PipeChat Digest #2773 - Sunday, March 24, 2002
 
Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA (
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Two Compton Organs
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA  
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Two Compton Organs
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca>
Re: Two Compton Organs
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA (
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
The Rodgers Speaks!
  by "Paul Soulek" <soulek@frontiernet.net>
Learning a Profound Lesson (revisited)
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
RE: Two Compton Organs
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Re: Chickasha organ
  by <Chicaleee@aol.com>
Compton organs
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
RE: Two Compton Organs
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Re: Learning a Profound Lesson
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: Two Compton Organs
  by <DrCorgcomp@aol.com>
Re: Learning a Profound Lesson
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA (X-posted) ... a mite LONG (grin) From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 10:51:43 +0000   Cheers Ross & Lynda - nothing like a bit of controversy to stir things up! =   Not everyone loves my organ playing! I would reply to your haggis with Margaritsa - a totally disgusting Greek soup made from entrails and drunk = at Easter - much like Haggis! John Foss   _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at = http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp.    
(back) Subject: Two Compton Organs From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 12:56:23 +0000   47 years ago as a schoolboy I was organist for the Saturday morning shows = at The Gaumont, Camden Town - a magnificent 4 manual Compton organ with chambers under the stage and console to the left of the proscenium arch, which, after a curtain had risen, came out on a "railway". I think it had adjustable pistons onthe "capture" system. The acoustics enhanced the = sound, and it was one of my favourite Compton installations. The fourth manual = was mainly a coupler manual, though, if my memory serves me right, it had the Tibia and Tuba available at 8' . I also played for the Saturday morning = club at The Odeon, Swiss Cottage - a fair sized 3 manual Compton with two chambers under the stage and a console on a lift with "jelly" The pistons were adjustable by switches - standard Compton style for the period and it =   also had a "melotone". Does anyone know anything about whatever happened = to either or both of these two instruments or do you have any other recollection of them? John Foss     _________________________________________________________________ Join the world=92s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail. http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA (X-posted) ... a mite LONG (grin) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 06:15:08 -0800   By that (of course) I MEANT that we don't attempt to SING anything whilst= strung out over a couple of blocks ... the piper PLAYS us around the streets and= back to the church.   Cheers,   Bud   John Foss wrote:   > I am totally intrigued by "Silent procession with bagpiper." My persona= l > views on the bagpipes are that they are only bearable when silent, so I= feel > that a movement for the silent use of bagpipes is long overdue. When as= ked > if I like the sound of bagpipes I usually reply "when disappearing into= the > distance." > John Foss > > _________________________________________________________________ > Join the world=92s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail. > http://www.hotmail.com > > "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: Two Compton Organs From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 09:19:39 -0500   John,   I was a schoolboy at the Regent Street Polytechnic during the 'thirties, and we met every morning for School Assembly in the Polytechnic News Theatre which was next door to the Poly.   There was a three manual Compton in there, which I, and other students, played for the Assembly. It is still there, although it was out of commission due to water damage several years ago.   I have been to both the cinemas that you mention, but I have been in = Canada for the past 33 years, so I am not able to tell you if the Comptons that you played are still there, - all I know is that the one I played is still =   there!   Best Wishes,   Bob Conway   At 12:56 PM 3/24/02 +0000, you wrote: >47 years ago as a schoolboy I was organist for the Saturday morning shows =   >at The Gaumont, Camden Town - a magnificent 4 manual Compton organ with >chambers under the stage and console to the left of the proscenium arch, >which, after a curtain had risen, came out on a "railway". I think it had =   >adjustable pistons onthe "capture" system. The acoustics enhanced the >sound, and it was one of my favourite Compton installations. The fourth >manual was mainly a coupler manual, though, if my memory serves me right, =   >it had the Tibia and Tuba available at 8' . I also played for the = Saturday >morning club at The Odeon, Swiss Cottage - a fair sized 3 manual Compton >with two chambers under the stage and a console on a lift with "jelly" = The >pistons were adjustable by switches - standard Compton style for the >period and it also had a "melotone". Does anyone know anything about >whatever happened to either or both of these two instruments or do you >have any other recollection of them? >John Foss      
(back) Subject: Re: Two Compton Organs From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 14:48:46 +0000   Bob, Many thanks for your reply - I hope you will excuse my correcting you, but = I think the Regent Street Poly had a two manual Compton with 4 ranks and = stop tabs - the console was to the left of the stage - there was another very small (4 rank) Compton in the basement chapel of the Regent Street Poly. This had the illuminated stop system - I have played both of them - though =   if I am wrong please let me know and I will apologise profusely! Perhaps someone has an old edition of the COS or TOS journal - I remember that = they listed all the organs in London - this was probably in the mid to late = 50's or early 60's. Very interesting that you should remember them. I used to spend my school hoildays cycling round London making a nuisance of myself = to Vicars and Cinema Managers - most of whom were very kind and usually let = me have a go. I played at The Gaumont State, Kilburn - still there - the = Odeon Leicester Square, where I used to turn pages for Gerald Shaw's morning broadcasts on the "Duchess" - also still there - The Plaza Piccadilly = which had a delightful organist whose first name I forget, but secind name was Myers, who used to ask me to occupy the bench while he popped round the corner! It was a beautiful 3 manual Wurlitzer with the chambers up in the roof, though the action was pretty dodgy. I also played at the Granada, Tooting, the Odeon, Wealdstone - a 2/4 Compton, the Gaumont, Hendon - Compton 3/8 I think, the Savoy, Burnt Oak - Christie 2/11 and very fine, = the magnificent 4 manual Christie in the Regal, Edmonton plus many others. I gave my first "straight" recital on the large 3 manual Compton in St Mary Magdalene, Paddington way back in 1965 - the concert pianist Philip Fowke, =   who's a great friend of mine - is another Compton fan - he learnt on the massive instrument at Downside. We went on a European organ crawl together =   many years ago playing some magnificent instruments. I also did a European =   tour with Maurice Forsyth Grant, who owned the organ building company = Grant, Degens and Bradbeer. The highlight of that trip was playing a Notre Dame = in Paris. (I later became organist at Notre Dame de France, London where I stayed for 10 years. Sorry if I have gone on rather, but it brings back memories. All good wishes John Foss     _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at = http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp.    
(back) Subject: Re: HOLY WEEK - St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, NewportBeach CA (X-po... From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 10:48:46 EST     --part1_8a.15ffd984.29cf4f5e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 3/24/02 9:22:46 AM !!!First Boot!!!, TheShieling@xtra.co.nz writes:     > P.S. If you lived closer to me than several thousand miles away, you'd = get a > haggis in your face......   Oh.... go ahead and mail the dang thing. It won't change much!!!   Pipes I like.... haggis I can probably do without for a while longer. Although, you do have a good point about them....   they make dandy weapons!! ;-)     Bruce Cornely < Cremona502@cs.com > with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" Visit Howling Acres and meet the Baskerbeagles: Duncan, Miles, Molly & = Dewi < http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 + http://prepaidlegal.com/go/brucecornely >   --part1_8a.15ffd984.29cf4f5e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In a message dated = 3/24/02 9:22:46 AM !!!First Boot!!!, TheShieling@xtra.co.nz writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">P.S. If you lived = closer to me than several thousand miles away, you'd get a <BR>haggis in your face......</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 = FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>Oh.... go ahead and mail the dang thing. &nbsp;It won't change much!!! <BR> <BR>Pipes I like.... haggis I can probably do without for a while longer. = &nbsp;Although, you do have a good point about them.... <BR> <BR>they make dandy weapons!! ;-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Bruce Cornely &lt; Cremona502@cs.com &gt;<I> </I> <BR>with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" <BR>Visit Howling Acres <I>&nbsp;</I>and meet the Baskerbeagles: = &nbsp;Duncan, Miles, Molly &amp; Dewi <BR>&lt; http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 + = http://prepaidlegal.com/go/brucecornely &nbsp;&gt;</FONT></HTML>   --part1_8a.15ffd984.29cf4f5e_boundary--  
(back) Subject: The Rodgers Speaks! From: "Paul Soulek" <soulek@frontiernet.net> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 11:48:08 -0600   After working to fix a problem of the pipes not speaking, Thursday night at 10:15 we discovered the problem: the fuse for the 'common'. The fuse was in fine condition, but the clips that hold the fuse in the board were out too far, and were not making contact with the fuse, thus not being able to close the circuit and open the pipes. Last night I stayed at church until about midnight and tuned most of the pipes, arriving early this morning before services to do a touch-up. The organ worked marvelously during the service this morning, as we packed our church with 175 people for confirmation. It was a joy to be able to give this wonderful gift to my church. I couldn't have done this without the Lord's help; He watched over me as I worked on this project.   THANK YOU to all of you took your time to help me out with my project! I am eternally grateful.   A joyous and exuberant, Paul Soulek  
(back) Subject: Learning a Profound Lesson (revisited) From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 13:17:49 -0500   My sincere Thanks to all who responded to my distressing post yesterday concerning my failure to make the grade as an organ technician. I was distraught with disappointment in myself, but am feeling far better today, largely from the outpouring of kind support and sympathy from the Pipechat community. It is such a privilege and comfort to be a member of this group. I think it is important to emphasize in the clearest terms that Richard Schneider at no time instructed me to leave. In fact, he did his very best to convince me to stay on another day now that the heavy work was essentially complete. Yes we all worked long, hard hours, but such is the economic reality of on site installation work, particularly when you have traveled several hundreds of miles to get there. Richard was always gracious, surprisingly trusting, and quite encouraging. My actions in this situation should in no way reflect negatively upon him. I also want to assure those who seemed to sense I am through with pipe organs, that this is simply not the case. Certainly the types of interaction I will have in the future need to be more carefully thought out, but there are many other avenues of organic activity for me to participate in. Even Richard suggested I might take some technical courses, perhaps in wood working. This would certainly assist my marketability to the organ building trade, help move me into a less strenuous area of the business, and still permit my complete immersion into the pipe organ world, which after all, was my goal in the first place. So, things aren't so bad for me after all. I still have the organ lists and the fine people with whom to interact, I still have my activities out at Oberlin College and my friends there. I still have Severance Hall and that group of friends. I have several very interesting organic trips planned this Spring and Summer with even more friends. On top of that are the things I don't even know about yet, but are sure to happen if I simply stay on this path of organic wonder and involvement I am so blessed to have found. Despite my post yesterday, I remain upbeat about my future, and promise everyone I will keep on trying to find the proper place for myself in the greater scheme of organic things. I am really and truly open to all suggestions at this point, so feel free to write to me if you have any ideas, and I promise to keep posting for those who are interested in my progress.   Bless You All Mike Gettelman    
(back) Subject: RE: Two Compton Organs From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 18:57:40 -0000   Dear Chatters,   It is nice when people talk about the organs of John Compton; now sadly = "out of fashion" in so many ways and yet, in their day, quite = forward-thinking! I think the second organ I ever played was at my = local cinema, a 3m Compton with a melophone.   As years went by, I studied music at Hull Uni here in the UK, and ended = up practising quite a lot on the Compton "magnum opus" at Hull City = Hall...... IV/184 stops. This organ is once more in sparkling condition = after a recent re-build by Rushworth & Dreaper. Unfortunately, all that = superb illuminating console and capture mechanism has been thrown out = and scrapped.   I have also given recitals on the wonderful Compton of St.Bride's, = Fleet Street, London. IV/140-ish stops.....a personal favourite of mine = but not quite as extended as many Compton organs. The church is actually = not very large, and the entire organ is enclosed (including the Great) = at the West End of this magnificent re-built, war damaged church by = Christopher Wren........what a wonderful acoustic it enjoys.   Of course, no-one would build instruments such as Compton built = nowadays, but you know, at the time, they were very much "cutting edge" = stuff and a whole lot better than many of the organs they replaced. One thing I can tell people about Compton organs, they NEVER sound bad! = That is as god a tribute as any to what I regard as a very, very good = organ-builder; in his day, the most successful and largest workshop in = Britain, with every single component made in the factory.   Someone should write a book!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK       -----Original Message----- From: "pipechat@pipechat.org" <pipechat@pipechat.org> on behalf of "John = Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Sent: 24 March 2002 14:48 To: "pipechat@pipechat.org" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Re: Two Compton Organs   Bob, Many thanks for your reply - I hope you will excuse my correcting you, = but I=20 think the Regent Street Poly had a two manual Compton with 4 ranks and = stop=20 tabs - the console was to the left of the stage - there was another very =   small (4 rank) Compton in the basement chapel of the Regent Street Poly. =   This had the illuminated stop system - I have played both of them - = though=20 if I am wrong please let me know and I will apologise profusely! Perhaps =   someone has an old edition of the COS or TOS journal - I remember that = they=20 listed all the organs in London - this was probably in the mid to late = 50's=20 or early 60's. Very interesting that you should remember them. I used to =   spend my school hoildays cycling round London making a nuisance of = myself to=20 Vicars and Cinema Managers - most of whom were very kind and usually let = me=20 have a go. I played at The Gaumont State, Kilburn - still there - the = Odeon=20 Leicester Square, where I used to turn pages for Gerald Shaw's morning=20 broadcasts on the "Duchess" - also still there - The Plaza Piccadilly = which=20 had a delightful organist whose first name I forget, but secind name was =   Myers, who used to ask me to occupy the bench while he popped round the=20 corner! It was a beautiful 3 manual Wurlitzer with the chambers up in = the=20 roof, though the action was pretty dodgy. I also played at the Granada,=20 Tooting, the Odeon, Wealdstone - a 2/4 Compton, the Gaumont, Hendon -=20 Compton 3/8 I think, the Savoy, Burnt Oak - Christie 2/11 and very fine, = the=20 magnificent 4 manual Christie in the Regal, Edmonton plus many others. I =   gave my first "straight" recital on the large 3 manual Compton in St = Mary=20 Magdalene, Paddington way back in 1965 - the concert pianist Philip = Fowke,=20 who's a great friend of mine - is another Compton fan - he learnt on the =   massive instrument at Downside. We went on a European organ crawl = together=20 many years ago playing some magnificent instruments. I also did a = European=20 tour with Maurice Forsyth Grant, who owned the organ building company = Grant,=20 Degens and Bradbeer. The highlight of that trip was playing a Notre Dame = in=20 Paris. (I later became organist at Notre Dame de France, London where I=20 stayed for 10 years. Sorry if I have gone on rather, but it brings back=20 memories. All good wishes John Foss     _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at = http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp.     "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: Chickasha organ From: <Chicaleee@aol.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 15:04:43 EST     --part1_10.1c097c2f.29cf8b5b_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Gary, thanks for clearing this up. I knew the McCrary's when I lived in Oklahoma City. Also, I was organist at the Methodist Church in Anadarko, = OK in 1988 and they had installed that 9 rank Moller there. Lee   --part1_10.1c097c2f.29cf8b5b_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Gary, thanks for = clearing this up. &nbsp;I knew the McCrary's when I lived in Oklahoma = City. &nbsp;Also, I was organist at the Methodist Church in Anadarko, OK = in 1988 and they had installed that 9 rank Moller there. = &nbsp;Lee</FONT></HTML>   --part1_10.1c097c2f.29cf8b5b_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Compton organs From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 08:30:26 +1200   Dear List, There are about half a dozen Comptons in New Zealand, all very tiny = indeed, being of the 2rk variety. I got one 2nd-hand for nothing, from Karori Baptist in Wellington, which had in turn got it from the estate of an old lady in Christchurch, a Mrs Booth, who had bought it new when her husband died and installed it in a room only about 17ft square, but 11ft high. I installed it in my new 130-seat Anglican of St John the Apostle, Wainuiomata, near Wellington, the first parish I had after I was ordained. It went there in 1986. The church has superlative acoustics. It's built of heavy concrete block and has quarry tiles on the floor (thick ceramic over concrete slab). The roof is not steep, with central ridge, of 1.25" thick timber planks. Size is just 36ft wide and 55ft long, but the central ridge is 31.5 ft up and the eaves a huge 25ft. No absorbent materials of any = kind, lots of glass at each end. I installed the organ, with help, at the west = end above the gallery, detached the console, and added two 2nd-hand ranks on a small 2nd-hand electric non-slider chest by Laukhuff. The electrics were difficult as the "new" chest ones didn't match the Comptons and the = original console wiring (all original from the 1950s) was odd, to say the least. There was some tricky work done to wire the new stuff into the old, but = here is the scheme. Oh yes, we threw away the Swell box so all is unenclosed = now, to enormous tonal advantage and clarity.   GREAT 16 Bourdon (CCC in metal, 1-12 in showcase) 8 Open Diapason (1-12 haskelled) 8 Rohr Gedackt (but no "rohrs"; extn 16ft) 4 Principal (extn 8ft) 2 Fifteenth (extn 4ft) 8 Dulciana (unknown make, c1885, 1-12 from Ged.) 8 Oboe (Edmund Schulze, 1872, full compass)   SWELL (so-called!) 8 Open Diapason (Great) 8 Rohr Gedackt (Great) 4 Flute (extn) 2 Piccolo (extn) (top 12 borrowed from Gt 2ft)   PEDAL 16 Bourdon (Great) 8 Bass Flute (Gt) 8 Oboe (Swell)   COUPLERS Swell to Great Great to Pedal   The 16ft octave of the Bourdon is very narrow-scaled, very high cut-up and pretty hopeless, but the rest of the little organ is stunning. It's hard = to believe the Open Diapason basses are haskelled, they're so rich and clear. The wee organ sounds out loudly and clearly and is more than adequate for even 150 people, many standing. The Dulciana is about Salicional loudness but not in tone. The Oboe, though toned down, is somewhat raucous and a = bit too loud, but adds much guttural grunt and a very distinct tone colour as well. The whole organ is on about 3.75" wind pressure. The blower is in the gallery with the organ itself, on the same level, and is almost totally silent. Considering it cost the parish not one cent, and only gets tuned once in = 18 months, and never has had any maintenance at all in 16 years now, you can only say the installation is a great success. None of the organists has much skill at all - needing even to practise the hymns a lot. I went to another parish in 1988, having been there seven and a half = years. The church was my design and I made all the stained-glass windows, = including the enormous east end one some 17'6" high and 12ft wide. When Sir David Willcocks visited this little St John's Church some years = ago he commented that it had the best acoustics he had ever heard, anywhere in the world, for its size, regardless of shape or age, in any church. I designed the acoustics (for both speech and music) and lighting (i.e. from the windows) first, then, given the constraints of the likely budget (small!!!) and the size of the number to be seated, the design and = materials had to follow.   I knew the organ when it was in Christchurch, many years before. After the new church had been open in Wainuiomata for a year, us using a terrible 2nd-hand Riha thingie we had been given, I was walking in Wellington one = day and heard, at traffic lights, a couple of men saying that one of the awful things about being a Baptist was that the young people, at a meeting, = could outvote everyone else and the decision was binding. They had hated the wee pipe organ and swayed the vote for its removal just the previous night. So, I very gently butted into the conversation of these two strangers and, to cut three months diplomacy and very careful talk later, I was given the organ provided I remove it myself. The pastor, luckily, was also opposed = to the organ being kept by his church and said several of their organists refused to play it as they hated it. It was still in its original swell = box in his church, at ground level in a large acoustically-dead building, in a little alcove at the front right of the church. It sounded pathetically = weak and remote there.   The other Comptons in NZ are of this 2rk unit type as well.   Regards, Ross      
(back) Subject: RE: Two Compton Organs From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 20:10:11 +0000   Colin: Johnny Degens and Ted Rippin, the Degens and Rippin in Grant, Degens and Rippin before it became Grant, Degens and Beadbeer were Compton's voicer = and technical expert, setting up a workshop under the arches in Hammersmith = when Compton's closed. Maurice Forsyth Grant - who was one of the founding directors of RACAL electronics way back after the war - was an electronics =   expert and organ fan, and had a three manual pipe organ in his house with the illuminated Compton stops built by Johnny and Ted. When he moved to Wales he put the organ in store and I negotiated its sale to Aldenham College, and was invited to play the Poulenc Concerto at the opening of = the organ back in the mid 70's after I had played it at the Royal Festival = Hall in a gala concert with The RCM chamber orchestra. It disgraced itself by running out of wind on the last chord! Aldenham, that is) However the blowing equipment was beefed up after that. I believe that Simon preston = had a similar problem at the RFH recently! John Foss         _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger: http://messenger.msn.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Learning a Profound Lesson From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 15:23:47 -0500       Cremona502@cs.com wrote: [snip]   As you have previously mentioned, your interest is in voicing which, for the most part, it done from the floor.   Thanks for the sympathy Bruce, but tell that to the trainee who must adjust the tuning collar at the top of the !6' CCC Posaune resonator ever so slightly so that the finisher at the bottom can finish adjusting the tuning wire, and you can both take a break from listening to the loud droning for a few seconds. Add to this the impatience of the finisher who must shout instructions to the trainee at the top who is moving the collar too much at a time, and to the pedal holder who must let off, or to cycle the note according to the finisher's instructions, which he isn't used to, and can't hear. But then, add to this the joy of playing all 8 notes and being asked by the finisher if the sound is balanced between them out in the church at the console. Such was the sensory overload I suffered at Berne. Perhaps that was the real problem. I had dreamed about this for so long, that the new raw information I was assimilating so fast, simply overloaded my brain. I know my muscles are still sore, but my brain took the biggest hit. It had me questioning my resolve, and any sane person knows that's a dangerous place to be when people are depending on you.   Licking my wounds    
(back) Subject: Re: Two Compton Organs From: <DrCorgcomp@aol.com> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 15:24:23 EST   Hearty agreement with the praise of Compton's organs - I have fond = memories of the one in the Liberal Synaggue in London - no longer there - = I wonder if the organ was salvaged? Other great Comptons I have known - = St. Luke's Chelsea in London, Downside Abbey, and of course the = masterpiece at St Bride's....Charles Callahan  
(back) Subject: Re: Learning a Profound Lesson From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 15:30:40 -0500       Cremona502@cs.com wrote: [snip]   I would also highly encourage you to start enjoying the benefits of Isotonix supplements to your diet. You'll be amazed at the mental and physical changes you'll experience.   <<Thanks for the advise Bruce, but I've invested all my money in Pipe Organ Books, Pipe Organ CDs, and Pipe Organ Records. I'll just have to play with those ranks I currently have functioning, and hope that it will be enough. :-)) >>