PipeChat Digest #2105 - Friday, May 18, 2001
 
Re: Reger, Liszt
  by <WiegandCJ@aol.com>
Compton CH/2 for home practice.
  by "Alasdair Ramsay" <alasdair.ramsay@power.net.uk>
Re: Compton CH/2 for home practice.
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Felix on Staten Island?
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Compton CH/2 for home practice.
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
Old Movie Title Sought
  by "Jerrell Kautz" <jkautz@ebicom.net>
Re: Old Movie Title Sought
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net>
Re: Old Movie Title Sought
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Old Movie Title Sought
  by "Jackson R. Williams II" <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Reger, Liszt From: <WiegandCJ@aol.com> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 05:29:19 EDT   In einer eMail vom 16.05.01 05:02:23 (MEZ) - Mitteleurop. Sommerzeit = schreibt mswal@adelphia.net:   << I just checked it out. Karl Straub was the organist who played = Reger's music. >>   Sorry, correct name: Karl Straube. He was at his time Thomas-Organist at Thomaskirche Leipzig, and in this period the today still remaining Sauer organ there was built.   Carl  
(back) Subject: Compton CH/2 for home practice. From: "Alasdair Ramsay" <alasdair.ramsay@power.net.uk> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 11:13:28 +0100   I know this is a little off topic but I am looking to buy an electronic = organ for home practice. I have been offered an old Compton CH/2 (possibly = CH-2) at a reasonable price but I (or indeed the seller) don't know much about the instrument. It has been suggested that the organ dates from the 1930's = but I find that difficult to believe as I'm sure compton were only making pipe = organs at that time. The specification is 2x61 note Manuals, 30 note radiating (presumably not concave) with about 25 stops spread over the three divisions.   I would appreciate any information or experience of old Compton electric/electonic organs from this period; especially how difficult they = are or indeed how expensive they are to maintain. I imagine that parts cannot be = easy to find!   Also if you have a small electric organ for sale in the UK, mail me with = the details and I'll consider them too.   Thanks in advance   Alasdair Ramsay  
(back) Subject: Re: Compton CH/2 for home practice. From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 08:23:16 -0700   At 11:13 5/17/2001 +0100, you wrote: >It has been suggested that the organ dates from the 1930's but I >find that difficult to believe as I'm sure compton were only making pipe >organs at that time.<snip>   Wrong. Comptons intorduced the "Melotone" electrostatic organ in 1932. They, along with the Everett Orgatron in the US, were the first commercially viable "electronic organs", predating Hammond by three years.   >The specification is 2x61 note Manuals, 30 note radiating (presumably not >concave) with about 25 stops spread over the three divisions. > >I would appreciate any information or experience of old Compton >electric/electonic organs from this period; especially how difficult they =   >are or indeed how expensive they are to maintain. I imagine that parts >cannot be easy to find!<snip>   The Comptons were in very much a theater organ console, much more = sumptuous than the Hammonds and other stuff that came later. Melotones used the principle of electrostatic generation to produce its tonal sources, as did =   the Orgatron, although the Orgatron was essentially a reed organ with capacitive pickups. Parts? Tube electronics from those days are easily serviced by someone that knows the trade, and satisfactory component replacements, including tubes, are available, although transformers are a problem at times. However, organ specific parts are "unobtainium", I'm sure. However, the console, being essentially a scaled down pipe organ console, shouldn't be that big a problem should keys need rebushing, need new stoptabs, and so on.   If you're good with electronics (very few pipe organists are), you might find this to be a fun hobby as well as a practice organ. However, if you have no clue as to how electrons do their thing, you might be well to get something a little more contemporary. Oh yes...Melotones are HEAVY, as were the Orgatrons, although I think the Organtrons won in this catagory. A 10 rank Orgatron could weigh up to a half ton...(US tons, of course).   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: Felix on Staten Island? From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:11:48 -0400   Thank you, sir. As it happens, shortly after I sent that inquiry I ran = into Felix at the theatre so got the information then. And by then I'd also figured out how to access that information from your website.   Thanks again,   Alan   > From: Hell-Concerts@t-online.de (hell-concerts) > Subject: Re: Felix on Staten Island? > > Yes, Felix will perform an inaugural recital of a new 18-rank- > Peragallo organ at St. Teresa Church, 1634 Victory Blvd,, Staten Island, > on Sunday, May 20, 3 pm. For more information call 718-442 5122. > > Thank you for your interest. > > Hans-Friedrich Hell >    
(back) Subject: Re: Compton CH/2 for home practice. From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 08:16:11 +0800   The Compton I played was from 1947/48 and had a straight pipe organ = console. Bob E. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> > > The Comptons were in very much a theater organ console, much more sumptuous > than the Hammonds    
(back) Subject: Old Movie Title Sought From: "Jerrell Kautz" <jkautz@ebicom.net> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 19:31:38 -0500   There is some old horror flick where the organ maker arrives in the small= dark european town to construct an organ for the church. Local children= start disappearing and next thing you know it turns out the organ maker= has taken them and turned them into some sort of vox-humana. Does anyone remember the name of this flick?      
(back) Subject: Re: Old Movie Title Sought From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 21:57:56 -0400       Jerrell Kautz wrote: > > There is some old horror flick where the organ maker arrives in the = small dark european town to >construct an organ for the church. Local = children start disappearing and next thing you know it >turns out the = organ maker has taken them and turned them into some sort of vox-humana. > > Does anyone remember the name of this flick?     Is this the one where one kid keeps limping around because he has a broken tibia? :-)   Sounds like a neat flick!   signed, "nstarfil"@mediaone.net   (an inside joke)  
(back) Subject: Re: Old Movie Title Sought From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 20:53:15 -0500   Re: Movie -strange organ builder and vox-kids.   Not heard of that one, but let me know what it is. There was one movie in the late 60s where spooked-out kids stared at a cathredral organ and made = it blast forth in audio cacophony: Children of the Damned may have been the title.   Meanwhile, back to Dr. Phibes.............Returns............. :-)     Rick      
(back) Subject: Re: Old Movie Title Sought From: "Jackson R. Williams II" <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 19:12:52 -0700 (PDT)   I think it was called, "Oh, Mr. Schnitger, you've done it again!"   --- Jerrell Kautz <jkautz@ebicom.net> wrote: > There is some old horror flick where the organ maker > arrives in the small dark european town to construct > an organ for the church. Local children start > disappearing and next thing you know it turns out > the organ maker has taken them and turned them into > some sort of vox-humana. > > Does anyone remember the name of this flick? > > > > > "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! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices http://auctions.yahoo.com/