PipeChat Digest #1774 - Tuesday, January 16, 2001
 
Kilgen
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Fw: Wedding Dawn....   (Revised edition)
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
 

(back) Subject: Kilgen From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 23:30:48 -0800   In some measure, success killed Kilgen, much as it did Aeolian-Skinner and Moller.   After the St. Patrick's organ in NYC, the National Shrine of the Little = Flower organ in Michigan, and the Cathedral Basilica organ in St. Louis, they = were SWAMPED with orders. The large important installations (like Little = Flower, which followed St. Patrick's ... I don't know where it comes in relation = to St. Louis) received a full measure of attention ... the smaller organs coasted = on the Kilgen name. Since the Little Flower organ was heard by millions on = the radio every week during Father Coughlin's broadcasts, the name was a = household word, at least among RCs.   I too remember the ads for small unit organs with electronic 16' Bourdons, = but some of the remnants of the Kilgen organization settled in Cincinnati, = bringing with them some of the last of the little four-rank (Diapason, Flute, = String, Dulciana) organs, and all the ones I saw had Bourdon pipes. I don't know = if any of the hybrids were actually ever built, since Allen was a force to be = reckoned with by the 1960s, and offered a LOT more stop-knobs (at least) for less = money.   Another aspect was the tight-fistedness of RC pastors, and Kilgen was = virtually the "house builder" for RC churches, along with Wicks, Tellers and Moller. = They would cut corners to get contracts, because Father just had to have thus-and-such on his organ (grin).   The OLD Kilgen organs I played in Cincinnati had ELEGANT, sophisticated = voicing; some were better than E.M. Skinners of the same period, particularly the diapasons and flutes. And some of their chorus reeds were REALLY superb = ... romantic without being tubby, with a fine "clang" in the full organ.   Cheers,   Bud        
(back) Subject: Fw: Wedding Dawn.... (Revised edition) From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:54:00 -0500   I soon discovered coupling the Swell flute, diapason, strings, and vox to the Choir.....coupling the Great diapason, flute, gemshorn to the Choir.........and adding the Choir diapason, unda maris and rohr flute..........playing all coupled at 16', 8', and 4' on the Choir with = all trems to be a very pleasing sound. Stereo separation is 25-30' apart up in the loft. Out in the sanctuary, the acoustics are dreamy. Just the flutes coupled with the unda maris, left you swimming in liquid sound. No chimes, but a nice wood-bar harp or soft chrys. would be nice at times.   No turntable lift or movie screen either, but what the hell.   Rick     ----- Original Message ----- From: Jim <bald1@prodigy.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 10:26 PM Subject: Re: Wedding Dawn.... (Revised edition)     > Hey, kind of sounds like a small Riverside. > > Jim H. > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> > To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 8:53 PM > Subject: Fw: Wedding Dawn.... (Revised edition) > > > > Well James, the old Reuter turned out to be such a wonderful = orchestral > > instrument with plenty of string, diapason and flute celestes and = three > > wobbulating trembulators that I got caught-up in the excitement. > > > > Rick > > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: Jim <bald1@prodigy.net> > > To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> > > Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 9:53 PM > > Subject: Re: Wedding Dawn.... (Revised edition) > > > > > > > > "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 >