledgeable organists as organ designers?   Greetings, Seb, and everyone else!!   Seems to me that the best results are realized when a "good, educated, knowledgeable organist" works WITH a "good, educated, knowledgeable organbuilder".   Despite many examples to the contrary, it *can* happen...!!   Steven mentions builders that admit that they don't actually *play* the organ. I think there are many such builders (myself included, I suppose). Of those, I find that most actually *can* play -- just not to a degree of polish that they consider fit for an audience. When one considers how = much time it takes of your life to be either an organist *or* an organbuilder......I hope I don't have to feel bad for not being both!! <G>   Just my $.02 worth...!   Tim Bovard Little Rock, AR    
(back) Subject: Question? (Re: Alan Laufman) From: "Stu Ballinger" <wa2bss@vh.net> Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 20:55:32 -0500   Was wondering if anyone got to this past Sunday's Memorial Service, & Recitial for Alan Miller Laufman, in Boston? I didn't, mainly due to the Weather forcast!   Thank's,.Stu Ballinger (1995 OHS EPB Fellow!)  
(back) Subject: pipes -cleaning out basement From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 21:50:36 -0500   For sale- Dennison 8' Trumpet with cone-toes (not round). Reeds and boots good, some fender-work needed on long resonators. No trebles. 7-inch = wind. Make offer. Crating, shipping extra.   For Sale- WurliTzer 8' Violin and 8' (Violin) Celeste. Mitered U-shaped = for low ceiling. Low twelve only each set. Make offer. Crating, shipping = extra.   Rick    
(back) Subject: Vicki's next-to-the-last update From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 21:53:21 EST     --part1_b1.6ecbaf6.27b60721_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 2/9/01 3:47:40 PM Eastern Standard Time, pstorandt@okcu.edu writes:     > You may want to start a pipechat support group for members who've been > through hell. > > Hope you are continuing to thrive, physically and emotionally.   You mean we don't have a support group???????   I'm doing really well. I am officially in remission, and I really feel = that the cancer is completely gone. And, it's so nice to have hair again!   I'm going into Southampton Hospital, NY on 2/15 for reconstruction and remodeling. I'm having a tram flap done, which means that my belly is = being transplanted and shaped into a breast. Since it's a self-transplant, = there aren't any rejection problems, and I won't have any plastics in me either. = And, as an added bonus, the surgery results in a tummy tuck. It's nice to =   find out what a belly is good for! :-)   I will be in hospital for 5 - 6 days (the nurses have been warned that I'm =   coming back again), and then I'll be home for a while. I'm going to be pretty much stir crazy before I'm allowed back down the stairs to my apartment! Emails, etc. will help keep me sane.....   Again, all of you, thank you for being there for me. It helps.   Yours, Vicki Ceruti   --part1_b1.6ecbaf6.27b60721_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 = FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0">In a message dated = 2/9/01 3:47:40 PM Eastern Standard Time, <BR>pstorandt@okcu.edu writes: <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">You may want to = start a pipechat support group for members who've been <BR>through hell. &nbsp; <BR> <BR>Hope you are continuing to thrive, physically and emotionally. = &nbsp;</BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" = FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>You mean we don't have a support group??????? <BR> <BR>I'm doing really well. &nbsp;I am officially in remission, and I = really feel that <BR>the cancer is completely gone. &nbsp;And, it's so nice to have hair = again! <BR> <BR>I'm going into Southampton Hospital, NY on 2/15 for reconstruction and =   <BR>remodeling. &nbsp;I'm having a tram flap done, which means that my = belly is being <BR>transplanted and shaped into a breast. &nbsp;Since it's a = self-transplant, there <BR>aren't any rejection problems, and I won't have any plastics in me = either. &nbsp; <BR>And, as an added bonus, the surgery results in a tummy tuck. = &nbsp;It's nice to <BR>find out what a belly is good for! &nbsp;:-) &nbsp; <BR> <BR>I will be in hospital for 5 - 6 days (the nurses have been warned that = I'm <BR>coming back again), and then I'll be home for a while. &nbsp;I'm going = to be <BR>pretty much stir crazy before I'm allowed back down the stairs to my <BR>apartment! &nbsp;Emails, etc. will help keep me sane..... <BR> <BR>Again, all of you, thank you for being there for me. &nbsp;It helps. <BR> <BR>Yours, <BR>Vicki Ceruti</FONT></HTML>   --part1_b1.6ecbaf6.27b60721_boundary--  
(back) Subject: RE: organist as organ designer From: "Randy Terry" <randyterry@laumc.org> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 19:06:22 -0800       -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Tim Bovard Steven mentions builders that admit that they don't actually *play* the organ. I think there are many such builders (myself included, I suppose). Of those, I find that most actually *can* play -- just not to a degree of polish that they consider fit for an audience. When one considers how = much time it takes of your life to be either an organist *or* an organbuilder......I hope I don't have to feel bad for not being both!! <G>   Just my $.02 worth...!   ********** Listen, I will admit that I took this opportunity to leave the south and come to CA. I needed a P.E., math 100, and something else that was piddly to finish my degree. I've successfully completed all the music classes = for the BMus in organ performance. I was never professionally trained until I decided to major in organ in college. I swear I went in there knowing F-A-C-E, and E-G-B-D-F, and that was it.   My last three jobs had doctorate people before me. I do think people look and my academic credentials and raise their eyebrows a bit, but give me 5 minutes at the organ and I have it, hook, line, and sinker!   I used to worry about stuff like this but it has not stopped me at = anything I have tried, especially in the Silicon Valley area of CA. I am making = more money doing what I am doing now than I could ever hope to make in a full-time music job with a doctorate, save for a few Cathedral type positions. I just don't care anymore. You take me just the way I am. = I'll be the first one to admit I don't play as much standard literature as I should, but I play the Bach Fantasy and Fugue in g minor, Dorian t & F, G maj P & F, etc. I haven't stopped to learn the Widor Toccata, but I play the Finale from Vierne's Sym 1.   What does all this count for? I do think having an education is = important, but education/degrees does not automatically equal innate musical ability and the ability to play a good liturgical service. You don't *learn* this in school, you learn it by doing it and if you have the ability inside you it comes out.   I've often thought of starting training as an organ builder. But I don't want to give up my current income and lifestyle, as long as it lasts! I would have never dreamed 3 years ago that I would be playing MY = compositions in Stanford's Memorial Church on Oct. 15 Pipes Spectacular, but it = happened, and no fireworks went off. The performance went off fine - even very = good, but inside I am the same and it doesn't mean squat!   I ought to delete this rambling message, but I am interested to hear if = this touches home with anyone - AND, I am certianly not belittling those who do have impressive academic credentials. But in the end the proof is in the playing! <ha!>   Sincerely, Randy Terry    
(back) Subject: Martin Ott tracker organ for sale From: "Lisa Gustafson" <lisaviolin@mindspring.com> Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 22:23:51 -0500   Greetings,   Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora Illinois, USA(630-859-0683) is selling a Martin Ott Tracker Pipe Organ. This organ was originally purchased from Martin Ott (Orgelbaumeister) at $105,000 in the mid eighties. It is in Mint condition having been meticulously maintainted. Martin Ott is still alive and building organs like this with a 3-5 year waiting list. This organ at Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora is immediately available. CALL FOR CURRENT PRICING.   This is the first time that a Martin Ott Organ is available for resale. He himself has said that none of his pipe organs has ever been resold. This is an amazing opportunity. Please make arrangements to see this organ by calling the church at 630--896-3415 and ask for either Pastor Dan Borchers, or Church Council member Lisa Gustafson. Pastor Dan can be reached at pastrdan@yahoo.com or Lisa Gustafson can be reached at lisaviolin@mindspring.com -- Call soon before this offer gets to widely distributed and you miss your chance--    
(back) Subject: Re: Vicki's next-to-the-last update From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 00:46:51 EST     --part1_89.238cc2b.27b62fcb_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 2/10/01 2:53:54 AM !!!First Boot!!!, Myosotis51@aol.com =   writes:     > > >> You may want to start a pipechat support group for members who've = been >> through hell. >> > You mean we don't have a support group??????? >   We're organists for Pete's sake. Who HASN'T been through hell!   ;-)   Bruce ~ Cremona502@cs.com with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" Visit Howling Acres at http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/   --part1_89.238cc2b.27b62fcb_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">In a message dated 2/10/01 2:53:54 AM !!!First = Boot!!!, Myosotis51@aol.com <BR>writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px"> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">You may want to = start a pipechat support group for members who've been <BR>through hell. &nbsp;&nbsp; <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" = FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR>You mean we don't have a support group??????? <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SCRIPT" = FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>We're organists for Pete's sake. &nbsp;Who HASN'T been through hell! <BR> <BR>;-) <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D5 FAMILY=3D"DECORATIVE" = FACE=3D"Tempus Sans ITC" LANG=3D"0"><I>Bruce = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ &nbsp;</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" = SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SERIF" FACE=3D"Calisto MT" = LANG=3D"0">Cremona502@cs.com</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D5 = FAMILY=3D"DECORATIVE" FACE=3D"Tempus Sans ITC" LANG=3D"0"> &nbsp; <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SERIF" = FACE=3D"Calisto MT" LANG=3D"0">with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest = ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" <BR>Visit Howling Acres at = &nbsp;&nbsp;http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/</I></FONT></HTML>   --part1_89.238cc2b.27b62fcb_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Martin Ott tracker organ for sale From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 01:12:25 EST   In a message dated 2/9/01 10:20:11 PM Eastern Standard Time, lisaviolin@mindspring.com writes:   << Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora Illinois, USA(630-859-0683) is selling = a Martin Ott Tracker Pipe Organ. This organ was originally purchased from Martin Ott (Orgelbaumeister) at $105,000 in the mid eighties. >> How about some specifics -- eg, size, stoplist, dimensions, etc., and why = it is being sold, asking price.