PipeChat Digest #4017 - Thursday, September 25, 2003
 
Re: More happy topics.A=3D440
  by "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au>
Re: Tuning Tools
  by "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net>
Re: Its a hoot
  by "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net>
Happy tuning
  by "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net>
Re: Ashton under Lyne nr Manchester
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
RE: Tuning Tools
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
RE: Happy tuning
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
Re: Dedication of the Garland Organ, FUMC, Wichita Falls, Texas
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
IRC
  by <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: More happy topics.A=3D440
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: Tuning Tools
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: 64' full length pedal stops
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Theatre Organist
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net>
Re: Piporg-L; Organ recruits
  by "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Re: the best cinema style organist?
  by "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
speaking of PBS
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Tuning Tools
  by "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Re: More happy topics.A=3D440
  by "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Re: Happy tuning
  by <Pologaptommy@aol.com>
Re: Its a hoot
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
Symphony Hall Boston
  by "mack02445" <mack02445@mindspring.com>
Re: The best organist? (Straw POLL)
  by "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: More happy topics.A=3D440 From: "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au> Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 08:15:58 +0800   I have no idea when A=3D440 was actually accepted universally as the standard but I do know that the town where I lived in 1949 went A=3D440 with its pianos in that year. I can remember the problems faced by brass and woodwind players who had high pitch instruments, and who had great difficulty in tuning down to the new pitch.   This question of orchestras tuning higher than A=3D440 raises a question for me as an oboe player. What do they do to have their woodwind players raise pitch to A-442 or A=3D 445. I have a quite good oboe (RRP=3D$3000) but there is no way I can tune above A=3D440. If I shorten the reed to pitch higher the relationship between notes changes and I can't play in tune over the whole range. A clarinet would not be in much better situation though short tuning barrels are available for that instrument. Are orhcestras playing at a higher than A=3D440 pitch all that common. I have not known of any in this country. The oprgans in concert halls in this state are certainly nominally of A=3D440 at 70F. Bob Elms. ---- Original Message ---- From: RonSeverin@aol.com To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: More happy topics.A=3D440 Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 12:12:06 EDT   >Hi Nate: > >On A=3D440 IMHO a check with the Department of weights and measures >may give some idea when this particular pitch was adopted. I don't >think >there was a seminal day anyone can point to where everyone made the >decission to go with it. It was a gradual, but rapid adoption for >pianos, >orchestral instruments and eventually the organ. Even to day organs >tuned to work with orchestras at 444 or 442 ae in existence. Some >existing organs have been raised from 435 to the desired pitch such >as Boston Symphony Hall. Frank Hastings pitched one of his Cathedral >organs to 459 and later lowered it to 450. As far as Universal >Adoption, >you can say a majority have but not all. A=3D435 may be more >comfortable >for the average congregation to sing hymns, especially the male >voice, >but A=3D444 or 442 to accomodate string player wishing a more brilliant >sound. I think it's safe to say there is an "Official Adoption" but >it's >never been "Universal". > >Ron Severin >    
(back) Subject: Re: Tuning Tools From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:34:53 -0400   > What "NON tuning tools" have you nonetheless used to tune with in a > pinch? Offhand, I can recall using various screwdrivers, car keys (!), and > a hacksaw blade at odd times when nothing else was available for one reason > or other...!   Good evening chatters!   Sometimes when I don't have the tool bag handy there always seems to be this little 6" aluminium ruler available that works quite nicely for small mixtures and such. (C:   You know, your message is inspirational, what if we created a little mini-reed-knife that attached to the ole keychain. A folding one. Always prepared! (C:   = -Nate   "Tamer of the wild mixtures"      
(back) Subject: Re: Its a hoot From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:46:27 -0400   > Regarding the 32' Cornet that Nate recently encountered, didn't > Gress-Miles do that a lot? There is a Gress-Miles at St. Luke's > Episcopal Church (at least there used to be) which had that stop. It > had been designed by Leonard Raver, of blessed memory. Not a memorable > organ, though; perhaps one I'd rather forget.   Hi all!   I will double-check tomorrow but from what I heard the other day the pedal Cornet had a lot more going on than just a quint. I will try to = find out the component intervals for you.   = -Nate   "Tamer of the wild reeds"      
(back) Subject: Happy tuning From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:51:38 -0400   >One thing more: Have care with the clothes you use when you are tuning. Once >upon a time when I was beginner I ruined half a dozen small pipes when = they >got hooked on my trouser legs.   Before I first started I decided to go with velcro sneakers for two reasons.   1 - I stink at keeping ties tied anyways   2 - Because of reason 1 I never wanted to cause any sort of pipe = re-shaping. (C:   = -Nate   "The scared apprentice"      
(back) Subject: Re: Ashton under Lyne nr Manchester From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 19:55:42 -0500   The National Pipe Organ Register notes a rebuilt 4 manual Lewis in Albion U.R.C., an apparently original 3 manual Lewis in Holy Trinity Church, and = a 3 manual G. England/William Hill/Norman & Beard/Walker in the Parish = Church (St. Michael & All Angels.) St. Peter's is listed as having a Samuel Renn three manual rebuilt in 1959 by J. J. Binns. (This must be one of Binns's posthumous works, since I believe he died in 1929.) I would have thought any of these might be memorable.   John Speller     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Hugh Drogemuller" <hdrogemuller@sympatico.ca> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 4:46 PM Subject: Ashton under Lyne nr Manchester     > List, > I seem to remember that there is a very well regarded organ located in this > town. I don't remember any > detail as to builder or where it stands. > Can someone fill in the detail please.      
(back) Subject: RE: Tuning Tools From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:33:25 -0400       What "NON tuning tools" have you nonetheless used to tune with in a pinch? Offhand, I can recall using various screwdrivers, car keys (!), = and a hacksaw blade at odd times when nothing else was available for one = reason or other...!   Cheers,   Tim (Nichols and Simpson, Inc.)   How about a g (68) pipe from a 4' principal to sharpen a small 2' 15th? AjM      
(back) Subject: RE: Happy tuning From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:42:33 -0400   This thread brings to mind a peculiar problem I have that I think other tuners of pipes have likely encountered.   I usually wear a pair of comfortable jeans when tuning. Within about 6 months the right knee portion of the jeans wears out and a hole develops. I also have a bone like protrusion on the top of my right foot as the = result of many years sitting on that foot while tuning. It's large enough that I have difficulty finding shoes that will fit my also, very wide feet. = There's no pain involved so I have no other complaint. Are there other tuners that have a similar problem with one or both feet? AjM   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Bigaquarium Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 8:52 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Happy tuning   >One thing more: Have care with the clothes you use when you are tuning. Once >upon a time when I was beginner I ruined half a dozen small pipes when = they >got hooked on my trouser legs.   Before I first started I decided to go with velcro sneakers for two reasons.   1 - I stink at keeping ties tied anyways   2 - Because of reason 1 I never wanted to cause any sort of pipe = re-shaping. (C:     -Nate   "The scared apprentice"     "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: Dedication of the Garland Organ, FUMC, Wichita Falls, Texas From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:26:29 -0500   It seems that Sydney Town Hall is now one of TWO full-length 64 ft. reeds = in the world. For specification follow the link below.   John.     ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:09 AM Subject: Re: Dedication of the Garland Organ, FUMC, Wichita Falls, Texas     > At 10:19 PM -0500 09/24/03, Tim Bovard wrote: > >At 11:01 PM 9/24/2003 -0400, you wrote: > > > >>The Pedal division also contains one of the world's rarest stops, a > >>full-length, 64 foot, high pressure reed, (Ophicleide Heroique) > >>non- digital. ( BOY, does that put a bottom on it !!!!) > > > >HUH?!? > > > >WHAA...??? > > > >Details, please. . .?! > > The stoplist for the organ can be found on the FUMC web site at: > http://www.fumcwf.org/main.html - click on the "Garland Pipe Organ > (2003)" link under FUMC Highlights. There is also alink to the > install photos. > > David > "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: IRC From: <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 19:14:17 -0700   I'm on, for awhile ... suppers' on the stove (grin).   Bud      
(back) Subject: Re: More happy topics.A=3D440 From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 22:24:58 EDT   Bob:   Orchestra conductors such as Zuben Meta and many other insist on pitching A=3D444 to suit the strings proclivities for a more brilliant tone. Hey, It's not my idea, it's what they do with modern orchestras. Boston Symphony Hall organ is not used until it can be repitched to A=3D444. it's not my idea. It can be used without the orchestra as a solo instrument and that doesn't happen very often as far as I know. It just sits there. I personaly don't see a great advantage in pitching higher, so your $3,000 oboe is safe from me. :)   Would you agree with me that hymns were pitched a half step higher perhaps a hundred years ago, when organs were pitched below A-440? The raising unilaterally of the middle A is a modern fetish. I'm just as happy playing an organ with A=3D435. It really doesn't make any difference to me as long as the tuning is stable. Some pianos were built to be tuned to 435. Raising the pitch can cause all sorts of problems. The real question is: is A=3D440 Official or Universal. I say it's official not universal. There is a difference.   The pipes in the organ I play were made to play at A=3D435. The highest we could tune them was somewhere around 438 without causing speach problems with the pipes. Slotted strings are rather unforgiving, and Haskell bases do have their limits. Both can get rather cranky. We didn't want to revoice them or cut them off. We went as far as we dared to go. The pipes are old and are happy just the way they are.   Ron Severin    
(back) Subject: Re: Tuning Tools From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 22:38:20 EDT   Hi Tim:   I wonder how many of us get on a tuning job and realize our favorite tuning implement was inadvertantly misplaced at a previous day's job. One we won't return to for six months 50 miles away. :)   Ron    
(back) Subject: Re: 64' full length pedal stops From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 22:57:26 EDT   Hi John:   Make that three full length 64' reeds, as Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall has a 64' full length Dulzian Phonon or something like that.   Ron    
(back) Subject: Theatre Organist From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:59:35 -0500   I was surprised that no one has mentioned Jesse Crawford, "The Poet of the Organ." AFAIK, he was universally acknowledged to be the gold standard by which all others were judged.   Granted, his style is quite a bit different than the modern theatre stylists.   I have always been very impressed by Bill Vlasak, whom I have heard more than any other, and for "old timers," Lee Erwin, whom I heard accompany several classic silent films using manuscripts from decades earlier.   Dennis Steckley & A Six-Pack of Cats    
(back) Subject: Re: Piporg-L; Organ recruits From: "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:13:57 -0400   I remember that Mike!   I used to watch Sesame Street everyday as a kid and then Mr=2E Rogers=2E = I saw in the TAO that Alan Morrison did a memorial concert fo Mr=2E Rogers and w= as on his show a couple of times=2E I regeretfully never saw those episodes=2E=     Andrew   Original Message: ----------------- Wrom: AIJJPHSCRTNHGSWZIDREXCAXZOWCONEU Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 13:31:03 -0500 To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: Re: Piporg-L; Organ recruits     Of course, we must thank "The Count" of Sesame Street who counts the numbe= r=20 of the day every day by playing each note on his pipe organ starting from=20=   number one=2E As he goes up the keyboard, a "Face" comes on near the mouth= of=20 the pipe=2E Once he gets to the mysterious number of the day, balloons and= =20 favors brighten the room while all the pipes laugh with glee=2E GO the the=   PBS=20 kids website, click on "the count", then click on the "number of the day"=2E= =20 You'll see a cute set of pipes awaiting the revelation of the number of th= e=20 day=2E (It helps to have a two year old around the house to give you the i= ns=20 and out of today's television=2E) Start 'em out early by watching "The Cou= nt"=20 on Sesame Street=2E Okay, now for the intellects in the group: can you gue= ss=20 the voice that is played on the pipes"? It sounds to me like a principal o= f=20 some sort with the subocative coupled to it=2E Or could be a very bad reed= =2E   Mike Franch Madison, WI     >Fran Walker wrote:   >The point I wish to make is: another way (beside the Miss America contest,=20 >which is a Gr8t idea) to advance the organist profession would be a spiff= y=20 >movie involving pipe organs/organists, just as "Top Gun" inspired many=20=   >recruits for the Air Force=2E   _________________________________________________________________ Share your photos without swamping your Inbox=2E Get Hotmail Extra Storag= e=20 today! http://join=2Emsn=2Ecom/?PAGE=3Dfeatures/es   "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      
(back) Subject: Re: the best cinema style organist? From: "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:18:44 -0400   I have to vote for two who are friends of mine=2E One is Searle Wright=2E= =20 Obviously he is reknowned as a classical organist and composer as well but=   he is a great theater ogranist and is just as reknowned for that=2E The other is David Peckham=2E He is Classically trained at Eastman and has a church job as well but his theater ogran concerts have never ceased to captivate me=2E David is also a builder so some of you may know of him in=   that capacity=2E =20   Andrew Original Message: ----------------- Wrom: DDJBLVLMHAALPTCXLYRWTQTIPWIGY Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:09:59 +0100 (BST) To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: Re: the best cinema style organist?     Colin Mitchell wrote :I DO NOT WANT to know what the cinema organists think, but I DO WANT to know who the CLASSICAL organists think of as the best CINEMA style organist of all time=2E   For my money, Quentin Maclean must rank as one of the greatest - though my personal favourite is Gerald Shaw=2E But then I'm a Brit! Both could play theatre=20 and classical style superbly - to hear Gerald Shaw do a seamless transfer between the interval and the lead into the film was breath taking=2E And after much searching Bruce Miles has transcribed Sussex Downs by Billy Mayerl, my most sought after missing organ piece, which I first heard played by Gerald Shaw when I turned the pages for him during a live broadcast from the Odeon, Leicester Square at an impressionable age! But there are many great players - and some younger ones like Simon Gledhill to carry the torch=2E John Foss     =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D www=2Ejohnfoss=2Egr http://groups=2Eyahoo=2Ecom/group/orgofftop/ Topics of the week : Potage Tournemire Money - Profit and Pay   ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger http://mail=2Emessenger=2Eyahoo=2Eco=2Euk "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      
(back) Subject: speaking of PBS From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:22:35 EDT   Jeff Smith, (the Frugal Gourmet) who I think was convicted for child = abuse, has or had a lovely Van Den Heuvel house organ. Pictures and specs are on = the Van Den Heuvel site.    
(back) Subject: Re: Tuning Tools From: "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:25:03 -0400   I've been known to use pens or pencils when I don't have anything else=2E=20=   (of course using the NON-WRITING end lol)   Andrew   Original Message: ----------------- Wrom: NEUQZAAFXISHJEXXIMQZUIVOTQNQEMSFDUL Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:34:53 -0400 To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: Re: Tuning Tools     > What "NON tuning tools" have you nonetheless used to tune with in a > pinch? Offhand, I can recall using various screwdrivers, car keys (!), and > a hacksaw blade at odd times when nothing else was available for one reason > or other=2E=2E=2E!   Good evening chatters!   Sometimes when I don't have the tool bag handy there always seems to be=   this little 6" aluminium ruler available that works quite nicely for small=   mixtures and such=2E (C:   You know, your message is inspirational, what if we created a little mini-reed-knife that attached to the ole keychain=2E A folding one=2E Al= ways prepared! (C:   = =20 -Nate   "Tamer of the wild mixtures"     "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      
(back) Subject: Re: More happy topics.A=3D440 From: "ameagher@stny.rr.com" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:29:04 -0400   Ron,   I have a recording of Michael Murray playing French music on the Boston Symphony Hall organ=2E   Andrew   Original Message: ----------------- From: RonSeverin@aol=2Ecom Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 22:24:58 -0400 (EDT) To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: Re: More happy topics=2EA=3D440     Bob:   Orchestra conductors such as Zuben Meta and many other insist on pitching A=3D444 to suit the strings proclivities for a more=20 brilliant tone=2E Hey, It's not my idea, it's what they do with modern orchestras=2E Boston Symphony Hall organ is not used until it can be repitched to A=3D444=2E it's not my idea=2E It can be used without the orchestra as a solo instrument and that doesn't happen very often as far as I know=2E It just sits there=2E I personaly don't see a great advantage= =20 in pitching higher, so your $3,000 oboe is safe from me=2E :)=20   Would you agree with me that hymns were pitched a half step higher perhaps a hundred years ago, when organs were pitched below A-440? The raising unilaterally of the middle A is a modern fetish=2E I'm just as happy playing an organ with A=3D435=2E It really doesn't make any difference to me as long as the tuning is stable=2E Some pianos were built to be tuned to 435=2E Raising the pitch can cause all sorts of problems=2E The real question is: is A=3D440 Official or Universal=2E I= =20 say it's official not universal=2E There is a difference=2E=20   The pipes in the organ I play were made to play at A=3D435=2E The highest we could tune them was somewhere around 438 without causing speach problems with the pipes=2E Slotted strings are rather unforgiving, and Haskell bases do have their limits=2E Both can get rather cranky=2E We didn't want to revoice them or cut them off=2E We went as far as we dared to go=2E The pipes are old and are happy just the way they are=2E   Ron Severin     -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web=2Ecom/ =2E      
(back) Subject: Re: Happy tuning From: <Pologaptommy@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:53:11 EDT   My first time to tune, I put on cargo shorts WITHOUT thinking...when I got =   there to tune the shorts caught onto EVERTHING but pipes...I was lucky. = But I learned my lesson.   Last week I was on top of the swell chamber in a Cathedral in Dallas, = about 15-20 feet off the Gallery level. I was wearing lace up Dr. Marten boots = and as I was climbing back down, the lace caught a screw, and I was stuck for = a moment. Scared me, but I got out okay. I might have to rethink what = shoes I wear from now on!   Josh White    
(back) Subject: Re: Its a hoot From: "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:15:39 -0500   First Baptist in Peoria Illinois has a 1973 Moller. 4 manuals and has a grand cornet 32 in the pedal. I am not impressed. I have taken lessons on that organ and my instructor at the time, Rachel Mayhew, refered to that stop as. " The whistle on the Julia Bell!" lol A river steam boat, excursion type on the Illinois River a few years ago. lol what fun The 8' harmonic trumpet on the choir is good though. Gary ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:46 PM Subject: Re: Its a hoot     > > Regarding the 32' Cornet that Nate recently encountered, didn't > > Gress-Miles do that a lot? There is a Gress-Miles at St. Luke's > > Episcopal Church (at least there used to be) which had that stop. It > > had been designed by Leonard Raver, of blessed memory. Not a = memorable > > organ, though; perhaps one I'd rather forget. > > Hi all! > > I will double-check tomorrow but from what I heard the other day the > pedal Cornet had a lot more going on than just a quint. I will try to find > out the component intervals for you. > > > -Nate > > "Tamer of the wild reeds" > > > "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: Symphony Hall Boston From: "mack02445" <mack02445@mindspring.com> Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 00:18:04 -0400   I have read the post Ron and Andrew made about Symphony Hall Boston and the organ. Living in Boston I can say that the organ, until it became unpalatable, as Ozawa didn't like organs. The Boston Pops used it regularly and before Ozawa it was used with the orchestra quite a bit an early recording of the Saint Sa=EBns Organ Symphony was done there under Munch. The Pops also had Virgil there once and he did the Joungen with the orchestra. I had never heard there was a problem tuning to it. I too have the Murray cd of french organ music played there along with Biggies first French Organ Music LP, Reggie Foorts Cook recordings, one accompanying the Dubois Seven Last Words.   The organ has been removed from the hall now for restoration/rebuild by Foley-Baker of Cinnecticut. There was a thread on this a while ago including a posting from me with the article from the Boston Globe announcing the funding of the work I am sure you can find them in the archives of one list or the other. The lack of use wasn't tuning problems it was Ozawas dislike of organs. I wonder if the current work means Levine will be using it more often. I certainly hope so and not just because I am a former Aeolian-Skinner employee although I never worked on it. I like that organ it has a lot of good stops on it and some from the former Hutchings that preceded it.   Cheers, Mack      
(back) Subject: Re: The best organist? (Straw POLL) From: "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:45:35 -0700     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> "rules". > > I DO NOT WANT to know what the cinema organists think, > but I DO WANT to know who the CLASSICAL organists > think > of as the best CINEMA style organist of all time.   Sidney Torch is The Man. (And Robert Noehren admired him as well, so it's not just me).   Michael Fox