PipeChat Digest #3686 - Tuesday, May 20, 2003
 
Furnace wedding
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Wedding Story
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Furnace wedding
  by "James R McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com>
Re: Furnace wedding
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
RE: Reedless Oboe in UK?
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions
  by "Teah" <teahzg@charter.net>
RE: Handel Organ Concertos
  by "Stephen Barker" <steve@ststephenscanterbury.freeserve.co.uk>
Saint-Sa=EBns Symphony No. 3 ('Organ Symphony' )
  by <patian@senet.com.au>
Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
'unnkown' organ
  by "Ryan C. Lander" <landerr@infoblvd.net>
Re: Handel Organ Concertos
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Farnam's organ
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
RE: Handel Organ Concertos
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Great Packages or something or other.
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Farnam's organ
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Reedless Oboe in UK?
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Tuning knife trouble
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
 

(back) Subject: Furnace wedding From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 15:07:11 -0400   Now WAIT A MINUTE, Jim! I first heard that story, precisely to the same details, in about 1957 or 1958, in St. Paul. It was set in a rural church in North Dakota, as I recall.   Now, either one of the two stories is stolen from the other one, or (and this IS possible!) the exact same event has occurred more than once. And, in that case, quite possibly a fair number of times more than once.   Loved being reminded of it, however. By (yet another) coincidence, I = first heard the story from another Jim. Jim Lokken, known to many from = piporg-l.   Alan     On 5/20/03 11:23 AM, "James R McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com> wrote: > > Well Cheryl asked for some funnies........ Long ago, I played a wedding in a small Pennsylvania rural church. We = won't discuss the instrument. As the various couples in the "parade" began waltzing down the aisle, I watched one of the bridesmaids stop, jerk, and then suddenly continue - minus one shoe. I looked down and saw that the heel was stuck in one of those old fashioned heating grates in the aisle floor. (The type that are directly over a "gravity" warm air furnace, coal of course). The next bridesmaid executed a beautiful and graceful dip as she swooped down to scoop up the stuck shoe, not even breaking stride.. Coming along right behind her, the bride simply disappeared! Of course, the grate had come up with the shoe, and all happened so fast that both of the bride's legs entered the abyss. Fortunately she was arrested after approximately three feet of fall, due to her rather steatopygian figure. The wedding resumed with a few bruises and scrapes, and a wedding gown = that appeared to have been tie-dyed black below the waist. Jim        
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Story From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 20:07:56 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   That reminded me of an identical happening many years ago, but this was a strong girl with powerful thighs (so I'm told!).   She dragged the grate bodily into the air with her heel and as it crashed down onto the stone floor, it shattered!   Bemused, I somehow managed to get through the Wedding March without too many convulsions.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   --- James R McFarland <mcfarland6@juno.com> wrote: > > > Long ago, I played a wedding in a small Pennsylvania > rural church. We > won't discuss the instrument. > > I looked down and saw that the heel > was stuck in one of > those old fashioned heating grates in the aisle > floor.   __________________________________________________ It's Samaritans' Week. Help Samaritans help others. Call 08709 000032 to give or donate online now at = http://www.samaritans.org/support/donations.shtm  
(back) Subject: Re: Furnace wedding From: "James R McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 15:32:04 -0400   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.   ----__JNP_000_76c2.10ed.3c3d Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3Dus-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit     On Tue, 20 May 2003 15:07:11 -0400 Alan Freed <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> writes: > Now WAIT A MINUTE, Jim! I first heard that story, precisely to the > same details, in about 1957 or 1958, in St. Paul. It was set in a rural > church in North Dakota, as I recall.     Alan:   Any chance that Jim Boeringer was the organist in that event? Or claimed to be?         > Now, either one of the two stories is stolen from the other one, or > (and this IS possible!) the exact same event has occurred more than once. > And, in that case, quite possibly a fair number of times more than once.       Must have been a time warp!   "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." - - - Mark Twain ----__JNP_000_76c2.10ed.3c3d Content-Type: text/html; charset=3Dus-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=3D3Dcontent-type = content=3D3Dtext/html;charset=3D3DUS-ASCII> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1170" name=3D3DGENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY bottomMargin=3D3D0 leftMargin=3D3D3 topMargin=3D3D0 = rightMargin=3D3D3> <DIV></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>On Tue, 20 May 2003 15:07:11 -0400 Alan Freed &lt;<A=3D20 href=3D3D"mailto:acfreed0904@earthlink.net">acfreed0904@earthlink.net</A>&g= t;=3D =3D20 writes:<BR>&gt; Now WAIT A MINUTE, Jim!&nbsp; I first heard that = story,=3D20 precisely to the <BR>&gt; same details, in about 1957 or 1958, in St.=3D20 Paul.&nbsp; It was set in a rural <BR>&gt; church in North Dakota, as = I=3D20 recall.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Alan:</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Any chance that Jim Boeringer was the organist in that event?&nbsp; = Or=3D =3D20 claimed to be?<BR></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><BR>&gt; Now, either one of the two stories is stolen from the other = =3D one,=3D20 or <BR>&gt; (and this IS possible!) the exact same event has occurred more = =3D than=3D20 once. <BR>&gt;&nbsp; And, in that case, quite possibly a fair number of = =3D times=3D20 more than once.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Must have been a time warp!</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still = =3D putting=3D20 on&nbsp;its shoes." - - - Mark Twain</DIV> <DIV><BR>&nbsp;</DIV></BODY></HTML>   ----__JNP_000_76c2.10ed.3c3d--    
(back) Subject: Re: Furnace wedding From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 15:50:58 -0400   > 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.   --B_3136290658_245551 Content-type: text/plain; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable   On 5/20/03 3:32 PM, "James R McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com> wrote:   > Any chance that Jim Boeringer was the organist in that event? Or = claimed=3D to > be? > =3D20 > Anything is possible; I did not hear the story in an =3DB3organ=3DB2 = connection a=3D t > all, as I recall. I barely recall the =3DB3North Dakota=3DB2 = connection=3D8Bbut even=3D that > could be a faulty memory. Or the story could be totally apocryphal. = But=3D it=3DB9s > so GOOD that it HAD to happen, someplace, sometime. >=3D20 > But who=3DB9s Jim Boeringer? Related to Hans and Elizabeth, of = Valparaiso? =3D No, > they were/are Boehringer. Hans was an LCMS theologian=3D8Bdon=3DB9t = know whether=3D HE > played or not. =3D20 >=3D20 > Alan=3D20 >=3D20     --B_3136290658_245551 Content-type: text/html; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Re: Furnace wedding</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY> <FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman">On 5/20/03 3:32 PM, &quot;James R = McFarland&qu=3D ot; &lt;mcfarland6@juno.com&gt; wrote:<BR> <BR> </FONT><BLOCKQUOTE><FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman">Any chance that Jim = Boering=3D er was the organist in that event? &nbsp;Or claimed to be?<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Anything is possible; I did not hear the story in an &#8220;organ&#8221; = co=3D nnection at all, as I recall. &nbsp;I barely recall the &#8220;North = Dakota&=3D #8221; connection&#8212;but even that could be a faulty memory. &nbsp;Or = the=3D story could be totally apocryphal. &nbsp;But it&#8217;s so GOOD that it = HAD=3D to happen, someplace, sometime. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> But who&#8217;s Jim Boeringer? &nbsp;Related to Hans and Elizabeth, of = Valp=3D araiso? &nbsp;No, they were/are Boehringer. &nbsp;Hans was an LCMS = theologia=3D n&#8212;don&#8217;t know whether HE played or not. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> Alan <BR> </FONT></BLOCKQUOTE><FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman"><BR> </FONT> </BODY> </HTML>     --B_3136290658_245551--    
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 08:58:12 +1200   >On Sun, 18 May 2003 18:58:34 -0700 quilisma@socal.rr.com writes: >> Good builders can do amazing things with tracker runs ... look at >> Weingarten, where the action CIRCLES a window to get to the >> Kronwerk   I would stand corrected, but I believe the Kronwerk action has always been pitiful, right from the beginning, and in fact has now been electric for some years.   Ross    
(back) Subject: RE: Reedless Oboe in UK? From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 21:40:58 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I can confirm that Harrison & Harrison, as I suspected, fitted a "Gamba Oboe" to at least one organ in Lincolnshire.   I knew I was right!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK>   __________________________________________________ It's Samaritans' Week. Help Samaritans help others. Call 08709 000032 to give or donate online now at = http://www.samaritans.org/support/donations.shtm  
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions From: "Teah" <teahzg@charter.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 15:52:09 -0500   I know that the Gabler Organ at Weingarten Abby has undergone a major restoration, but as I understand it the entire action remains mechanical, and the pipe work original (including Gabler's blood stains on the pipes = of the Vox Humana). Granted the organ's action was never "user friendly" by modern standards, but to electrify such an historic and nearly original instrument for the sake of modern convenience would be a travesty indeed. Any organ builder who would even dream of doing such a thing to a work of art like Gabler's greatest organ .... egads!   Tim   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 3:58 PM Subject: Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions     > >On Sun, 18 May 2003 18:58:34 -0700 quilisma@socal.rr.com writes: > >> Good builders can do amazing things with tracker runs ... look at > >> Weingarten, where the action CIRCLES a window to get to the > >> Kronwerk > > I would stand corrected, but I believe the Kronwerk action has always = been > pitiful, right from the beginning, and in fact has now been electric for > some years. > > Ross       --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.481 / Virus Database: 277 - Release Date: 5/13/2003    
(back) Subject: RE: Handel Organ Concertos From: "Stephen Barker" <steve@ststephenscanterbury.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 22:05:20 +0100   Colin said...     In fact, as I sit here beneath a black shroud, rubbing the screen, I can see a strange name appearing.....   It says......   Br....Bro.....Brown of Canterbury   Whoooooooooooooooo!       And you're spot on with that one! 1960s rebuild of one of their earlier rebuilds! Some of the pipework is well over 100 years old but there is no record of the original builder - not that I've found so far anyway! It is a 'classic' English 2 manual church organ ;o)   Steve     --- "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> wrote: > > > > Nobody can tell from a written specification which > stops to use > > This is the most sensible comment I have heard in a > long time     __________________________________________________ It's Samaritans' Week. Help Samaritans help others. Call 08709 000032 to give or donate online now at http://www.samaritans.org/support/donations.shtm   "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: Saint-Sa=EBns Symphony No. 3 ('Organ Symphony' ) From: <patian@senet.com.au> Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 07:15:37 +0930   Has anyone got details of a solo organ arrangement of the Poco Adagio from the above "Organ Symphony"? Publisher, availability, etc.?   I already have a 19-bars segment published by OECUMUSE, but I want some more (just like Oliver Twist ).   Ian.    
(back) Subject: Re: Tracker runs, nee side saddle actions From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:49:12 -0400   On 5/20/03 4:52 PM, "Teah" <teahzg@charter.net> wrote:   > I know that the Gabler Organ at Weingarten Abby has undergone a major > restoration,   When? By Kuhn of Zurich? I have not been there since 1993ish.   > but as I understand it the entire action remains mechanical, > and the pipe work original (including Gabler's blood stains on the pipes = of > the Vox Humana).   Confirmed by DNA testing, of course.   > Granted the organ's action was never "user friendly" by > modern standards, but to electrify such an historic and nearly original > instrument for the sake of modern convenience would be a travesty = indeed. > Any organ builder who would even dream of doing such a thing to a work = of > art like Gabler's greatest organ .... egads! > > Tim   I'm tending to agree. But I'm not even remotely a well-informed person.   Alan      
(back) Subject: 'unnkown' organ From: "Ryan C. Lander" <landerr@infoblvd.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:54:54 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D3_01C31F09.AE95B780 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Hi all- I think I will post this question here, incase someone didnt =3D visit my sight. The last organ I got, I cannot figgure out the maker. = =3D One gentleman suggested it was an Estey, as he had one identical to it. = =3D Im looking for pics of different consoles, but, cant find ANY that arent = =3D trackers, drawknobs, or HUGE wurly theater organs.... =3D20   What I know about my organ-   1920's possibly 30's vintage. Electro-pneumatic, Solid oak console. =3D Mahogany ? cheek blocks, stop board and keyboard sides, 30 note concave = =3D radiating pedle board - not easily removable- contacts made into base, 2 = =3D x 61 note manuals- no provisions for couplers at the keys (unlike my =3D Buhl). Stop tabs have electric thingys for preset. There are two drawers = =3D under the cheekblocks with switches to set the presets (possibly from a = =3D rebuild by fazakas in the 60's ?) Most, if not all, pipe magnets are =3D reisner, keying relay replaced with transistors (1960's fazakas rebuild) = =3D main relay consists of pipe magnets at the top, working diaphragms with = =3D long rods that pull the wooden relays. Three sets of about 8 or 9 =3D relays per row, left to right. Swell enclosure has bellows that work =3D the shades.... 5 per side of the access door, shades and front appear =3D to be cedar or other light, reddish wood. I cannot find any akers marks = =3D on anything, nor any opus number. only markings on the pipes are =3D name/pitch IE 'St. Diap C# ' -no makers name or ciy .   Any help on this would be appreciated... Steve Best any ideas ? LOL = =3D20   Thankies all   Ryan   'Come on without, Come on Within, You've not seen nothing like the =3D mighty Quint'     ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D3_01C31F09.AE95B780 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type content=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Diso-8859-1"> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 6.00.2600.0" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Hi all-&nbsp; I think I will post = this =3D question=3D20 here, incase someone didnt visit my sight.&nbsp; The last organ I got, I = =3D cannot=3D20 figgure out the maker.&nbsp; One gentleman suggested it was an Estey, as = =3D he had=3D20 one identical to it.&nbsp; Im looking for pics of different consoles, =3D but, cant=3D20 find ANY that arent trackers, drawknobs, or HUGE wurly theater=3D20 organs....&nbsp;&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>What I know about my =3D organ-</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>1920's possibly 30's = vintage.&nbsp;=3D20 Electro-pneumatic, Solid oak console.&nbsp; Mahogany ? cheek blocks, =3D stop board=3D20 and keyboard sides, 30 note concave radiating pedle board - not = easily=3D20 removable- contacts made into base, 2 x 61 note manuals- no provisions =3D for=3D20 couplers at the keys (unlike my Buhl). Stop tabs have electric thingys =3D for=3D20 preset. There are two drawers under the cheekblocks with switches to set = =3D the=3D20 presets (possibly from a rebuild by fazakas in the 60's ?)&nbsp; Most, =3D if not=3D20 all, pipe magnets are reisner, keying relay replaced with transistors =3D (1960's=3D20 fazakas rebuild) main relay consists of pipe magnets at the top, working = =3D   diaphragms with long rods that pull the wooden relays.&nbsp; Three sets = =3D of about=3D20 8 or 9 relays per row, left to right.&nbsp; Swell enclosure has bellows = =3D that=3D20 work the shades....&nbsp; 5 per side of the access door, shades and =3D front appear=3D20 to be cedar or other light, reddish wood.&nbsp; I cannot find any akers = =3D marks on=3D20 anything, nor any opus number.&nbsp; only markings on the pipes are =3D name/pitch=3D20 IE&nbsp;&nbsp; 'St. Diap C# '&nbsp; -no makers name or ciy =3D ..</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Any help on this would be =3D appreciated...&nbsp;=3D20 Steve Best any ideas ?&nbsp; LOL&nbsp;&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Thankies all</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Ryan</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>'Come on without, Come on Within, You've not seen nothing like = the=3D20 mighty<BR>Quint'<BR></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D3_01C31F09.AE95B780--    
(back) Subject: Re: Handel Organ Concertos From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:29:44 -0500   ----- Original Message ----- From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 12:24 AM Subject: Re: Handel Organ Concertos     > Hi Bud: > > E. Power Biggs made the recording at Great Packington. > There was a great controversy of why the organ needed > an alteration of it's pipes by Suzi Jeans, and Dame > Gillian Weir during the 50's. It seems the pipes were > cut off and after the recording secession extra long > tuning collars were employed to regain the old > pitch. Jeans and Weir maintained that this was an > untouched Handel organ, why cut it up especially to > play Handel's music. I'm wondering the same thing.   The performance used an English orchestra that had modern instruments, = tuned to A=3D440, which meant that they could not play with the instrument at = its original pitch. This was several decades ago when period instruments for such performances were generally not an option. Lady Susi Jeans was = furious and publicly accused E. Power Biggs of having been responsible for ruining the instrument. E. Power Biggs responded by bringing suit against Susi Jeans for defamation. For some reason that I do not comprehend, the legal suit took place in the Netherlands. Susi Jeans won.   John Speller    
(back) Subject: Re: Farnam's organ From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:38:33 -0500   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 9:52 AM Subject: Re: Farnam's organ     > There is a non-tiny von Beckeratch, maybe two years old, = (II/20something?) > sitting in Trinity Lutheran Church (free-standing, on the nave floor), 100th > St., Manhattan. Last I heard, the vB rep was looking for a buyer. He's > based in the NYC area (Westchester County, I think). Info from me would be > very unreliable; but you (or SOMEONE) may want to contact him. I think > there's a website about it; I've seen photos SOMEwhere.   Available on the Organ Clearing House website at http://www.organclearinghouse.com/instruments/index3.html The instrument was originally intended for another location, but the purchaser decided at the last minute to buy a much larger von Beckerath organ, so there is no disgrace in the fact that it is available!   John Speller    
(back) Subject: RE: Handel Organ Concertos From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 01:48:21 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Told you so.........Brown of Canterbury.   Spooky or what?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell (Who just has a very good long-term memory for previous postings!)     Stephen Barker wrote: >   Colin said... > > > In fact, as I sit here beneath a black shroud, > rubbing > the screen, I can see a strange name appearing..... > > It says...... > > Br....Bro.....Brown of Canterbury > > Whoooooooooooooooo! > > > > And you're spot on with that one! 1960s rebuild of > one of their > earlier rebuilds! Some of the pipework is well over > 100 years   __________________________________________________ It's Samaritans' Week. Help Samaritans help others. Call 08709 000032 to give or donate online now at = http://www.samaritans.org/support/donations.shtm  
(back) Subject: Re: Great Packages or something or other. From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:53:30 -0500     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:45 AM Subject: Re: Great Packages or something or other.   > Who the dickens were Glyn & Parker?   Good question. Almost nothing is known of them except that they were respected Manchester organbuilders in the eighteenth century.   They worked in quite a few important places, rebuilding the organs at St. Mary the Great and Trinity College, Cambridge, and building a new organ = for All Hallows the Great, London, and rebuilding the organ at St. Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, and possibly also doing work at the Foundling Hospital (where Handel was the patron, though the evidence for this is a little uncertain.)   Perhaps their most interesting surviving instrument is the "Handel Enharmonic Organ" in St. Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh, which, although only a four-stop one manual, is tuned to meantone temperament but has extra keys for f#, c#/db, g#/ab, and a#/bb, similar to the Fisk at Wellesley.   There is also one of their little chamber organs in Merton College, = Oxford.   John Speller    
(back) Subject: Re: Farnam's organ From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 21:07:29 -0400   On 5/20/03 8:38 PM, "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> wrote:   > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> > To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 9:52 AM > Subject: Re: Farnam's organ > >> There is a non-tiny von Beckeratch, maybe two years old, = (II/20something?) >> sitting in Trinity Lutheran Church (free-standing, on the nave floor), = 100th >> St., Manhattan. Last I heard, the vB rep was looking for a buyer. = He's >> based in the NYC area (Westchester County, I think). Info from me = would >> be very unreliable; but you (or SOMEONE) may want to contact him. I = think >> there's a website about it; I've seen photos SOMEwhere. > > Available on the Organ Clearing House website at > http://www.organclearinghouse.com/instruments/index3.html > The instrument was originally intended for another location, but the > purchaser decided at the last minute to buy a much larger von Beckerath > organ, so there is no disgrace in the fact that it is available! > > John Speller >   Exactly my understanding. But time has gone by, and my memory has gone to Venus. Thanks VERY much for the URL. I hope someone can be improved MUCH by this possibility.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Re: Reedless Oboe in UK? From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 20:06:56 -0500     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:50 AM Subject: Re: Reedless Oboe in UK?     > Hello, > > Which reminds me..... > > I used to play one of the best Binns organs ever made, > which had been slightly modified tonally. > > Using the Binns "fry up" Viole d'Orechetra and the > Nazard produced THE most wonderful Orchestral Oboe.   Numerous American organbuilders of the 1930's to 1950's made little 3 rank unit organs, comprising extended 16' Bourdon, 8' Diapason, and 8' = Salicional ranks. The commonest of these are instrumnents are those by Wicks, Moller and Kilgen. The Bourdon unit would normally be available on the Swell at = 8', 4', 2.2/3' and 2' pitch. The Salicional would generally also be available at 8' and 4'. As well as the usual extensions there would usually be a = stop marked "8' Quintadena", which consisted of the Bourdon rank at 8' and = 2.2/3' pitches. There would also be an "8' Oboe" or sometimes "8' Orchestral = Oboe" stop which consisted of the 8' Salicional plus the Bourdon at 2.2/3' (sometimes also with the Bourdon at 4'). How well this works usually depends on how sizzly the string is. The more orchestral the better, so I can well understand what you say about the Binns. Obviously you are one of those organists who does what I advocate -- experimenting and listening to the results!   John Speller    
(back) Subject: Tuning knife trouble From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 22:31:54 -0400   Some may be aware of a new product featured in OSI's catalogue: A tuning knife designed by Fisk. I have one and have been using it for a few = months. I like it and I can tune faster than I could with my old trustworthy, but poorly designed, tuning knife. There's one problem with the Fisk knife: one of the "business" ends has become magnetized and whenever I'm tuning small pipes with the older coke tin sleeves I find I'm lifting the pipes out of place. Has anyone had the same experience? Any suggestions about a process to demagnetize my knife? Any help greatly appreciated. AjM