PipeChat Digest #4679 - Saturday, August 7, 2004
Re: re-packing wooden stoppers
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
Re: re-packing wooden stoppers
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
  by "Scott" <montre1978@yahoo.com>
Beeswax and Tallow
  by "Jason M. Taylor" <Jason.M.Taylor@verizon.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net>
Organs and Organists online update
  by "John Foss" <harkat@kat.forthnet.gr>
Felix Hell.Concerts  NZ, AUS and SE-Asia
  by "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de>

(back) Subject: Re: re-packing wooden stoppers From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 21:31:19 -0500   Mutton tallow (with fat especially from around the lamb's kidneys) is = generally considered superior. I would not recommend mixing this with = beeswax, as this tends to make the stoppers too hard to move when = tuning. There is a fine balance between making them stay put and making = them impossible to move.   Some people say that you should be careful not to let the leather bunch = in the corners of the stopper, others say that this is the best way to = prevent leakage of wind (which causes voicing defects). I belong to the = latter camp, although you should be careful not to go to extremes and = risk splitting the pipe. Nor, of course, should you make the stopper so = tight that you split the pipe. =20   Furthermore, you should not be too paranoid about splitting the pipe. = If you do, just fix it. Probably at least one or two pipes in the rank = will split. Gauging how to minimize this comes with experience.   My advice also would be to cut the leather so that it comes up further = above the stopper than it needs to. Then take a razor blade and with = the stopper around 1/16" of an inch (or more with larger pipes) below = the top of the pipe, trim the surplus leather neatly. =20   I agree that gluing only the bottom of the stopper is a good idea. If = you leave the leather a 1/16" or so above the top of the stopper you = will not have any problems with the leather riding down when you move = the stopper. If you cut it off flush or below the top of the stopper = you will.   Gluing only the bottom allows you to shim the stopper if it is too = loose, by gluing a thickness of card or additional leather to the sides = of the stopper to make it tight.   John Speller     =20 ----- Original Message -----=20 From: RMaryman@aol.com=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 6:54 PM Subject: Re: re-packing wooden stoppers     In a message dated 8/6/2004 11:57:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time, = RonSeverin@aol.com writes: Check with someone in the business on the formula for a combination of bees wax and animal fat boiled together. It makes a packing = lubricant that keeps the leather supple and forms a seal without being too = tight. I use Mutton Tallow to lubricate the leather-packed stoppers when I = rebuild these stops. I t works well, and does not dry out.    
(back) Subject: Re: re-packing wooden stoppers From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 21:48:52 -0500   Gary Black asked:=20   >> List, What is the best way to re-pack wooden stoppers on wooden = pipes? I purchased some leather form OSI and am ready to start. =20   > What we've always done for larger pipes was to cut grooves around the = perimeter of the stopper and fit cork packing instead of using stopper = leather. =20 > Since cork is a wood material, it can be easily glued and is = compressible, thus affording a great seal.   This works well in the short term, and has been done by several major = builders, but I do not recommend it. In my experience the cork tends to = compress with age and after twenty or thirty years the stopper will get = rather loose. For larger stoppers it is a good idea to use a layer of = felt under the leather.   John Speller
(back) Subject: Indianapolis From: "Scott" <montre1978@yahoo.com> Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 21:53:04 -0500   I just got back playing a noon day recital at Christ Church Cathedral in = Indianapolis, IN. I inserted a program in this email.   If you are in the area, you must visit this church and see it's = three-manual Taylor and Boody and the four-manual Wolff organs. They = are wonderful organs and great examples of good organbuilding in two = different styles.   Hopefully I'll have these pieces up on my website soon so everyone can = hear this instrument.   Pr=E4ludium in e (gro=DFer) NIcolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)   =20   Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BuxWV 182 Dietrich Buxtehude = (1637-1707)   =20   Allein Gott in der Hoh Sei Her, BWV 663 Johann Sebastian Bach = (1685-1750)   =20   Paeludium et Fuga in D, BWV 532   Scott Montgomery 619 W Church St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.390.0158 www.scottmontgomerymusic.net  
(back) Subject: Beeswax and Tallow From: "Jason M. Taylor" <Jason.M.Taylor@verizon.net> Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 23:48:56 -0400   Hello List,   I can tell you from experience that beeswax does not belong in wooden = pipes as a lubricant. When combined with tallow, the beeswax, over = time, will harden up and create something as binding as liquid nails. = We had to use a hammer to get the tuning stoppers out.   The wax left an irregular hard surface on the inside of the pipes that = required three hours to remove.   Beeswax is a great lubricant for wood screws. If you want to lubricate = tuning stoppers, use pure talcum powder (not corn starch based or baby = talcum with oils in it).   Jay Taylor  
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net> Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 00:21:18 -0500   Hi Dale,   I've been hearing stirrings about the new A-G. The "Ad" in TAO is a bit = inticing. I wish there were an A-G dealership close by me, but alas ...   Tell me more.   Cheers,   Tim ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Keys4bach@aol.com=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 8:26 PM Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists     In a message dated 8/6/2004 5:20:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, = octaaf@charter.net writes:     There are builders who use recorded samples very well indeed. The = Epiphany Organ, and Phoenix come to mind. However, when it comes down = to it, there is a big difference to my ear.     go hear the new AG3200.....   big improvement and great sound.   less cost too than the big custom boys   dale in florida being glad he went to AGO
(back) Subject: Organs and Organists online update From: "John Foss" <harkat@kat.forthnet.gr> Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 10:33:15 +0300   We have added the three tracks as promised from the newly issued CD of the Marshall and Ogletree Digital Organ in Holy Trinity, Wall Street, which = made the journey from America to Greece in remarkably quick time - leaving MA Thursday, arriving Mount Olympus Monday morning. I have chosen Douglas Marshall's virtuoso performance of the Bach D major fugue, A hymn prelude "Festal Song" by Robert Hebble and the Third Movement of the Grande Piece Symphonique by Franck, as I feel they show off the range and sound of the instrument to best advantage.   We have also added the Bach Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 played = on the IV/87 E. M. Skinner/Reuter organ of St. John's Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA. by 18 year old Christopher Howerter, who joins our other = two young organists, Jarle Fagerheim and Gregory Ceurvorst. This performance = was recorded during Mr. Howerter's Graduation Recital in June 14, 2004. It is very encouraging to see young players of such ability and enthusiasm contributing performances. We have also added what looks like the complete organ works of Jarle Fagerheim to the manuscript section - I think Jarle will be 15 this month - so here are some short voluntaries for you to play at the end of the service. Thank you, Jarle.   I have booked my passage to Australia to visit friends and play some of = the magnificent organs down there later this month. I should be very pleased = to meet any Australian list members if you are in town - I am giving four recitals, 2 in Melbourne and 2 in Sydney.   Friday 27th August St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne 1.15   Franck Choral No 1 in E major Two Chorale Preludes from the "German Organ Mass" J S Bach Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam BWV 684 Wir Glauben all' an einen Gott BWV 680 Variations de Concert Joseph Bonnet 1884 - 1944   The organ is a four manual instrument built by T C Lewis in 1891 and restored by Messrs Harrison and Harrison in 1990. The specification and photos of the console and case can be found on http://www.organsandorganistsonline.com/   Wednesday 1st September Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne 8.30   A variety of music, including Mozart, Schumann, D'Aquin, Billy Mayerl, = Black and White Rag and so on - and some memories of my days at the Odeon Cinema Swiss Cottage, where I earned my first professional fee when I was 14. Six of the ranks from Swiss Cottage have found their way across the oceans to Melbourne , so it's a question of "Friends Re-united" The organ is a 3 manual 16 rank Compton with more stops than I can count - you can see the specification at http://wwwhome.vicnet.net.au/~organ/pages/ourorgs.html#Malvern and there are photographs of the hall and the console on IanMaciver's = site, http://theatreorgans.com/southerncross/index.htm   I'm then going on to Sydney where I am playing by kind invitation of Mark Quarmby:   Friday, September 3rd St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney 1.10   Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux (Veni Creator) NICOLAS DE GRIGNY 1671 - 1703     Three Chorale Preludes J S BACH 1685 - 1750 1) Komm, Gott, Schopfer, heiliger Geist (Veni Creator) BWV 667 2) Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam BWV 684 3) Wir glauben all' an einen Gott BWV 680   Two Chorale Preludes BRAHMS 1833 - 1897 1) Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen 2) Herzlich thut mich erfreuen   CHORAL No 2 in B minor CESAR FRANCK 1822 - 1890   The organ is a 4 manual tracker action instrument with a long history, originally built by Hill in 1866 and most recently rebuilt by Letourneau = in 1998. A complete history with photographs and specifications can be found = at http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mquarmby/SACHistframes.html   I am completing my visit with a recital at St James, Sydney, on September 8th at 1.15.   Choral No.3 in A minor Cesar Franck   Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541 J S Bach   L'Orgue Mystique 36 Pentecost X Charles Tournemire ii Quasi Lento iii Communion Incantation Pour Un Jour Saint Jean Langlais   The organ is a III/66 Hill Norman and Beard organ, which includes a = Fanfare Trumpet "en chamade". The full specification and photographs can be seen = at http://www.stjameschurchsydney.org.au/Music/organspec.asp   John Foss http://www.organsandorganistsonline.com/      
(back) Subject: Felix Hell.Concerts NZ, AUS and SE-Asia From: "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2004 11:03:39 +0200   Dear list members and friends,   is's still about 8 weeks to go, but you might wish to have Felix's recital update on his upcoming NZ, AUS and SE-Asia tour now. Here s the sschedule-   October 3, 8 pm, Christchurch Townhall, NZ   October 4, 7:30 pm. Sydney, AUS, St. Andrew's Cathedral   October 7, 8 pm. Singapore. Orchard Road Presbyterian Church   On his way back from Singapore to the US, Felix will stop over in Germany and will perform on/in:   October 10, 5 pm. Wiesbaden. Oranier-Gedaechtniskirche   October 11, 8 pm Keitum (on the famous North Sea Island "Sylt"). St Severinskirche.   St. Severin has a fairly new, and large, 3-manual tracker, built by M=FChleisen, Leonberg, Germany. Director of Music at St. Severinskirche is Prof. Matthias Eisenberg, former Leipzig Gewandhaus Organist until the late 80s. He then left his country (the former GDR)   After this tour Felix will be back in the US on October 13.   Before that, look for   Catonsville/MD, Sept. 19 and Grand Rapids/MI, Sept. 26.   Details on Felix's website: www.felix-hell.com   Hans-Friedrich Hell   Hans-Friedrich Hell