PipeChat Digest #3193 - Wednesday, October 23, 2002
 
Re: Dismantling an Austin
  by "John Mackey" <johnmackey@mindspring.com>
RE: Weinen Klagen
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
RE: Weinen Klagen
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
Re: Weinen Klagen
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Where's Bud?
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Re: Where's Bud?
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: Andy Griffith
  by "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Dismantling an Austin From: "John Mackey" <johnmackey@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 07:46:17 -0400       Kzimmer0817@aol.com wrote: > > This is for those who are knowledgable about Austin Universal > Windchests..... > CORRECTION!!!!!   Yesterday, I wrote regarding the dismantling of an Austin chest. I have one minor correction to make. Don't disconnect the trackers. After re- reading my post I realized that those trackers are also connected to each and every pipe valve. (Duh!)   John  
(back) Subject: RE: Weinen Klagen From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 13:52:56 +0100       Hello,   There are moments in life when we are challenged.....this is one of = them.   My computer went up in smoke as previously announced. Dragging myself = into the 21st Century, I kept the case but decided to totally renew the = guts of the machine......superfast technology etc. It was like an = re-dedication recital as I plugged it into the wall and pressed the = little switch. It lit up, the LED showed signs of = life...........then.....NOTHING! I called in the expert (my Brother who = KNOWS)..............we waited in keen anticipation...........NOTHING!   I have now resorted to messages in bottles and I keep eyeing up the = pigeons on the roof opposite!   "Never mind!" I thought, there is life beyond computers...........go and = practise.   So I trundled off to church, where the organ "tuner" has abandoned us = after I took him to task. (You may recall the catalogue of disasters = which included "pinched" pipes and an organ left out-of-tune after his = visits).   I ran through the tuning of the instrument and something suddenly came = into my head.........so I checked back in the tuning book. Time and time = again, the same notes were out of tune after his visits. Time to investigate!   I got the ladders out and risked my life once again.   What do I find?   Several notes of the IV rank Mixture were out of tune, and I then found = that the tuning slides were precariously perched at odd angles on TOP of = the pipes. Other high-pitched pipes had been coned flat WITHIN the = tuning slides. The evidence was mounting!   To cute a long story shorter, when first built, the organ had a rather = dubious schwimmer which gave quite a bit of trouble as it hung upside = down under rather crude spring pressure. When the original company = ceased to exist, a former employee took over the tuning/maintenance. = All seemed fine for quite some time, but the Schwimmer did play up from = time to time, and then got steadily worse. Eventually, our expert was = asked to fix the problem.   The Schwimmer now works as it should, and the organ has rock-steady wind = as a result.   Unfortunately, it seems that our "expert" Schwimmer-fitter never saw fit = to adjust the pressure, resulting in the instrument now operating on an = impressively theatrical 3" + of pressure with open foot voicing.   So, I need a bit of urgent advice here.=20   How easy is it to adjust wind pressures with a Schwimmer control?   Of course, once the correct pressure has been restored, we then have the = pleasure of asking the new tuner (whoever that may be) to tune the organ = from scratch and to undo some of the more extreme measures of forcing = pipes to speak properly. Some of the windways have been carefully bent = inwards by thumb, lips and languids have been crudely messed with = (reversible fortunately) and, as a final insult, sticky labels have been = attached to tuning slides in an attempt to flatten them.   Apart from this, life is fine........wel......apart from the cat = dragging its fur out for some strange reason and the car requiring a new = head-gasket.   Now where did I put that mallet the last time I worked on the computer?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK          
(back) Subject: RE: Weinen Klagen From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 10:00:42 -0400   Colin: Adjusting the pressure of the schwimmer should be a very simple = task, a few minutes at most if two people are involved. One to adjust and = another to monitor the changing forced air pressure. This can also be accomplished with one person suitably equipped.   AjM   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 8:53 AM To: PipeChat Subject: RE: Weinen Klagen     Hello,   There are moments in life when we are challenged.....this is one of them.   My computer went up in smoke as previously announced. Dragging myself = into the 21st Century, I kept the case but decided to totally renew the guts of the machine......superfast technology etc. It was like an re-dedication recital as I plugged it into the wall and pressed the little switch. It = lit up, the LED showed signs of life...........then.....NOTHING! I called in the expert (my Brother who KNOWS)..............we waited in keen anticipation...........NOTHING!   I have now resorted to messages in bottles and I keep eyeing up the = pigeons on the roof opposite!   "Never mind!" I thought, there is life beyond computers...........go and practise.   So I trundled off to church, where the organ "tuner" has abandoned us = after I took him to task. (You may recall the catalogue of disasters which included "pinched" pipes and an organ left out-of-tune after his visits).   I ran through the tuning of the instrument and something suddenly came = into my head.........so I checked back in the tuning book. Time and time again, the same notes were out of tune after his visits. Time to investigate!   I got the ladders out and risked my life once again.   What do I find?   Several notes of the IV rank Mixture were out of tune, and I then found = that the tuning slides were precariously perched at odd angles on TOP of the pipes. Other high-pitched pipes had been coned flat WITHIN the tuning slides. The evidence was mounting!   To cute a long story shorter, when first built, the organ had a rather dubious schwimmer which gave quite a bit of trouble as it hung upside down under rather crude spring pressure. When the original company ceased to exist, a former employee took over the tuning/maintenance. All seemed = fine for quite some time, but the Schwimmer did play up from time to time, and then got steadily worse. Eventually, our expert was asked to fix the problem.   The Schwimmer now works as it should, and the organ has rock-steady wind = as a result.   Unfortunately, it seems that our "expert" Schwimmer-fitter never saw fit = to adjust the pressure, resulting in the instrument now operating on an impressively theatrical 3" + of pressure with open foot voicing.   So, I need a bit of urgent advice here.   How easy is it to adjust wind pressures with a Schwimmer control?   Of course, once the correct pressure has been restored, we then have the pleasure of asking the new tuner (whoever that may be) to tune the organ from scratch and to undo some of the more extreme measures of forcing = pipes to speak properly. Some of the windways have been carefully bent inwards = by thumb, lips and languids have been crudely messed with (reversible fortunately) and, as a final insult, sticky labels have been attached to tuning slides in an attempt to flatten them.   Apart from this, life is fine........wel......apart from the cat dragging its fur out for some strange reason and the car requiring a new = head-gasket.   Now where did I put that mallet the last time I worked on the computer?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK           "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: Weinen Klagen From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 19:40:52 -0500     ----- Original Message ----- From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 7:52 AM Subject: RE: Weinen Klagen         > What do I find?   > Several notes of the IV rank Mixture were out of tune, > and I then = found that the tuning slides were precariously > perched at odd angles on TOP of the pipes. Other high-> pitched pipes had been coned flat WITHIN the = tuning > slides. The evidence was mounting!   > To cute a long story shorter, when first built, the organ > had a rather dubious schwimmer which gave quite a bit > of trouble as it hung upside down under rather crude > spring pressure. When the original company ceased to > exist, a former employee took over the > tuning/maintenance. All seemed fine for quite some > time, but the Schwimmer did play up from time to time, > and then got steadily worse. Eventually, our expert was > asked to fix the problem.   > The Schwimmer now works as it should, and the organ > has rock-steady = wind as a result   Go directly and get a new organbuilder to maintain your instrument. Do = not pass "Go". Do not collect $200.   Clearly since you diagnosed the problem as being with the Schwimmer and he didn't manage to, even you know a lot more about it than your organ technician does. Do not worry about how to adjust the Schwimmer, just get in someone who does.   I am appalled that someone finding that pipes would not tune would resort = to cone-tuning them . Any sensible tuner finding that an organ would not = tune properly would ask, Why? You have clearly been dealing with idiots. It = is no wonder that people get rid of their pipe organs and buy electronics instead. Get in someone who knows what they are doing to look after the instrument.   John Speller    
(back) Subject: Where's Bud? From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 22:47:31 EDT   Has anyone seen Bud Clark around? Is he OK?   Victoria  
(back) Subject: Re: Where's Bud? From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 23:40:49 -0500       Myosotis51@aol.com wrote:   > Has anyone seen Bud Clark around? Is he OK?   Well, I haven't "seen" him, but I know he is currently hanging out a great deal in another part of the www.   ns    
(back) Subject: Re: Andy Griffith From: "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net> Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 01:55:09 -0400   Yes, the episode where the Mayberry church gets a new organ then has trouble paying for it. Griffith plays a preacher in his post-Mayberry = movie, "Angel in My Pocket," who obtains a new organ for his church, igniting controversy when the membership learns it came from a burlesque house. We know our Andy Griffith here in North Carolina!   Regards, Tom Jones     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Soulek" <soulek@frontiernet.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: 20 October, 2002 22:09 Subject: Andy Griffith     > For any of you who happen to get "TV Land", until 9:30 central time they > are showing the episode of Andy Griffith where they deal on a lovely "19 > pedal" organ for the church. A gem. > > Happy watching! > Paul > > "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 > >