PipeChat Digest #3987 - Thursday, September 18, 2003
Re: expense of pipe organs
  by "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>

(back) Subject: Re: expense of pipe organs From: "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 02:20:54 -0400   Brent,   The two organs I played were not 2 or 3 rankers=2E They each have about 35-40 ranks=2E   Andrew   Original Message: ----------------- Wrom: NEUQZAAFXISHJEXXIMQZUIVOTQNQEMSF Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 01:00:31 -0500 To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: Re: expense of pipe organs     I certainly believe that throwing a few darts into the collection of all of the Wicks installations in the world, one would easily chance to hi= t instruments of undesirable design and tonal quality=2E I don't in any way=   feel the need to argue with Andrew's experiences with Wicks organs=2E I my= self have encountered many such instruments=2E What I would like to do is to remind Andrew and everyone else on the list is that Wicks has been building pipe organs since 1906, and there are=   some 6400 new instruments, and countless rebuilds of other makes, as well = as complete instruments sold to other builders for them to assemble=2E One c= an almost look at the specification, the style of pipe construction, the console design, or the tonal quality and guess at least the decade, if not=   close to the year of construction=2E Over the period of almost 100 years,= the company has been made up of different people, different craftsmen, differe= nt designers, and different tonal directors=2E The result is visible waves o= f changes in tonal design, voicing, pipe making, design, sales, and philosophies=2E These different aspects didn't all change at the same tim= e, but they did change over the company's history=2E Thanks durability of de= sign and construction of these organs, though, it's possible to compare a Wicks=   organ from 1935 with one from 1965, and with one from 1995=2E There's not=   many companies that can easily accomplish that (that are still operating today)=2E An dubious distinction for the company is that sales of instrum= ents during the 60s and 70s were incredible with the company's output around 2 organs a week=2E Now there are instruments from this period in almost eve= ry little town, making it easy to think that's all that exists of the Wicks Organ Company=2E The churches that bought them rarely needed to replace t= hem, so they're still out there today=2E If you've heard a little two or three=   rank instrument borrowed ad nauseum, remember that for the majority of it'= s life, Wicks has been competing with electronics, and in those instances, Wicks was able to provide real pipes to a church at a competitive price ov= er an electronic, and that was what the church chose=2E   If you've heard a Wicks organ from the 60's, 70's, 80's, or from even=   more recently and weren't impressed with the tonal design, many of the people at Wicks agree with you=2E Many of the people at Wicks weren't eve= n alive when many of these instruments were built=2E To those who must sp= eak ill of Wicks organs, feel free, this is certainly they type of forum for expression, but if you must insist that the company has always built and i= s still building organs like a few examples you've heard, then it's time for= a little education=2E   Brent     ----- Original Message -----=20 Wrom: DULHPQQWOYIYZUNNYCGPKY To: <pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg> Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:48 PM Subject: Re: expense of pipe organs     Ron,   If you are referring to my statements about Wicks then you are worng=2E I= DO -->worng? know what I am talking about as my last two positions have been on Wicks organs=2E Both intruments are horribly voiced and NEVER I repeat NEVER ar= e in tune=2E I have yet to play a well-built/well-voiced instrument by this=   builder=2E   Andrew   "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www=2Epipechat=2Eorg List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat=2Eorg Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat=2Eorg       -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web=2Ecom/ =2E