PipeChat Digest #2655 - Tuesday, January 15, 2002
 
small unit organs
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
Kilgen actions & re-leathering techniques for them.
  by "The Schneider Family" <arpschneider@starband.net>
Re: Moody Church
  by <DMillerRodgers@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: small unit organs From: "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 22:54:42 -0600   HI list, I play on a 5 rank unit organ every Sunday and was manufactured = in 1946 by an organ company still in business, in southern illinois, not far from St. Louis. 5 ranks all over the place big time and it is all buried alive in a single swell box. tunning is a nightmare, you have to go up a chimney like affair and then into the swell box. To tune all of the upperwork, one has to lie on the stomach on a ladder that is perched over the pipes, one slip and no more upperwork. Pedal: 16 bourdon( 12 notes down from 8 stopped dia.). 8 open dia., = 8 flute, 8 viola 4 flute. 8 trumpet Gt.: 16 bourdon, 8 open dia. 8 flute, 8 viola, 8 dulciana, 4 octave ( from open dia) 4 flute(from stopped dia.) 4 dulciana, 2 2/3 12th. 2 foot flute ( a real screamer) 8 trumpet added in 1992, great sound in the middle range. Sw: 16 bourdon and contra viola, 8 open dia, stopped dia, viola, dulciana, 4 flute, saliconal, dulciana, 2 2/3 nazard, 2 dulciana ( oh = well), trumpet 8 . tremulant shakes the entire organ. This organ plays well mechanically with magnets etc. and has been a reliable instrument. Oh yes, scale, voicing and regulation are very important aren't they? yes, well. Just had to get my two cents worth in here. Have fun. GB      
(back) Subject: Kilgen actions & re-leathering techniques for them. From: "The Schneider Family" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 23:31:44 -0600   TubaMagna@aol.com wrote: > Unfortunately, Kilgen actions are a real bear to releather, if one is > = going to do it correctly.   Curious: Why do you think so? Since there's no pouch spring underneath the leather, it's actually easier to do than Casavant/AEolian-Skinner type actions, if one has the correct jig.   We use a dished walnut form the diameter of the pouch well with a "ledge" for the outside circumference where the leather is glued to the Pouch (in this case: also the Bottom) Board. There is a small pin which is centered on this form where the valve wire will eventually thread onto the previously glued-on fibre disk underneath the leather for centering purposes. With a little practice, one can easily master the technique of placing the leather using this jig.   We haven't had to re-leather any Kilgen actions for awhile now, but one thing we've decided we'll do whenever we have to is to modify the jig slightly by cutting slots in the dish which communicate with a manifold point in the jig, which will, in turn, be connected to a source of vacuum. By using this technique, the application can be done much faster than without vacuum.   Of course, there has to be some kind of "switch" to release the vacuum, once the pouch leather is placed, so it isn't brought back up when the jig is removed. I have always personally felt that Kilgen organs are like "diamonds in the rough", tonally and with a little TLC in terms of voicing, can be made into something of a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Couple that with one of the fastest electro-pneumatic actions ever developed (second only to the E.M. Skinner Double Primary) and you have a real winning combination. Of course, replacing the klunky Kilgen relays with solid state is a MUST!   It's too bad that family infighting took that firm out in the early 1960's. It'd have been very interesting to see what course the firm would have taken had they survived longer.   Faithfully, Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. Pipe Organ Builders 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (217) 944-2527 FAX mailto:arpschneider@starband.net HOME EMAIL mailto:arp@schneiderpipeorgans.com SHOP EMAIL http://www.schneiderpipeorgans.com WEB PAGE URL  
(back) Subject: Re: Moody Church From: <DMillerRodgers@aol.com> Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 02:05:09 EST     --part1_9d.21840c28.29752ea5_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Yes -- they were probably broadcasting a rerun of an old tape.   The Moody Church organ's lush strings and voxes are like none other! I = fondly remember subbing/playing there several times while I was a student at = Moody Bible Institute in the mid-70s. My organ teacher was the curator for Moody =   Church, and it was fun to assist him on occasion at Moody Church and other =   Chicago area churches he serviced.     Dan       > Thanks. Hopefully they were referring to something that happened years = ago > instead of this past December. > > Tom     --part1_9d.21840c28.29752ea5_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Yes -- they were = probably broadcasting a rerun of an old tape.<BR> <BR> The Moody Church organ's lush strings and voxes are like none other! I = fondly remember subbing/playing there several times while I was a student = at Moody Bible Institute in the mid-70s. My organ teacher was the curator = for Moody Church, and it was fun to assist him on occasion at Moody Church = and other Chicago area churches he serviced.<BR> <BR> <BR> Dan<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Thanks. Hopefully = they were referring to something that happened years ago instead of this = past December. <BR> <BR> Tom </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_9d.21840c28.29752ea5_boundary--