PipeChat Digest #3868 - Monday, August 11, 2003
Re: practice possibilities
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: This Sunday3
  by "Dr. Amy Fleming" <docamy@alltel.net>
Re: Christ is made
  by <Pepehomer@aol.com>
Scott Plays Cedar Rapids!  Concert, NEW CD
  by "David C. Kelzenberg" <kelzenberg.david@mcleodusa.net>
Re: Sub and Super Couplers
  by <RMB10@aol.com>
More MP3 recordings from Holy Cross Lutheran O'Fallon, MO
  by "Travis L. Evans" <tevansmo@prodigy.net>
Skinners without generals
  by "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com>
Royal charter parishes
  by "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com>
RE: Reeds and mixed chest actions
  by "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au>

(back) Subject: Re: practice possibilities From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 18:19:03 -0700   Tom, is that the one referred to as "EPRO"? I'd LOVE to hear one of those restored in playing condition.   Cheers,   Bud   Patricia/Thomas Gregory wrote: > Greetings: > > Don't forget the two manual/pedal reed organs that frequently appear on eBay > or other sources. > > The pre-1930 two manual Esteys often had heavy action, especially when > manuals were coupled. The Estey Virtuoso organs, produced from the mid > 1930's to the 1950's were built to AGO specs, containing over 10 sets of > reeds and had tracker touch keyboards. > > Granted, these instruments are heavy to move. The cases contain two suction > units and generator, and usually need partial restoration. But when > completed they are wonderful practice instruments and usually cost less > that a used electronic instrument. > > Best wishes, > > Tom Gregory > > p.s. I have played a two manual/pedal Hinners which would also serve as a > fine practice instrument. > > > -- > Thomas and Patricia Gregory > 716 West College Avenue > Waukesha WI USA > 53186-4569 > "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: This Sunday3 From: "Dr. Amy Fleming" <docamy@alltel.net> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:34:17 -0500   mmmmmmmmmmm Cheryl played "This is the Feast" for the first time in church. Maybe not awe inspiring but how many of you remember your first services? It was special for me. Amy    
(back) Subject: Re: Christ is made From: <Pepehomer@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 22:02:35 -0400   I recently picked up a suite on the tune from Charles Callahan. I haven't used any of it yet, but from what I can tell it has some very nice work in it.   Time to start learning some new music for me!   Justin Karch Organist, Holy Trinity LCMS Rome, GA   In a message dated 8/10/2003 3:35:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time, acfreed0904@earthlink.net writes:   > > I'm looking for a nice rendition of "Christ Has Made the Sure > > Foundation" for use as a postlude -- the bigger the better. Know of one? > > > I can't imagine that there wouldn't be a goodie in the > Augsburg catalog.  
(back) Subject: Scott Plays Cedar Rapids! Concert, NEW CD From: "David C. Kelzenberg" <kelzenberg.david@mcleodusa.net> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 02:05:55 -0000     Hi all--   Please forgive this cross-post, a sin I very seldom commit!   Scott Foppiano will be performing a concert at Theatre Cedar Rapids (the former RKO Iowa Theatre) in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, next Sunday, August 17, at 2 PM, on the famous 3/14 Rhinestone Barton. Many know Scott as an occasional participant on this list, and many also know him as a terrific young organist, successful in both the theatre and “serious” fields. Scott has been featured at both ATOS and OHS national conventions, and we are most pleased to have him returning to perform for us on this wonderful and unique instrument, and for a very special occasion.   Both of the remaining original-installation theatre pipe organs in downtown Cedar Rapids, along with the theatres that surround them, are celebrating their 75th “birthdays” this year. Through no small amount of good luck, both organs and theatres have survived intact, from their opening nights in 1928 to the present day. The RKO Iowa theatre was equipped with an absolutely unique example of the theatre organ builder’s art, the Rhinestone Barton. The organ’s moniker comes from its spectacular original console decoration: Black velvet completely covered the console, with spiraling swirls of crushed glass glitter imbedded in the velvet. Setting off all edges of the console were continuous bands of brilliant rhinestones, and two large diamond-shaped panels completely studded with rhinestones graced the fallboards on each side of the organist. While most of the original glitter patterns have not survived the ravages of time, the black velvet and rhinestones still present a spectacular and one-of-a-kind appearance as the console rises into the spotlight, exactly as it has since opening night in 1928.   The Rhinestone Barton is not only unique in appearance; it also possesses its own individual “sound.” Ordered from Barton, it was actually built by the Wangerin Company of Milwaukee, the largest of a number of organs sub- contracted by Barton when their capacity to fill new orders was exceeded. Because of its unusual heritage, this instrument does not sound quite like any other theatre organ in the world. It certainly has that famous Barton “snap,” but it also has a lush orchestral side, with a rich palate of instrumental color. This organ was one of David Junchen’s favorite instruments, and it is easy to hear why. Dave even made copies of the string ranks for inclusion in Jasper Sanfillipo’s one-of-a-kind proto-Wurlitzer. Many will also be familiar with the Rhinestone Barton thanks to Ron Rhode’s marvelous ‘Cornsilk’ CD, recorded here over a decade ago. It was also heard during the Cedar Rapids Regional ATOS Convention in 1998, and is occasionally used for public concerts.   Scott’s concert this Sunday will coincide with the release of a brand-new CD recording, ‘BACK IN THE BLACK/Scott Foppiano Plays the Rhinestone Barton.’ This new release marks the first commercial recording of the instrument in over a decade, and the results are as spectacular as the Rhinestone Barton itself. Scott worked at the organ for several days before the recording sessions began, to make sure that every rank and combination was heard to best advantage. While it has undergone a restoration, the Rhinestone Barton still uses its original pneumatic relay and combination action, so Scott was not able to “record” performances to a computer and correct slips before the actual sound recordings were made. The perfection of this CD is a testament to Scott’s skills as a performer. Scott chose an eclectic mix of standards, show tunes, and transcriptions to demonstrate the variety of colors available on the Barton for the 72+ minute CD, including: All’s Fair in Love and War, Our Love Affair, The Ben Hur Chariot Race March, Whistling in the Dark, Meditation from Thais, I’ve Got the World on a String, Someone to Watch Over Me, My Sin, My Hero, When You Wish Upon a Star, Medley from the Sound of Music, Cheek to Cheek, Turkish Towel, Beyond the Rainbow, and King Kong March.   Scott has promised to play much of this music live on the Rhinestone Barton during his Sunday concert. Please come to Cedar Rapids and join us for this special event if you can. Tickets are $10 at the door, and Theatre Cedar Rapids is located on the corner of 1st Avenue and 3rd Street Southeast, in downtown Cedar Rapids. Doors will open at about 1 PM for the 2:00 concert, THIS SUNDAY, August 17.   Scott’s new CD will be introduced and available for the first time at Sunday’s concert. ‘BACK IN THE BLACK/Scott Foppiano Plays the Rhinestone Barton’ can also be ordered by mail from CRATOS, the Cedar Rapids Area Theatre Organ Society. Price is US $20, postpaid in the United States ($25 for orders shipped outside the USA). Orders should be sent to:   CRATOS 3702 Antelope Ct. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 USA   Please join us if you can for this very special event in Cedar Rapids. I hope to see many of you at the historic RKO Iowa Theatre this Sunday afternoon.   dk        
(back) Subject: Re: Sub and Super Couplers From: <RMB10@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 22:28:01 EDT   I agree with Bud 110% about using subs and supers to get the exact color = you want. Yes, some people abuse octave couplers, but if they're there, I'm = going to use them. I played a 15 or 16 rank Schoenstein organ in California years ago that = the Swell mixture and 2' stops did couple to the Great at 4'. Jack Bethards = told me that he did that just in case someone got heavy handed with the = coupling. These days, I think most, if not all solid state systems are standard with = 16, 8, 4 couplers. I played a 1998 Moller at one of my former churches that = had Sw/Gt 16, 8, 4 but Ch/Gt only at 8. I asked our service company about it, since they were the Moller reps, and =   was told that the consultant specified it that way, but that the system = was set up for Ch/Gt 16 and 4 couplers, as well as Ch/Ped 4. Another interesting note: The consultant also only specified 4 memory levels, but the = Peterson system had 8 levels on it. So when the power line to the church got hit by lighting, and the solid state system had to be replaced, I made sure that = we got 8 levels installed.   So, there is a definite place for sub and super octave couplers, but it's generally not for chorus building, they are best used for coloring and = shading, not for foundational use. On the new organ at my church, I specified subs and supers on every = division, and also sub and super intra-manual couplers, too. We're having to go to = two rows of coupler tablets because of it, so I have decided to put a few = extra controls on the second coupler row, too, to balance out the symmetry of = the layout.   Monty Bennett    
(back) Subject: More MP3 recordings from Holy Cross Lutheran O'Fallon, MO From: "Travis L. Evans" <tevansmo@prodigy.net> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 21:18:30 -0700 (PDT)   I finally have made mp3's of when our instrumental group played for memorial day weekend. This is a completely volunteer group made up of mostly highschool kids and a few adults (parents). This group consisted of 5 flutes, 4 clarinets, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 3 trumpets, 1 horn, 3 trombones, 2 tubas, and snare drum. All of that crammed into a very small balcony, with yours truly standing on a 2 step little ladder to get high enough so everyone could see me over the organ console. Hope you enjoy, its not to be compared to any philharmonic or symphony, we usually just get two 90 minute rehearsals before the Sunday we are going to play.   yahoo.briefcase.com/tlevans@sbcglobal.net   It is in the Instrumental Ensemble folder.   Travis     __________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New DSL Internet Access from SBC & Yahoo! http://sbc.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Skinners without generals From: "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 00:41:27 -0400   Following up on Stan's post, the Flushing Skinner may also be a different console from the original; I seem to remember there were two opus numbers on pipes. The lack of generals never bothered me. When I was there, the local AGO chapter had Gerre Hancock do a recital and it didn't seem to bother him either. Nothing seems to bother him.   David Baker  
(back) Subject: Royal charter parishes From: "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 00:42:27 -0400   Glenda:   No, no, just my sense of humor, such as it is, filtered through the stress and anxiety of preparing for my first jury trial in a civil case. Pay no attention ... whoops that's what go me here in the first place ...   David  
(back) Subject: RE: Reeds and mixed chest actions From: "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 15:58:02 +0800   One Australian builder was doing this over 40 years ago. Bob Elms.   ---- Original Message ---- From: TubaMagna@aol.com To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: RE: Reeds and mixed chest actions Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 14:48:10 EDT     > Some organbuilders now using all-electric actions are routing >expansion chambers into their toeboards (the procedure is often called >"crossboring"), and they feel that it relieves some of the speech difficulties associated with all-electric actions in the past. > > >