PipeChat Digest #3530 - Monday, March 10, 2003
 
Re: Do it yourself projects(long)
  by "jon bertschinger" <jonberts@magiccablepc.com>
releathering Moller chests
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: ANOTHER RANT I agree with .......
  by "Mattcinnj" <mattcinnj@yahoo.com>
Re: ANOTHER RANT I agree with .......
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: releathering Moller chests
  by <OrganMD@aol.com>
Re: Lent I, St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, Newport Beach CAUSA  
  by "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net>
Re: releathering Moller chests
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: Do it yourself projects(long)
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
RE: ANOTHER RANT I agree with .......
  by "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu>
RE: ANOTHER RANT
  by "Nance, Daryel" <DNance@svdp-edu.org>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Do it yourself projects(long) From: "jon bertschinger" <jonberts@magiccablepc.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 05:41:45 -0600   Ron: Why didn't they call Rube in to fix things? Were there many mice in the chambers? <G>...sorry just had to. headed out on the road again....bye all.   Jon Bertschinger  
(back) Subject: releathering Moller chests From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 05:58:38 -0800   We bought a '66 Moller a couple of years ago and put it into storage until the new church was built. We investigated releathering vs. new pitman chests. One builder DID want to take the old Moller chests and change them to electro-mechanical action. But several OTHER builders told me that wasn't feasible ... the pipes would require wholesale revoicing, and there wasn't room for individul magnets in the treble.   As it turned out, the chests wouldn't fit our new space anyway, so we're only re-using the pipes. But I'd like to hear comments about changing Moller pitman chests to electro-mechanical action from builders who've had experience (1) doing it, or (2) working on organs where it's been done, as the question often comes up when I consult with churches that have old Moller organs.   My advice generally has been to "releather what you have; that's what the pipes were voiced to SPEAK on", but if there IS another viable solution other than new chests, I'd like to know about it.   FWIW, we were quoted a price of $20 a note to releather, vs. $25 a note to change the chests to electro-mechanical, by the one builder who was willing to DO it. Some have said that's high, but remember we're in California, and releathering or reworking the chests would have involved shipping them back to the Midwest or East Coast.   I'm not sure I agree with Ron that Moller chests are any HARDER to work on ... a pitman chest is a pitman chest is a pitman chest, for the most part. Yeah, they consume LOTS of leather, but Moller's (at least) seem to be pretty durable, unless they get rained on. Our particular organ was RIGHT on the ocean with the blower OUTSIDE in a shed, so forty years was pretty much the limit as far as the life of the leather.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: ANOTHER RANT I agree with ....... From: "Mattcinnj" <mattcinnj@yahoo.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 06:00:57 -0800 (PST)   --0-1680415676-1047304857=3D:51744 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3Dus-ascii     I agree 1000%. I would also include the colleges that did, and still do, = produce efficient key pushers instead of musicians capable of inspiring a = congregation. Being on the Music Committee for a NJ church, I have = auditioned Westminster Choir College majors and graduates that can WOW you = with a major Bach work but can't play Hymns and don't understand = registration. I voiced comments similar to yours on Pipe-orgl and = promptly was reamed a new "you know what".   Hope you fare better !   Matt       --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Tax Center - forms, calculators, tips, and more --0-1680415676-1047304857=3D:51744 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3Dus-ascii   <P>I agree 1000%. I would also include &nbsp;the colleges that did, and = still do, produce efficient key pushers instead of musicians capable of = inspiring a congregation. Being on the Music Committee for a NJ church, I = have auditioned Westminster Choir College majors and graduates that can = WOW you with a major Bach work but can't play Hymns and don't understand = registration.&nbsp; I voiced comments similar to yours on Pipe-orgl and = promptly was reamed&nbsp; a new "you know what". </P> <P>Hope you fare better !</P> <P>Matt</P><p><br><hr size=3D1>Do you Yahoo!?<br> <a = href=3D"http://rd.yahoo.com/finance/mailtagline/*http://taxes.yahoo.com/">Y= ahoo! Tax Center</a> - forms, calculators, tips, and more --0-1680415676-1047304857=3D:51744--  
(back) Subject: Re: ANOTHER RANT I agree with ....... From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 06:25:22 -0800       Mattcinnj wrote: > > I agree 1000%. I would also include the colleges that did, and still > do, produce efficient key pushers instead of musicians capable of > inspiring a congregation. Being on the Music Committee for a NJ > church, I have auditioned Westminster Choir College majors and > graduates that can WOW you with a major Bach work but can't play Hymns > and don't understand registration. I voiced comments similar to yours > on Pipe-orgl and promptly was reamed a new "you know what". > > Hope you fare better ! > > Matt >   What Matt said, on both counts (grin).   When I was an undergrad in the 1960s, there were NO church music courses at Oberlin; when I transferred to Cincinnati after dropping out to work for five years, there was one ... a throwaway "Music of the Liturgies" that was taught by a tenured professor who hadn't "worked out."   I distinctly remember both faculties' attitude toward church jobs: they were a place to practice and pick up some extra cash, but heaven FORFEND if you put any time or ENERGY into them.   *I* tangled with the Powers-That-Are on piporg-1 for daring to suggest that the future of the organ, for good or for ill, rests with the churches, rather than the academic world and/or the concert stage. Though there HAS been a surge in new concert-hall organs lately, how many of those involve full-time POSITIONS? The population of students in organ departments nation-wide (in the US) has dropped precipitously ... how many college organ teaching job are there? How many are full-time? How many WILL there be in ten years?   The church music situation IS pretty grim in the US ... churches ditching organs in favor of praise bands ... but the NUMBERS are still what they are. GOOD church organists are scarce as hen's teeth ... there are MORE than enough church jobs to go around.   MOST of what I do on a day-to-day basis, I taught MYSELF *after* college, or already knew when I went ... my rector in high school had studied organ with Tertius Noble ... I learned service-playing from HIM, and from my first organ teacher, who was also a Noble pupil. The rest .... orchestration, music engraving, arranging, administration, library skills, choral and organ repertoire for CHURCH, etc. I picked up along the way informally.   It's unfortunately we don't have the "articled pupil" and apprenticeship system they have in the U.K. ... cathedral and collegiate organists are often "old boys" from the choir who deputised at the organ when they were growing up. They have the repertoire, the particular organ, and the Customary in their BLOOD. Of course, that's not really possible in the multi-denominational U.S., but there has to be a better way than what we're doing NOW, which is basically NOTHING in the way of training CHURCH musicians.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: releathering Moller chests From: <OrganMD@aol.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:01:31 EST     --part1_13.19612130.2b9e02cb_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Dear Bud and fellow list members.........   While a pitman chest is a pitman chest is a pitman chest is true in = concept, any organ man that has been around the block enough times to have been = inside of many pitman chests, can tell you that the execution of the concept can vary widely from brand name to brand name. Hence, the restoration issues = are not at all the same. Moller chests while not impossible, are not friendly =   too rebuilding either.   Good luck with your project.   Bill Hesterman   --part1_13.19612130.2b9e02cb_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D3 = FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D =3D3D"Arial" LANG=3D3D"0">Dear Bud and fellow list members.........<BR> <BR> While a pitman chest is a pitman chest is a pitman chest is true in = concept,=3D &nbsp; any organ man that has been around the block enough times to have = bee=3D n inside of many pitman chests, can tell you that the execution of the = conce=3D pt can vary widely from brand name to brand name.&nbsp; Hence, the = restorati=3D on issues are not at all the same.&nbsp; Moller chests while not = impossible,=3D are not friendly too rebuilding either.<BR> <BR> Good luck with your project.<BR> <BR> Bill Hesterman</FONT></HTML>   --part1_13.19612130.2b9e02cb_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Lent I, St. Matthew's Anglican Catholic Church, Newport Beach CAUSA (X-posted) From: "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 08:26:44 -0600   Bud, I don't know how you keep all this straight ! It makes my service = look like a kindergarten affair ! Truly, I admire your great efforts, My service yesterday included a new prayer response which bombed royal. It is amazing how a 10 second piece of music can let the steam out of an = otherwise well prepared service. The worst part is that the response is right before the oft. anthem ! Oh well, we all learned from it and I will work hard to see that that does not happen again. The bright side of the coin is that = I introduced them (a congregational church mind you !) to The Glory of These Forty Days (Heinlein) and they loved it !   Robert Eversman Blue Mounds, WI    
(back) Subject: Re: releathering Moller chests From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:01:27 -0600   At 05:58 AM 3/10/03 -0800, you wrote: >I'm not sure I agree with Ron that Moller chests are any HARDER to work >on ... a pitman chest is a pitman chest is a pitman chest, for the most >part. Yeah, they consume LOTS of leather, but Moller's (at least) seem >to be pretty durable, unless they get rained on. Our particular organ >was RIGHT on the ocean with the blower OUTSIDE in a shed, so forty years >was pretty much the limit as far as the life of the leather. > >Cheers, > >Bud   They are not all that much harder to work on, but you need to know what you're doing or it can be a BLOODY MESS.   Mega Cheers,   Jon    
(back) Subject: Re: Do it yourself projects(long) From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:45:49 -0500   Hi Jon:   Rube is never called back because he made the mess in the first place. You never ask the perpetrator to fix things, #1 he has no clue and never did, #2 to fix things you need to rip it out and start over. #3 never mind the mice, they couldn't do any worse than Rube did. ;)   Ron  
(back) Subject: RE: ANOTHER RANT I agree with ....... From: "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:48:58 -0600   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2E724.F1BBFA64 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"us-ascii" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Maybe the reaction you describe has more to do with rants per se than with content.   =3D20   Peter   =3D20   -----Original Message----- From: Mattcinnj [mailto:mattcinnj@yahoo.com]=3D20 Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 8:01 AM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: ANOTHER RANT I agree with .......   =3D20   I agree 1000%. I would also include the colleges that did, and still do, produce efficient key pushers instead of musicians capable of inspiring a congregation. Being on the Music Committee for a NJ church, I have auditioned Westminster Choir College majors and graduates that can WOW you with a major Bach work but can't play Hymns and don't understand registration. I voiced comments similar to yours on Pipe-orgl and promptly was reamed a new "you know what".=3D20   Hope you fare better !   Matt   =3D20   _____ =3D20   Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! 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I would also include &nbsp;the = =3D colleges that did, and still do, produce efficient key pushers instead of =3D musicians capable of inspiring a congregation. Being on the Music Committee for a = =3D NJ church, I have auditioned Westminster Choir College majors and graduates = =3D that can WOW you with a major Bach work but can't play Hymns and don't =3D understand registration.&nbsp; I voiced comments similar to yours on Pipe-orgl and promptly was reamed&nbsp; a new &quot;you know what&quot;. =3D </span></font></p>   <p style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New =3D Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Hope you fare better !</span></font></p>   <p style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New =3D Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Matt</span></font></p>   <p style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New =3D Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <div class=3D3DMsoNormal align=3D3Dcenter =3D style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in;text-align:center'><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>   <hr size=3D3D1 width=3D3D"100%" align=3D3Dcenter>   </span></font></div>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D3 =3D face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Do you Yahoo!?<br> <a =3D href=3D3D"http://rd.yahoo.com/finance/mailtagline/*http:/taxes.yahoo.com/">= =3D Yahoo! 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(back) Subject: RE: ANOTHER RANT From: "Nance, Daryel" <DNance@svdp-edu.org> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:56:26 -0600   This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2E725.FD0848E0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   Wow Daryl ...You've said some significant things, and pretty well hit the nail on the head. I'm just up the road in Houston. While I was reading this thread, didn't realize that it was coming from so close to home. My 2cents: Silbermann was innovative, ...Silbermann was building pipe organs, ....but the bottom line is, Silbermann was building what would sell ...then. Along the same lines, I think it is clear what Silbermann might be building today. ;-> Peace and blessings, ...who knows, amidst the current global military crisis, a year from now if the U.S. economy as we know it has plunged into an abyss, this question might not be quite so burning. Pax vobiscum, Dary"e"l   Daryel Nance St.Vincent de Paul Church, Houston mailto:dnance@svdp-edu.org <mailto:dnance@svdp-edu.org> www.svmusic.info ; www.dompaulbenoit.com ; www.church-organist.com ; www.daryeln.com   "...the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who sought and found how to serve." Albert Schwietzer     -----Original Message----- From: Daryl Robinson [mailto:drobinson@houston.rr.com] Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2003 5:57 PM To: PipeChat Subject: ANOTHER RANT     Greetings List.......... TubaMagna has sparked some animosity in me so Im going to go ahead and = send this SECOND ranting e-mail, but its something Ive wanted to say for awile. It is NO wonder that the organ is a dying species...........all of these academic STUCK up types that want to build historically ACCURATE organs = get all upset when something NEW is introduced. Rather that be ALL digital = organ or combination organs with pipes and electronics. I wouldnt exactly say = that at the time Silbermann was building organs that his were very TRADITIONAL. = I see the evolution of the digital organ as the NEXT step in the organ = world. And hybrid organs are a great way to incorporate the old with the new. I would PREFER to have a well constructed beautiful pipe organ that costs over one million dollars, who wouldnt? BUT, the practicalness of many congregations putting that kind of value on = a ORGAN is not practical at this time. For two reasons I think...........firstly the current economy. Secondly, the view of the = organ has NOT been very highly regarded the last decade or two. The congregation doesnt see the organ as a necessisty anymore partly, I believe, due to the academic rather BORING organists and the historically accurate MACHINES = that they are playing on. Most the time I go to an organ recital and fall = asleep because its unbelievably BORING. And I always think, WOW........that = person would make a great typist, all they did was get accuracy and play efficently. The organ has always had a prominent stage in history and the organ would probably be worse off today if Virgil Fox and Diane Bish hadnt done and are doing to help the organ. Yes Diane sells the organ like a = pair of shoes, but shes getting the organ to the masses, and making good money doing it. My overall point I suppose is that I think the fall of the organ in this country atleast, and possibly others (Havent looked into that too much) is partly if not mostly to blame on those that play it........the organist. Im sure there will be several harsh comments made about this e-mail and = not everyone will agree, but it is my OPINION and I expressed it. Which in = this church related business seems like a BAD thing to do.......but I do it anyway. Your truly, Daryl Robinson Daryl Robinson Organist/Music Associate Friendswood United Methodist Church 281-482-7535, ext. 113     ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2E725.FD0848E0 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D"text/html; charset=3Diso-8859-1">     <META content=3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1141" name=3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D#ffffff> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff = size=3D2>Wow Daryl ...You've said some significant things, and pretty well hit the nail = on the head.&nbsp; I'm just up the road in Houston.&nbsp; While I was reading = this thread, didn't realize that it was coming from so close to home.&nbsp; </FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff size=3D2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff = size=3D2>My 2cents:&nbsp; Silbermann was innovative, ...Silbermann was building pipe organs,&nbsp; ....but the bottom line is, &nbsp;Silbermann was building = what would sell ...then.&nbsp; Along the same lines, I think it is clear what Silbermann might be building today.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; = ;-&gt;</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff size=3D2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff = size=3D2>Peace and blessings,&nbsp; ...who knows, amidst the current global military = crisis, a year from now if the U.S. economy as we know it has plunged into an abyss, = this question might not be quite so burning.&nbsp;</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff size=3D2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff = size=3D2>Pax vobiscum,</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D050455516-10032003><FONT face=3DArial color=3D#0000ff size=3D2>Dary"e"l&nbsp; </FONT></SPAN><BR><BR><FONT face=3D"Courier New" size=3D2>Daryel Nance</FONT> <BR><FONT face=3D"Courier New" = size=3D2>St.Vincent de Paul Church, Houston&nbsp; <A href=3D"mailto:dnance@svdp-edu.org">mailto:dnance@svdp-edu.org</A></FONT> <BR><FONT face=3D"Courier New" size=3D2>www.svmusic.info ; = www.dompaulbenoit.com ; www.church-organist.com ; www.daryeln.com </FONT></DIV> <P><FONT face=3D"Courier New" size=3D2>"...the only ones among you who = will really be happy are those who sought and found how to serve."&nbsp;&nbsp; Albert Schwietzer</FONT> </P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=3Dltr style=3D"MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV class=3DOutlookMessageHeader dir=3Dltr align=3Dleft><FONT = face=3DTahoma size=3D2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> Daryl Robinson [mailto:drobinson@houston.rr.com]<BR><B>Sent:</B> Sunday, March 09, 2003 = 5:57 PM<BR><B>To:</B> PipeChat<BR><B>Subject:</B> ANOTHER = RANT<BR><BR></FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Greetings List..........</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>TubaMagna has sparked some animosity in = me so Im going to go ahead and send this SECOND ranting e-mail, but its something = Ive wanted to say for awile.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>It is NO wonder that the organ is a = dying species...........all of these academic STUCK up types that want to = build historically ACCURATE organs get all upset when something NEW is = introduced. Rather that be ALL digital organ or combination organs with pipes and electronics. I wouldnt exactly say that at the time Silbermann was = building organs that his were very TRADITIONAL. I see the evolution of the = digital organ as the NEXT step in the organ world. And hybrid organs are a great = way to incorporate the old with the new. </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I would PREFER to have a well = constructed beautiful pipe organ that costs over one million dollars, who wouldnt?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>BUT, the practicalness of many = congregations putting that kind of value on a ORGAN is not practical at this time. For = two reasons I think...........firstly the current economy. Secondly, the = view of the organ has NOT been very highly regarded the last decade or two. The congregation doesnt see the organ as a necessisty anymore partly, I = believe, due to the academic rather BORING organists and the historically = accurate MACHINES that they are playing on. Most the time I go to an organ = recital and fall asleep because its unbelievably BORING. And I always think, WOW........that person would make a great typist, all they did was get accuracy and play efficently. The organ has always had a prominent stage = in history and the organ would probably be worse off today if Virgil Fox = and Diane Bish hadnt done and are doing to help the organ. Yes Diane sells = the organ like a pair of shoes, but shes getting the organ to the masses, = and making good money doing it. </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>My overall point I suppose is that I = think the fall of the organ in this country atleast, and possibly others (Havent = looked into that too much) is partly if not mostly to blame on those that play it........the organist. </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Im sure there will be several harsh = comments made about this e-mail and not everyone will agree, but it is my OPINION and = I expressed it. Which in this church related business seems like a BAD = thing to do.......but I do it anyway. </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Your truly,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Daryl Robinson</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Daryl Robinson<BR>Organist/Music Associate<BR>Friendswood United Methodist Church<BR>281-482-7535, ext. 113</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2E725.FD0848E0--