PipeChat Digest #3272 - Monday, December 2, 2002
 
Re: Roger Wagner Wicks Touring Organ
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
RE: www.felix-hell.com
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Harpsichord stuff (somewhat relevant to organs. long post.)
  by "Jerry Ripley" <JA.Ripley@gte.net>
RE: www.felix-hell.com
  by "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de>
Re: www.felix-hell.com
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: wicks 7rk....was Clavinova eruption...
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: wicks 7rk....was Clavinova eruption...
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Roger Wagner Wicks Touring Organ From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 20:31:01 EST     --part1_104.20cc8431.2b1c11d5_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Dear Paul:   The mixture on the Wicks was a compensating mixture in that there were two sets of 24 pipes a quint and a unison. All the mixtures were wired off these two partial ranks I suppose for quick tuning convenience.   All the components were on special roller dollies and fit on the truck and trailer in a specific order. There was a unit reed at 16' 8' and 4' probably a Dulzian. There were no swell boxes, so all the pipes were in the open.   Ron Severin   --part1_104.20cc8431.2b1c11d5_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">Dear Paul:<BR> <BR> The mixture on the Wicks was a compensating mixture in that<BR> there were two sets of 24 pipes a quint and a unison. All the<BR> mixtures were wired off these two partial ranks I suppose for<BR> quick tuning convenience. <BR> <BR> All the components were on special roller dollies and fit on the<BR> truck and trailer in a specific order. There was a unit reed at<BR> 16' 8' and 4' probably a Dulzian. There were no swell boxes,<BR> so all the pipes were in the open.<BR> <BR> Ron Severin</FONT></HTML>   --part1_104.20cc8431.2b1c11d5_boundary--  
(back) Subject: RE: www.felix-hell.com From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 20:48:30 -0600   I notice that Felix is playing at a Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach on February 16, 2003. The web site mentions the term "pipe organ", but I didn't find much about it. Does anyone know anything about the organ?   Thanks,   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com          
(back) Subject: Harpsichord stuff (somewhat relevant to organs. long post.) From: "Jerry Ripley" <JA.Ripley@gte.net> Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2002 18:51:04 -0800   Greetings, Y'all. I've been reading all the various posts re: = harpsichords, and only now have some time to post a response. I'll hope that the following bits from this soul will be useful to most of you.   First, about the various specifications listed regarding the = choirs/courses of strings found on any instrument. As with the organ, 8' means that the stop speaks at the written pitch. Having multiple sets at this pitch will add some volume, but there is another result similar to what happens with organs. The sets will have different pluck points, simply because the = jacks for one choir will be further away from the nut (the front bridge on the wrestplank, the tuning pin end of things) than whatever set is closest. This results in a different timbre from each set. The set nearest the nut will be richer in the odd harmonics, the set further away will be richer = in the even harmonics. When two 8' choirs are played together, something = akin to 1+1=3D3 occurs. The increase in sound is not so much volume as it is a richness of the overall timbre to the ears. Consider what happens when = one combines a flute and a string stop on the organ. Often, the sum of the parts seems greater than the individual pieces might imply. BTW, the = front 8' is usually on the upper keyboard of a double manual instrument, = playable with the back 8' by means of a shove-coupler or what's called a set of dogleg jacks playable from either keyboard.   Yes, a 4' rank on a harpsichord sounds the octave as on the organ. = However, the purpose this choir is not to throw the music up an octave. Yes, it = can be used this way, just as when one wishes to play on (for example) an = octave flute alone. It's main function is to add brilliance to the ensemble. = Sort of a mixture stop for the harpsichord. It will be more lightly quilled = than any 8' course. One doesn't want overpowering mixtures, right?   There will sometimes be a stop called buff or lute. This is usually a sliding batten with small felt pads, one for each string, next to that = front bridge. It normally is for the back 8' in the case of multiple unison choirs. The batten slides a tiny distance, placing the felt pads against the string. This dampens the tone a bit (especially upper harmonics), creating a lute-like effect. There are other stops of similar name on the later designs of harpsichords, but I'll not trouble y'all with these particulars at this time.   Now, for the pragmatics of everyday life with harpsichords, I have three these days. A bentside spinet (one 8' plus buff stop) built by Hugh Gough in the 1960's. A Zuckerman Flemish double which I built. Manual I has = the back 8' and the 4' plus the buff stop. Manual II, the front 8'. Shove coupler to combine things. Period style decoration, including soundboard painting, false-marble outercase paintwork, etc. Wonderful instrument, having a rich voice which has developed over the years. Now, pardon a moment while I bring up the flame-proof garb in anticipation of describing the third harpsichord.   It is a Rodgers double-manual harpsichord. Yes, it's digital. Normal wing-shape case of walnut. The usual expected courses as would be found = on a double. Multiple temperaments etc. on call at the push of a button. I know that some of you are arming up to fire as you read this. Feel free! Each of my harpsichords has it's place and usefulness in my life. The digital harpsichord has proven itself musically satisfying on its own. = One cannot ask more than that from any instrument.   The digital is used at the church on Sunday mornings. Certainly beats having to do the tuning when the humidity has rapidly shifted from 65% r/h to 10% as can happen in my area. Time is limited enough, what with the choir warm-ups et al. Further, I use it for gigs. I've made a market for myself playing for the various country clubs in the Palm Springs, = California area. Some of you may turn your noses at playing for corporate dinners = and the like, but I will offer one possible perspective. How often are any of us paid a proper wage for what we do, and hear "Thank you!" too. I am for these events, and have fun doing it! It's really no different that = playing for the royalties' feasts in an earlier time. I much prefer doing these gigs to some of the income sources I've had to use in the past. Yes, I = have used the digital harpsichord for some recitals. It's nice to be able to jump from 1/4 comma meantone to a 1/6 comma temperament when desired. = Yes, I love the Flemish double which I built. It is used as well for various occasions. Simply put, each of my harpsichords has its place and time.   I know that this has been quite a long read, if you've consumed it all! I'll hope that it has been helpful to some of you!   Jerry Ripley First Congregational UCC Congregation Emanu El Freelance Musician San Bernardino, California, USA    
(back) Subject: RE: www.felix-hell.com From: "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> Date: 02 Dec 2002 05:13 GMT   Hi Glenda et al.,   the organ is a 29-rank Casavant, built and designed for the 1997-renovated sanctuary. The church describes the acoustics as "lovely" and reports, that Diane Bish and Paul Jacobs have performed on their series.   Hans-Friedrich Hell   "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> wrote: > I notice that Felix is playing at a Palms Presbyterian Church in > Jacksonville Beach on February 16, 2003. The web site mentions the term > "pipe organ", but I didn't find much about it. Does anyone know > anything about the organ? >=20 > Thanks, >=20 > Glenda Sutton > gksjd85@direcway.com >=20 >=20 >=20 >=20 >=20 > "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 >=20 >=20    
(back) Subject: Re: www.felix-hell.com From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 01:32:42 -0500   Hi Glenda, I can tell you from experience that Felix plays a mean Casavant. be = sure to take Rick with you if Felix is playing the Ad Nos. The foot trills = sound like he's starting his Harley with his leg speed matching the pistons. Seriously, I have heard him play 4 older Casavants in Canada, and I'm = sure he will give you a treat on a newer one as well. Don't miss it.   Cheers Mike   Hans-Friedrich Hell wrote:   > Hi Glenda et al., > > the organ is a 29-rank Casavant, built and designed > for the 1997-renovated sanctuary. The church > describes the acoustics as "lovely" and reports, > that Diane Bish and Paul Jacobs have performed > on their series. > > Hans-Friedrich Hell > > "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> wrote: > > I notice that Felix is playing at a Palms Presbyterian Church in > > Jacksonville Beach on February 16, 2003. The web site mentions the = term > > "pipe organ", but I didn't find much about it. Does anyone know > > anything about the organ? > > > > Thanks, > > > > Glenda Sutton > > gksjd85@direcway.com    
(back) Subject: Re: wicks 7rk....was Clavinova eruption... From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 02:22:52 EST     --part1_110.1c70ca4b.2b1c644c_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Dear Jon:   The 18 wheeler hauled the organ, music library, costumes etc. The organ dollies allowed the tech to move the organ parts around by himself. The factory went all out for this one. As I remember the pipes remained in situ even during transportation. I thought at the time that it really was an engineering marvel.   Ron Severin   --part1_110.1c70ca4b.2b1c644c_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">Dear Jon:<BR> <BR> The 18 wheeler hauled the organ, music library, costumes etc.<BR> The organ dollies allowed the tech to move the organ parts<BR> around by himself. The factory went all out for this one. As I<BR> remember the pipes remained in situ even during transportation.<BR> I thought at the time that it really was an engineering marvel.<BR> <BR> Ron Severin</FONT></HTML>   --part1_110.1c70ca4b.2b1c644c_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: wicks 7rk....was Clavinova eruption... From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 03:01:58 EST     --part1_6b.34bcd39.2b1c6d76_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   i bet it was an ugly marvel too!   --part1_6b.34bcd39.2b1c6d76_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>i bet it was an ugly = marvel too!</FONT></HTML>   --part1_6b.34bcd39.2b1c6d76_boundary--