PipeChat Digest #3565 - Saturday, March 22, 2003
 
African Scam - funny story
  by "Thomas Mohr" <thomasmohr@aon.at>
RE: Subject: Looking for organ art
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius, NY - 3/21/03
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
re: Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius, NY - 3/21/03
  by <patmai@juno.com>
Re: Old established organ builders
  by "alantaylor" <alantaylor@v21mail.co.uk>
Re: Needs instructions to build pipe organs
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
RE: Africian Scam
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
Judging Builders, Naming Names
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
defunct builders
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
Bulgarian scam
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Olivier Latry in Boston
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
Re: Long-established organ builders
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Pipe organ builder scams
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
 

(back) Subject: African Scam - funny story From: "Thomas Mohr" <thomasmohr@aon.at> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:31:15 +0100   Hi Listmembers,   concerning this Nigerian Scam letters I have to contribute a funny story. = One day I got such a letter and since the police station is opposite the = church, I went there to report it. On seeing this letter the police officer began = to laugh really loud. "You know, we know already that these Nigerians need = money again. A few days ago we received a similar letter. Addressed: "Police Station Guntramsdorf".     -- DI Thomas Mohr Institute of Cancer Research - Vienna University Borschkegasse 8a A-1090 Vienna Austria Tel ++43 (1) 4277 65160 Fax ++43 (1) 4277 65196  
(back) Subject: RE: Subject: Looking for organ art From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 07:16:46 -0600   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0012_01C2F043.07D2B640 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"us-ascii" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Can I borrow your husband for a day or two? Mine is a woodworker, and I still can't light a fire under him.     Glenda Sutton   gksjd85@direcway.com     -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of FastToccata@aol.com Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 5:53 PM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Subject: Looking for organ art     My husband made a wall hanging out of 12 wooden pipes and it really turned out nice and follows the shape of the walls going up to the ceiling into a peak and doesn't take up a lot of space. It hangs on the wall right above my practice organ and many have commented how great it looks. Those who come into our home and really don't know much about organs, ask if we have a pipe organ (which we don't - sorry, it is electronic). These pipes we got for really cheap, and our from a theatre pipe organ of some sort.           ------=3D_NextPart_000_0012_01C2F043.07D2B640 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"us-ascii" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <html>   <head> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Dus-ascii">     <meta name=3D3DGenerator content=3D3D"Microsoft Word 10 (filtered)">   <style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Footlight MT Light"; panose-1:2 4 6 2 6 3 10 2 3 4;} @font-face {font-family:Tahoma; panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;} @font-face {font-family:"Colonna MT"; panose-1:4 2 8 5 6 2 2 3 2 3;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} p.MsoEnvelopeReturn, li.MsoEnvelopeReturn, div.MsoEnvelopeReturn {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Footlight MT Light";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline;} p.MsoAutoSig, li.MsoAutoSig, div.MsoAutoSig {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} span.EmailStyle18 {font-family:Arial; color:blue; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none none;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style>   </head>   <body lang=3D3DEN-US link=3D3Dblue vlink=3D3Dpurple>   <div class=3D3DSection1>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 color=3D3Dblue face=3D3DArial =3D FAMILY=3D3DSANSSERIF><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:blue'>Can I borrow =3D your husband for a day or two?&nbsp; Mine is a woodworker, and I still can&#8217;t =3D light a fire under him.</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 color=3D3Dblue = face=3D3DArial><span =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:blue'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <div>   <p class=3D3DMsoAutoSig><font size=3D3D3 color=3D3Dblue face=3D3D"Colonna = =3D MT"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Colonna =3D MT";color:blue'>Glenda</span></font><font color=3D3Dblue face=3D3D"Colonna MT"><span style=3D3D'font-family:"Colonna = =3D MT";color:blue'> Sutton</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoAutoSig><font size=3D3D3 color=3D3Dblue face=3D3D"Colonna = =3D MT"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Colonna =3D MT";color:blue'>gksjd85@direcway.com</span></font></p>   </div>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 color=3D3Dblue = face=3D3DArial><span =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:blue'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D2 =3D face=3D3DTahoma><span style=3D3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma'>-----Original =3D Message-----<br> <b><span style=3D3D'font-weight:bold'>From:</span></b> =3D pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] <b><span style=3D3D'font-weight:bold'>On = =3D Behalf Of </span></b>FastToccata@aol.com<br> <b><span style=3D3D'font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> Friday, March 21, = =3D 2003 5:53 PM<br> <b><span style=3D3D'font-weight:bold'>To:</span></b> =3D pipechat@pipechat.org<br> <b><span style=3D3D'font-weight:bold'>Subject:</span></b> Re: Subject: =3D Looking for organ art</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal style=3D3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3D3 =3D face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span style=3D3D'font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal =3D style=3D3D'margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;margin-left: ..5in'><font size=3D3D2 face=3D3DArial><span =3D style=3D3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>My husband made a wall hanging out of 12 wooden pipes and it really turned = =3D out nice and follows the shape of the walls going up to the ceiling into a =3D peak and doesn't take up a lot of space.&nbsp; It hangs on the wall right above =3D my practice organ and many have commented how great it looks.&nbsp; Those who come =3D into our home and really don't know much about organs, ask if we have a pipe =3D organ (which we don't - sorry, it is electronic).&nbsp; These pipes we got for = =3D really cheap, and our from a theatre pipe organ of some sort.<br> <br> <br> </span></font></p>   </div>   </body>   </html>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0012_01C2F043.07D2B640--    
(back) Subject: Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius, NY - 3/21/03 From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:01:35 -0500   Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius Loyola, New York March 21st, 2003   Well, three times to St. Ignatius in a week, this one last time, amply rewarded yet again, with a quite splendid, occasionally whimsical, Organ recital by Thierry Escaich (pronounced rather like Eh Sketch). We had met him as a composer a few times during this magical French week, and were = now hearing him as performer. In a week of much that was totally new (and wonderful), he gave us some perfect comfort food to send us on our way for the last time.   He began with the Tournemire improvisation on Victimae Paschali, transcribed/rescued for us all by the blessed Maurice Durufle. This may be Lent, but by gosh, it was nothing less than Easter in that Organ loft. = What a grand performance, big and brash, and yes, improvisatory.   Going back a couple of generations in the life of Ste. Clothilde, we were given the lollipop of the evening, the Franck B Minor Choral. The passacaglia began somewhat drily, fair enough, I believe on the Swell, but at measure 17, when the passacaglia theme goes to the soprano, we moved = down to the Great, and the famous <fonds d'huit,>" with which this Organ is abundantly supplied, and I sighed in appreciation of the richness, and sighed yet more as we heard subtle accelerandi and dimuendi in response to the tension and release in this music. The approach was somewhat improvisatory, and it all felt entirely right to me, and I am sure, to = Cesar as well. (His wife is another matter!)   Next: "Fantasy and Fugue improvised in romantic style." Kent came to the lectern and announced that earlier in the evening, in a restaurant, = Olivier Latry had written out two themes for the occasion, and also, that Andrew Henderson, Assistant Organist at the church, had come up with an = additional theme having something to do with furry beasts! Well, when was the last = time you heard The Teddy Bears' Picnic as a fugue subject? Interestingly, M. Escaich only played over the Teddy Bear theme - we did not hear Olivier's themes played out first, so I really did not get them fixed in my mind, = but sensed that they were there at various times. The sheer virtuosity of it = all was breathtaking, with the Teddy Bear poking his head out in odd places. Some rather pungent registrations had been stored up in a memory for improvising, and we heard some pretty wild and wonderful sounds. We all smiled our way through the intermission.   After intermission, we heard two works by M. Escaich, the first called Recit. This began as something of a Trio Mysterioso, interspersed with big Chordal sections. The Trio became more complex at each iteration, and it = was driving me mad, because it was highly reminiscent of another piece of = music I know very well. The light bulb finally went on just at the end, and I am not at all sure that the reference, if it was that, was unintentional, and could make sense as another homage to St. Clothilde. The mysterious = opening page of the Cesar Franck Psalm 150 - you heard it here!   The second Escaich composition was being played for the first time ever. "Agnus Dei." A bit like "Recit" in being somewhat passacaglia like, but at first over an ostinato deep pedal note. There was a terribly poignant = moment along the way. Rather on the beat, well timed, there was an enormous clap = of thunder. I don't know what others thought, but I went absolutely white. On screen, I saw the young page turner really jump, and then turn to look out over the railing into the church. We have all been made so conscious of terrorist threats, more so in New York, perhaps, than in most other = places, and then, we have been tenderized if we have watched (and listened) to the televised bombardment of Bagdad. So, it all came together in that moment. However, the music went on, as it always must, and the piece built to a magnificent climax. Is any of M. Escaich's music published? I consider it well worth a look.   Next, a stunning performance of <Le Monde dans l'attente du Sauveur> from the Symphonie Passion of Dupre, another great celebration of the Art of the Organ, and those who write for it, to end this glorious week.   Last item: "Free Improvisation on a Popular Theme." I don't know - it's a tune that was immediately recognizable, but what? After a bit, I had = decided that it was "Alouette, gentil Allouette, Alouette, je t'y plumerai," but then I thought not quite. Do do do re mi--re, do mi re re do. Anyone know? Anyway, it was wonderful to sit back and listen to a master send us great waves of sound. The invention came to a great climax, including a big glissando and crashing final chords. We all whooped and hollered, = standing, of couse, except for those who chose to sit and pound their feet on the wooden floor to add to the excitement!   The applause refused to stop, and so M. Escaich took the bench one more time, and played for us an unidentified fabulous piece of music. Can this have been an improvisation as well? I checked with Stephen Tharp, who was seated a couple of rows in front of me, because I knew if it was a = published piece, he would know it. The verdict: yet another amazing improvisation.   What a night! The only thing missing was a bit of Bach on his birthday! = What a week! I think it time to salute the St. Ignatius music staff, every = member of which had a part in making this happen.   Kent Tritle - Director of Music Ministries Nancianne Parrella - Associate Organist Aaron Smith - Assistant Director of Music Andrew Henderson - Assistant Organist Roger Gillen - Associate Musician Scott Warren - Associate Musician Christine Hoffman - Music Administrator Joachim Parrella - Logistics Coordinator Evan Kovacs - Lighting Designer John Randolph - Organ Curator Karen Krueger - Choral Contractor Arthur Fiacco - Orchestral Contractor Jean Junker - Reception Coordinator   The Pastor, The Rev. Walter Modrys, S. J. gets top marks for having had = the wisdom to engage the very young Kent Tritle all those years ago, and to continue to fully support him in his work.   The next opportunity for a St. Ignatius "fix" will be on Tuesday, April = 8th, a performance of the Brahms Requiem with full orchestra.   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com      
(back) Subject: re: Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius, NY - 3/21/03 From: <patmai@juno.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:39:25 -0500   Dear Pipechatters,   Thank you, Malcolm, for a fabulous review of what surely was a magnificent recital!   >From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> >Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:01:35 -0500   >Thierry Escaich at St. Ignatius Loyola, New York March 21st, 2003 <large snip>   >The second Escaich composition was being played for the first time ever. "Agnus Dei." A bit like "Recit" in being somewhat passacaglia like, but at first over an ostinato deep pedal note. There was a terribly poignant moment along the way. Rather on the beat, well timed, there was an enormous clap of thunder. I don't know what others thought, but I went absolutely white.   Wish that I had been there, thunderstorm and all. I trust that you have recovered your usual countenance by now.   >The approach [to Franck's B minor Chorale] was somewhat >improvisatory, and it all felt entirely right to me, and I am sure, to Cesar >as well. (His wife is another matter!) OK, Malcolm, what is the story on Mrs. Cesar Franck? Inquiring minds want to know..   I was glad (yes, intentional reference to Parry :-) that you noted the absence of a tribute to Herr Bach on his birthday. Later today or tonight I shall post a program including the Bach werke which we performed at West Point yesterday to honor the 318th anniversary of the master's natal day. That is, _if_ I can get juno to cooperate on my pc in transmitting Meredith Baker's elegant New York fonts on a Mac into plain text! Wish me luck.   Pat Maimone   ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Juno Platinum Internet Access Today Only $9.95 per month! Visit www.juno.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Old established organ builders From: "alantaylor" <alantaylor@v21mail.co.uk> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 15:54:11 -0000   Willis has now bought the old Rushworth Factory in Liverpool.   Alan Taylor London ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 7:29 PM Subject: Re: Old established organ builders     > Hello, > > Thanks for that Alan, I had wondered if this was the > case when they closed down the works at Petersfield > and moved everything to LIverpool. > > Regards, > > Colin Mitchell UK > > --- alantaylor <alantaylor@v21mail.co.uk> wrote: > > Willis is no longer a family company. Henry 4 sold > > the company to a David > > Wyld. > > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Everything you'll ever need on one web page > from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts > http://uk.my.yahoo.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: Needs instructions to build pipe organs From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:26:42 EST   Your post implies that a real pipe organ builder is being hired to install = a pipe organ in your home. If you actually have a real organbuilder doing = the original work, you might wish to have the original builder complete or = expand the job.  
(back) Subject: RE: Africian Scam From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:53:28 -0500     NEVER, NEVER, NEVER send them any money, and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER open any attachments.   But if you have the time, try cooking up a scheme whereby they spend their money trying to contact you. hehe!          
(back) Subject: Judging Builders, Naming Names From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 12:15:58 EST   As this topic has been bandied about both lists in the past couple of days, this is a cross-post. The best way to evaluate an organbuilder is to see and hear their most =   recent work. More contracts have been lost and reputations badly damaged = by gossip and hearsay, and this flies in BOTH directions: not just inflicting =   tortious interference with business on the innocent, but the lauding of exceptionally bad, notorious builders by the ignorant. QUALITY and QUANTITY: Moller built neary 12,000 organs, lasted over a =   century, and had the highest D&B rating possible. Based upon these facts, = and not on knowledge and judgement, they edged out much finer builders for contracts before the firm collapsed. Their technically nightmarish contraptions sported some of the worst scaling and voicing in American organbuilding, and many have been replaced or had to be radically rebuilt = and revoiced to make them into musical instruments (by some peoples' = standards). I know of one builder that has completely sewn up the market for one denomination in three states. They throw in several organs per month, and among real musicians, have the worst reputation in the business. Yet they = are thriving, underbidding all competition, and STILL making a mint by = building the cheapest junk out there. Having heard all of the horror stories, I = went to see one, and lo and behold, it looked BEAUTIFUL from downstairs, and = was quite photogenic. When I got up to the organ loft, I noticed the = quarter-inch Masonite case, no pipes longer than 4' (16' and 8' octaves were electronically generated, including the 16' Bourdon, which can be found in =   any city dump). They sent me their sales package, including an unwatchably = out-of-focus, blaring, distorted video tape of Junior-High quality, with pictures of six-rank unit organs with electronic additions and 37-note chamades = floating by. The soundtrack was deceptively recorded on one of their "large" instruments, with grotesque, distorted reeds blaring throughout. This tape =   has sold several Cathedral organs for them. Amazing. SUCCESSORS TO AEOLIAN-SKINNER: If you want a REAL Skinner or Aeolian-Skinner, BUY one before it is dumped in a landfill by an ignorant church. I think these chat lists have dubbed at least seven organbuilders = as the "tonal successors to Aeolian-Skinner." WHICH Aeolian-Skinner? Early Harrison? Late Harrison? Joseph Whiteford? All very different, not all of them great -- which brings us to our next point. If you were auditioning for the job of organist/choirmaster, would you =   ask for a letter of recommendation from a church from which you were fired =   because of your constant liturgical battles with the clergy? Would you = send them a recording of that painful recital during which you just couldn't = seem to get it together, stopped in the middle of a piece, and hit dozens of = wrong notes? Would you send them copies of the newspaper reviews that stated = that you had no business playing the organ in front of other people? Of course = not. Ask the builder to show you, and play for you, their most recent work, = or work of which they are quite proud. Give them the courtesy YOU would want. =   They learn with each instrument, and as Skinner said when asked what his greatest organ was, he said, "I haven't built it yet." Don't worry about output... think of the builders with thousands of substandard organs to their name. Everbody had an opus one (except Mr. Skinner, who began numbering at three digits!) and although they may be on =   instrument number three or fifteen, that is not an indicator of quality. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!!! How many times have we seen a post along the = lines of, "We have junkpile of which I'm proud, a Baldwin model 11 with a unit = pipe Melodia added, and I'm not an organ snob. It just has to make music. Of course, we'd LOVE a Wicks or a Taylor and Boody, but we can't afford it." Assigning no qualitative evaluation or preference to the two builders mentioned, let us just note that they come from diametrically opposed positions in the field, and have little in common other than the fact that =   they both build pipe organs. Clearly, the poster has no inkling of what = they want or need, and are bitter enough about the instrument they play that = they embrace it to demonstrate what they perceive to be lack of snobbery. Names like Metzler and Ahrend in Europe, are rarely, if ever = mentioned, yet they build some of the greatest musical instruments around. Schantz = has quietly been doing extraordinary work, yet other builders of much lower quality are given bigger pedistals. If we educate ourselves and USE OUR = EARS, we will build more pipe organs, and better pipe organs. Pipe organs are affordable -- and as one poster put it, anybody who really wanted a pipe organ found out how to raise the money.   Sebastian M. Gluck New York City  
(back) Subject: defunct builders From: "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:40:01 -0600   HI list, I would like some opinions, and reason to support them, about defunct organ builders like: Estey, Hinners and Henry Pilcher's sons. I have most of my residence organ pipework from an 1905 Estey, an oboe from = a 1923 Hinners and have access to a Henry Pilcher's Sons organ of 1922. = Just curious as to what you think of them as far as quailty, reliabilty etc. = All of these organs in a former life were of T-P design. Thanks, Gary      
(back) Subject: Bulgarian scam From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 13:53:21 EST   If you are approached by a "bag lady" on the subway, and she promises = you that you'll be Queen of Bulgaria if you give her a quarter, be careful. I am now out two bits, and CNN has made no mention of my forthcoming coronation. I never thought I'd fall for such a scheme, but I did. SMG  
(back) Subject: Olivier Latry in Boston From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 14:52:23 -0500   Olivier Latry played at the Mother Church in Boston last night. His = program was   Prelude and Fugue in G major JS Bach   Three chorale preludes from the Orgelbu"chlein: JS Bach Jesu meine Freude Wer nur den lieben Gott la"sst walten Es ist das Heil uns kommen her   Quatre Cantiques de Denizot APF Boe"ly Le vermeil du Soleil Reveillez-vous pastoureaux Esprits divins Voici la premiere entree   Toccata in b minor Boe"ly   Choral 1 in E major Franck   Intermission   Allegro from the Sixth Symphony Widor   Pieces de Fantaisie Vierne Clair de lune Feux follets   Final from Evocation Dupre   Improvisation on three themes Go down Moses a theme composed by Peter Krasinski and i forgot the third!   and for an encore, finale from Guilmant's sonata.   It was a thrilling recital and much appreciated by the large audience. (it = had been made free a few days before, and those who had bought tickets = were offered a refund.) He made it all look so easy. And not a scrap of = music in sight.   Nice non-legato treatment of the Bach, and interesting registration on the = third chorale prelude in which he used a 4' reed and played down an = octave. The whole program was rhythmically exciting, most especially I = thought leading up to the conclusion of the Widor. The improv was of = course most impressive.   If anyone else on the list was there, please add your comments. Merry Foxworth   =B4=A8=A8)) -:=A6:- =B8.=B7=B4 .=B7=B4=A8=A8)) ((=B8=B8.=B7=B4 ..=B7=B4 -:=A6:-   An excerpt from Robert Giddings "Musical Quotes and Anecdotes", published in Longman Pocket Companions: "There let the pealing organ blow, To the full-voiced choir below, In service high, and anthems clear, As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all Heav'n before mine eyes". John Milton - Il Penseroso (1632).   http://ibo.bww.com/foxworth password: foxy    
(back) Subject: Re: Long-established organ builders From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 23:23:45 +0000 (GMT)   Hello,   It just shows how out of touch I can be at times.   Alan Taylor informs us that the Willis company is now in the ownership of David Wyld (who once owned a recording company) and they occupy the old Rushworth & Dreaper works in Liverpool.   It is, perhaps, a reflection on the decline of places of worship in the UK, that a company such as R & D could disappear. They always built substantial and well made instruments.   In the relatively recent past, R & D did some major work, which included the organs of Chester Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Hull City Hall....the latter a great success.   Their instrument for the church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, is still the largest romantic instrument in Scotland and one of the largest organs in the UK.   I begin to wonder how many organ builders there will be left in the UK in another ten years.   I also wonder why so many prestige contracts have ended up going to continental builders, with not terribly good-sounding instruments the result.   Are our Organ Consultants crazy or are they being "persuaded" ?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK         --- Graham Dukes <mngdukes@online.no> wrote: > Re current correspondence on this topic: I see that > the name of Rushworth and Dreaper is mentioned. I > hope it is true: a correspondent recently told me > that they had closed down   __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts http://uk.my.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Pipe organ builder scams From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 19:20:24 -0600   I was approached at Lowe's today by a strange-looking man, who offered to build me a pipe organ out of poison ivy for free. I would have taken him up on it if it had been crape myrtles or scuppernong grape vines, but alas, I had to decline. So please be careful out there.   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com