PipeChat Digest #2166 - Saturday, June 23, 2001
 
Re: Hello and question
  by "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net>
Re: Hello and question
  by "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net>
Virgil and the "Here Comes the Bride" Record
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Mystery Worshiper (Amusing)(provocative)
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
RE: Mystery Worshiper (Amusing)(provocative)
  by "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu>
Re: Question and Hello
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
St. Theresa RC - Peragallo - TAOJuly
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Big changes at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood (x-post)
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Hello and question From: "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 07:28:56 -0500   We have a Preludium III at my church which we have used for 11 years. I does require "tweaking" about once a year. I also have a Preludium I at home which I have had about 8 years and have only had to have serviced = about every 2 years.   Both of them require opening up and cleaning the contacts on the keyboard = or keys start to "stutter" - double attacks and cutting in and out on = sustained notes. The PIII, also has had to have corrosion cleaned off computer = board contacts and the contacts to the plugs where the "umpteen" amps plug in - = or you lose one chromatic side of a whole division. We have also had to replace about 3 amps over the years because they simply gave out - but = since we went with the full complement of channels, we really do have 13 amps = and 13 pairs of speakers. My organ at home has also had a problem with the little rubber thingies (that is an official technical term) that are part = of the pedal contacts breaking down - have had to replace 3 of them - this causes pedals to go dead. There is also a weird problem that happens from time to time on the PI (that has never happened on the PIII, but I guess that doesn't mean it couldn't) - the computer gets stuck somehow and when you turn on the organ, any note you play makes all the notes play in a big ugly cluster - if you turn off and restart it holding down the 3,4,&5 pistons, it "resets" the computer and everything is fine. (Little things they don't mention in the owner's manual)   I personally consider this a pretty good track record for 11 years. The main thing that I have noticed is that whenever anything happens = internally with any of the computer boards or contacts or amps, it appears to be a really major problem - if a pipe organ ciphers, you lose one note. When = one contact corrodes, I lose either all the reeds or all the flues on a whole division. But the fix is always fast and not expensive. I would contact Galanti (they have number on a web page that I found once when the company that originally sold our organ went out of business) - and they can give = you the number of a repair person in your area. You may actually only have a handful of minor fixes to get it back in shape.   Good luck! Margo FUMC, Lewisville, TX    
(back) Subject: Re: Hello and question From: "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 07:33:14 -0500   Actually, I'm still using the one I got when I first went off to undergraduate school - and we won't talk about how long ago - but a lot more than 15 years. And my parents are still using one they have had since I was in elementary school. We won't say how old it is either, but it has turn-knobs instead of push buttons and tubes inside...   TubaMagna@aol.com wrote:   > How long did your last clock radio last? > > "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: Virgil and the "Here Comes the Bride" Record From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 09:29:54 EDT     --part1_f5.ba3559b.2864a252_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   The question has been raised as to whether or not Virgil really = recorded=3D20 "Here Comes the Bride" at Girard, or merely SAID it was at Girard and=3D20 actually recorded it at Riverside.   Anyone who has heard or played the Girard organ (as I have many times) = knows=3D =3D20 the sound of that instrument in that room. The tuba stop alone on = the=3D20 recording gives it away. I don't believe Riverside had a grand tuba = stop=3D20 after the 1955 rebuild, I could be wrong.   When a record is rereleased, many times it is also remixed. I have heard = an=3D d=3D20 seen this happen several times with rereleases. The acoustics in Girard = are=3D =3D20 very definite and my recording, which is an old, original release, = sounds=3D20 exactly like that organ in that room. Remember that miking and = recording=3D20 technology was nowhere near what it is today during those years.   In addition, the organ on the recording is a bit "tubbier" than the = Riversid=3D e=3D20 sound when Virgil recorded there, and I am not saying that in a bad = light=3D20 towards Girard- it is truly one of the finest and most perfect instruments = I=3D =3D20 have ever played!   My opinion- "Here Comes the Bride" was indeed recorded at Girard.   SCOTT F. FOPPIANO, Principal Organist and Director of Music and Liturgy THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI (Geo. Kilgen & Son, St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) =3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens, fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D     --part1_f5.ba3559b.2864a252_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>The question has = been rai=3D sed as to whether or not Virgil really recorded=3D20 <BR>"Here Comes the Bride" at Girard, or merely SAID it was at Girard = and=3D20 <BR>actually recorded it at Riverside. <BR> <BR>Anyone who has heard or played the Girard organ (as I have many times) = k=3D nows=3D20 <BR>the sound of that instrument in that room. &nbsp;The tuba stop alone = on=3D20=3D the=3D20 <BR>recording gives it away. &nbsp;I don't believe Riverside had a grand = tub=3D a stop=3D20 <BR>after the 1955 rebuild, I could be wrong. <BR> <BR>When a record is rereleased, many times it is also remixed. &nbsp;I = have=3D heard and=3D20 <BR>seen this happen several times with rereleases. &nbsp;The acoustics in = G=3D irard are=3D20 <BR>very definite and my recording, which is an old, original release, = sound=3D s=3D20 <BR>exactly like that organ in that room. &nbsp;Remember that miking and = rec=3D ording=3D20 <BR>technology was nowhere near what it is today during those years. <BR> <BR>In addition, the organ on the recording is a bit "tubbier" than the = Rive=3D rside=3D20 <BR>sound when Virgil recorded there, and I am not saying that in a bad = ligh=3D t=3D20 <BR>towards Girard- it is truly one of the finest and most perfect = instrumen=3D ts I=3D20 <BR>have ever played! <BR> <BR>My opinion- "Here Comes the Bride" was indeed recorded at Girard. <BR> <BR><B>SCOTT F. FOPPIANO</B>, Principal Organist and Director of Music and = L=3D iturgy <BR>THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI <BR>(Geo. Kilgen &amp; Son, St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) <BR><I>=3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat = dicens, <BR>fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D</I> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_f5.ba3559b.2864a252_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Mystery Worshiper (Amusing)(provocative) From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 10:44:52 EDT   Dear List:   I found this website both amusing and provocative and down right original. It started in the UK, but now has teams on nearly every habitable continent. They rate just about anything you can think of about churches, service quality etc. Have fun, It's a big site, and your church could be on it! :)   http://ship-of-fools.com/Mystery/Mystery_body.html   Their archives go back several years, and they try not to visit the same church twice. Check out the listings for the US, no we are not immune, They even hit St. Monica's in Santa Monica, CA.   I thought list members could gain insights into their music programs as viewed by an outsider, whom they may wish to attract.   Have fun with this,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: RE: Mystery Worshiper (Amusing)(provocative) From: "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:44:50 -0500   Ron et al.:   This was a find! I've checked on the many places I've been that are reviewed and found them accurately portrayed. In fact, I've signed on as = a new mystery worshipper. Watch out St. Agatha's (sorry, Glenda...)!   Peter   -----Original Message----- From: RonSeverin@aol.com [mailto:RonSeverin@aol.com] Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:45 AM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Mystery Worshiper (Amusing)(provocative)     Dear List:   I found this website both amusing and provocative and down right original. It started in the UK, but now has teams on nearly every habitable continent. They rate just about anything you can think of about churches, service quality etc. Have fun, It's a big site, and your church could be on it! :)   http://ship-of-fools.com/Mystery/Mystery_body.html   Their archives go back several years, and they try not to visit the same church twice. Check out the listings for the US, no we are not immune, They even hit St. Monica's in Santa Monica, CA.   I thought list members could gain insights into their music programs as viewed by an outsider, whom they may wish to attract.   Have fun with this,   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: Question and Hello From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 14:33:48 EDT   So we have NOW determined that some clock radios last longer than certain brands of electronic keyboard instruments... And to think that the organ in Sion is running on its same "speakers" and equipment from the year 1380...   Sebastian Matthaus Gluck whose real kitchen toaster is an early form of tubular exhaust-to-toast = action  
(back) Subject: St. Theresa RC - Peragallo - TAOJuly From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 17:01:28 EDT     --part1_10d.1ba149f.28650c28_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   St. Theresa RC church in Trumbull CT is featured as a new organ in the = July TAO. It is stated about the organ...   "It comprises 38 ranks on three manuals and pedal."   The digital stops are indicated, but why not the extensions and borrows. =   The organ, which has 38 ranks has 50 pipe stops which would require 60 = ranks of pipes to have a straight organ. There appears to be much unsaid in = this specification. I am curious as to what is what and wherefrom?   Bruce Cornely ~ Cremona502@cs.com with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" Duncan, Miles, Molly, and Dewi Visit Howling Acres at http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/   --part1_10d.1ba149f.28650c28_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>St. Theresa RC church = in Trumbull CT is featured as a new organ in the July <BR>TAO. &nbsp;&nbsp;It is stated about the organ... <BR> <BR>"It comprises 38 ranks on three manuals and pedal." <BR> <BR>The digital stops are indicated, but why not the extensions and = borrows. &nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>The organ, which has 38 ranks has 50 pipe stops which would require 60 = ranks <BR>of pipes to have a straight organ. &nbsp;&nbsp;There appears to be = much unsaid in this <BR>specification. &nbsp;&nbsp;I am curious as to what is what and = wherefrom? <BR> <BR>Bruce Cornely &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ &nbsp;Cremona502@cs.com &nbsp; <BR>with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Duncan, Miles, Molly, and Dewi <BR>Visit Howling Acres at = &nbsp;&nbsp;http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/</FONT></HTML>   --part1_10d.1ba149f.28650c28_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Big changes at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood (x-post) From: <MUSCUR@aol.com> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 22:22:20 EDT   Hi, Lists-   I stopped by the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood this week to hear the San =   Francisco Fox Wurlitzer on line once again following its latest hiatus. = The summer movie intermission performance season is now underway and I had a chance to hear the latest addition to the ever-expanding local = intermission players list. Ed Vodica was the new so-called featured organist, and he = was in the midst of his debut week at the instrument. Mr. Vodica comes to = the console with no apparent theatre organ experience, but everyone expects = his stylings developed from years as a Los Angeles-area electronic organ demonstrator will mesh well with the current theatre management = preferences. The previous rigorous theatre organ-style audition process seems to have = been suspended for the new intermission players after the professional organist =   staff was dismantled back in March this year.   Ed Collins, current organist services director at the El Capitan, called = me on March 19th after the conclusion of my latest AFM-approved service = contract to thank me for my two years of service to the organization. He mentioned = my own House Organist job title has now been withdrawn together with each of = the other organist titles then in use in favor of a single all-encompassing "Featured Organist" nomenclature to publicly recognize whatever player is = at the console. Ed assigned my remaining duties in association with the El Capitan theatre exclusively to perform professional solo concerts and mentioned an occasional series of upcoming such performances from time to time will be planned for me to integrate with my regular season tour schedule. The remaining organ uses are classified "casual employment" = with players drawn from a local Los Angeles-area list on an as-needed, = per-service basis. This arrangement is typical of the most of the other theatre organ-equipped sites, such as pizza parlors, in the western region of the country.   Ed also confirmed that the previously developing plans for extensive solo-organ accompanied silent film presentations at the El Capitan have = now been restricted to a single, once-a-year presentation of the Disney-owned, =   Paramount Pictures photoplay PETER PAN. Area silent film fans are still talking about the complete sellout debut presentation last year with over = 400 turned away at the door, so the film's inherent popularity is assured. = The concept now is to present PETER PAN with a different organist playing each =   year - and this year's presentation by Christian Elliot especially brought = in from Northern California, reportedly drew 120 patrons.   With all of these changes now in place, the last remaining professional = L.A. area theatre organ position seems to be Jim Riggs' six month stint as = House Organist and production manager at the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach that = started June 1st. A recent theatre press release announced that Jim is taking a leave of absence from his house organist duties at the historic Paramount theatre in Oakland and has temporarily relocated to Seal Beach. He plays Friday and Saturday before and after each movie and on Sundays after the first movie and before the second. Visitors can call the Box Office at 562-598-4498 for more information. Welcome to the Southland, Jim!   Dennis James Silent Film Concerts