PipeChat Digest #4524 - Friday, May 28, 2004
 
Re: "studio privileges" ... important notes
  by "Mark Koontz" <markkoontz@yahoo.com>
Re: WAS: Music from Frog Music press Now Virtual Pipes
  by "Arie Vandenberg" <ArieV@ClassicOrgan.com>
RE: WAS: Now Virtual Pipes, lots of work.
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
Re: WAS: Music from Frog Music press Now Virtual Pipes
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net>
RE: **SPAM** Re: Hauptwerk Thoughts
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
St. Martin's Church, Prague
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Stephansdom, Wien, rear gallery organ
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Re:  St. Martin's Church, Prague
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
Where is Brent?
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: "studio privileges" ... important notes From: "Mark Koontz" <markkoontz@yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 07:02:08 -0700 (PDT)   >>>>> Chris wrote:   In the posting below, it is clearly stated that "[A church] will NEVER = agree to a contract that permits use of the church and instrument 'at the = organist's convenience.'" Well, I happen to have proof that it is not true. If = anyone wishes to see my contract, please email me privately! :) <<<<<   Hopefully the church will recognize a candidate who might decide that it = would be "convenient" to practice during the sermon, since s/he has to be there anyway and has nothing better to do. Usually, one expects such contracts = to protect the organist and the church equally well. Of course, one also = expects reasonable behavior by both parties, yet there are witnesses to the = contrary.   I schedule my practice times on the church's calendar. There are still occasional conflicts. Sometimes someone needs to pray in the sanctuary, because of a spiritual need. Such a case needs to be respected, and I = will either briefly defer, or warm up in a more meditative mode. Usually, = people are anxious to let me practice, since they do not want to suffer the consequences Sunday morning!   Mark Koontz    
(back) Subject: Re: WAS: Music from Frog Music press Now Virtual Pipes From: "Arie Vandenberg" <ArieV@ClassicOrgan.com> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 10:04:33 -0400   At 07:30 PM 2004-05-26 -0400, you wrote: >On 5/26/04 11:10 AM, "Arie Vandenberg" <ArieV@ClassicOrgan.com> wrote: > > > If anybody is familiar with the state of the organbuilding business, > they know > > it is not a pretty sight. Very few outfits are really profitable = these > days. > >Enjoy your obviously well-informed posts. But I am puzzled. Call me a >"groupie" for about 50 years. I've studied; I've played. But that means =   >little. (It was LONG ago.) > >But, what I see is half a dozen fine new companies (joining older ones) >building organs that get great reviews. There's the Fritts at PLU, the >new ones in Philadelphia and Madison public auditoriums. Even fixing an >old one in Atlantic City. Meyerson and Disney. Then the nice things by >Martin Pasi (Trinity, Lynnwood, Wash.) and Taylor & Boody (St. Thomas, >NYC)! And Schantz at St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC; a couple Manders in the >same neighborhood (but I guess theyre more than five years ago). But so >many more WITHIN five years past! > >I cant help feeling OPTIMISTIC. Should I really be less so? > >Alan (quite possibly unrealistic)     Alan,   From what I know of the business, some are doing well, many are not doing =   so well. I doubt very many organ building firms have the 5 year back-log that was not uncommon 3 or 4 years ago. Many are down to less than 2 = years back-log.   I think one should be optimistic by the fact that the quality of organ building overall has never been higher, and that a number of really nice instruments have been produced in the last few years. But also I think = the organ building trade rode the stock market bubble, and is now seeing the effect of it's collapse. The next couple of years will be very telling, believe me.   Traditionally, the organ building trade follows the economy by 18 months to 2 years. So if you believe that the economy is booming in the US, by all means BE OPTIMISTIC.   Just my thoughts............   Arie V.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Arie Vandenberg Classic Organbuilders ArieV@ClassicOrgan.com Tel.: 905-475-1263  
(back) Subject: RE: WAS: Now Virtual Pipes, lots of work. From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 11:53:16 -0400     Arie: Quite the opposite. I've observed that anyone I know in the business claims to be up to their "gills" in work. Are they making adequate profit? Who knows, but I have reason to think they are. I wish I had time to expand on this subject, but. I have to get back to work. AjM On 5/26/04 11:10 AM, "Arie Vandenberg" <ArieV@ClassicOrgan.com> wrote:   > If anybody is familiar with the state of the organbuilding business, = they know > it is not a pretty sight. Very few outfits are really profitable these days.        
(back) Subject: Re: WAS: Music from Frog Music press Now Virtual Pipes From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 14:20:40 -0400   On 5/27/04 12:41 AM, "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@earthlink.net> wrote:   > I think your optimism of the real pipe organ industry is > reasonably well founded these days, and believe that APOBA would likely = be > able to furnish data to help prove it....   Now THAT's what I like to hear! Thank you!   Alan    
(back) Subject: Alice Roosevelt Longworth From: "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 13:25:31 -0500   Yes, it was the same Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who as a girl was living in the White House while her father Teddy Roosevelt was President. Someone suggested that he control her a bit more, and he replied, "I can either run the country or control Alice, not both." That's a paraphrase, not an exact quote.   When she was in her nineties, she had a double mastectomy and later quipped, "I'm the only topless nonagenarian in Washington!"   Dennis Steckley   Ain't No Tagline Here!        
(back) Subject: RE: **SPAM** Re: Hauptwerk Thoughts From: "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 20:22:38 +0100   Hi Cole! The organ at St. Annes Moseley is by Brindley and Foster. The details are below, as found in the National Pipe Organ Register, which = is a great resource for information about organs in the United Kingdom.     West Midlands, Birmingham__Moseley St. Anne, Park Hill, B13 [N00645]=20 Grid ref: SP0883 =20 Survey date: 1987 Anglican Parish Church     Date Builder=09 1907 Brindley & Foster, Sheffield=09 see D02877=09 1984 Nicholson, Malvern=09 Replacement and modernisation.=09 Casework   Type: Pipe Rack=20     Console:   Swell to Great Swell to Pedal Swell Octave to Great Swell Suboctave to Great Swell Octave Swell Suboctave Swell Unison off Great to Pedal   Key action Stop action Compass low Compass high Notes Enclosed=09 Pedal EP EP C f1 30 N=09 Great EP EP C c4 61 N=09 Swell EP EP C c4 61 Y=09   Department Stop name Pitch =09 Pedal=09 1 Open Diapason 16 W. Brindley & Shultz=09 2 Echo Bass 16 W. Brindley=09 3 Sub Bass 16 W. Brindley=09 4 Principal 8 W & M Shultz & Nicholson=09 5 Bass Flute 8 W. Brindley=09 6 Fifteenth 4 M. Nicholson=09 7 Trombone 16 Prep.=09   Department Stop name Pitch =09 Great=09 8 Open Diapason Large 8 M. Brindley=09 9 Open Diapason Small 8 M. Lewis=09 10 Dulciana 8 M. Lewis=09 11 Lieblich Gedact 8 W. Lewis=09 12 Principal 4 M. Lewis=09 13 Clear Flute 4 M. Brindley=09 14 Fifteenth 2 M. Brindley=09 15 Mixture IV M. Nicholson=09 16 Trumpet 8 prep.=09 17 Clarion 4 prep.=09   Department Stop name Pitch =09 Swell=09 18 Lieblich Bourdon 16 W. Brindley=09 19 Geigen Principal 8 M. Brindley=09 20 Salicet 4 M. Brindley=09 21 Rohr Flute 8 W. Brindley=09 22 Flauto Magico 4 W. Brindley=09 23 Gamba 8 M. Brindley=09 24 Voix Celeste 8 M. Brindley=09 25 Piccolo 2 M. Brindley=09 26 Mixture III M. Nicholson=09 27 Clarinet 8 M. Brindley=09 28 Trumpet 8 M. Nicholson=09 29 Oboe 8 prep.=09 30 Contra Fagotto 16 M. Brindley & Nicholson=09   Blowing: Electric fan     Balanced Swell pedal 5 adjustable thumb pistons each to Swell and Great 5 adjustable toe pedals to Swell and Pedal Rev. Sw/Gt and Gt/Pd Rev. toe pedal Gt/Pd Great and Pedal pistons coupled   Hope you find this useful!   Will Light Coventry UK     -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of = Cole Sent: 27 May 2004 08:28 To: PipeChat Subject: **SPAM** Re: Hauptwerk Thoughts   Dear Listers, The "Hauptwerk" virtual organ project is the one to which I have been=20 committed for about a year and a half. You can read some of my history = with=20 the organ here: http://www.hauptwerk.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3D41.   I said, "committed" above. Just so that you know that I understand what=20 commitment is, I will recount the story of the chicken and the pig.   There was once a pig who asked a chicken, "What would you like to eat = for=20 breakfast?" The chicken answered quite glibly, "How about bacon and eggs?" The pig replied with a hint of trepidation in his voice, "That's fine = for=20 you to suggest, but it's going to take a REAL commitment on my part!"   I have made the commitment. If you read my windy orgo-autobiography at = the=20 above url, you will have read my plans. They were accomplished in the = week=20 following the US Thanksgiving Day in late November and early December of =   last year. I brought my prize, a three-manual and pedal MIDIfied organ=20 console, from southern California back to Ohio. My physical trauma from = a=20 3600 km drive was limited to edema of the lower extremities and more of = my=20 chronic lower back pain.   The financial scope of the console acquisition was truly a deal I = couldn't=20 refuse. At $1500 for a fully MIDIfied console, my stretching of = financial=20 burdens was something all my friends told me to go for. The console is = rock=20 solid, the contacts are great (Peterson), and the electronics are fine=20 (InterMIDI and Musicom). The trip to Cali (my first) was a lot of fun, = and=20 the drive through the desert southwest was beautiful.   I moved the console into the house from it's resting place in my garage = in=20 mid-April through the large picture window and got sounds from Hauptwerk =   using the console after a couple weeks (after going to ebay for a power=20 supply). I am, needless to say, enthralled with what I've accomplished. = The=20 standard, included organ files (gratis with or without the purchase of = the=20 licensed [$70 a year ago] version of Hauptwerk) are from the organ in = St.=20 Anne, Moseley, Birmingham, England. I'm not sure who the builder is. = (There=20 are two more free sample sets available now.) I am delighted each time I =   play the virtual St. Anne organ. It is not a pipe organ that I play, and = it=20 certainly isn't that Hammond RT-3 I had for 35 years. But, for me, it is =   next-best to a real pipe organ. I don't even need a good sound system, I =   use an inexpensive set of Koss headphones and listen directly from my=20 M-audio Audiophile USB sound device (instead of a PC sound card).   I am still working on the whole setup, but my wonderment mounts each = time I=20 play. The sheer variety of sounds and, for me, superb quality of voices=20 will entertain me until I go to my final rest. Hauptwerk is a solution = to=20 my craving for an instrument that would otherwise be unattainable. The=20 clicking tonewheel thingy certainly didn't palliate my longing for a = good=20 pipe organ-like sound in my home. It became unbearable. The Hauptwerk=20 program has allowed this organ "nut" to find some degree of contentment. =   Now I have to save my nickels and dimes to buy one of the Silbermann = sample=20 sets, or should I go for the Casavant, or maybe the Marcussen, or how = about=20 the Cavaill=E9-Coll, or the up-coming Skinner (no, we have a Skinner box = at=20 church), or that one from the Czech monastery, or the Schantz form = Jonathan=20 Orwig, or maybe I should just throw over the traces and get the Wurlitzer...?   Ross Coulson "Cole" Votaw -- Springfield, Ohio, USA   "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: St. Martin's Church, Prague From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 17:36:56 -0400   Dear All,   Having been in Prague and in St. Martin's Church, site of the small two-manual Mecklenburger organ, I have been interested but unable to find information about the church.   It would appear to be a very old Gothic-style building, tucked away in an out-of-the-way corner in Prague, at some point stripped of nearly all items that would make it appear to be a church -- by the Communists? - and now with only a very small, less-than-beautiful altar and a pulpit in the chancel and the organ in a low rear gallery. The building is = currently used by an Evangelische Gemeinde (Lutheran congregation) on a weekly = basis, as well as for organ concerts. Perhaps other concerts, too?   Can anyone comment about the place? As we Pa. Dutchmen say, it = wonders me so. :-)   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Stephansdom, Wien, rear gallery organ From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 17:39:59 -0400   Can anyone refer me to a stoplist et all of the organ in the rear gallery in Stephansdom in Vienna, which apparently was considered unfit = for further work and thus replaced by the wonderful organ in front?   Thanx.   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Re: St. Martin's Church, Prague From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 18:00:07 -0500   I have done a little searching on the internet. It seems that this = church, built into the old city wall and sometimes known as St. Martin's-in-the-Wall, was constructed in the twelfth century, and has associations with the Hussites of the fifteenth century who developed into the Moravian Church that has continued down to the present day. There are = a couple of websites which mention it. See, for example, http://www.wguides.com/city/243/162_170725.cfm and http://www.martinvezdi.cz/historieaj.htm I cannot find anything specific about the organ, but there is an organ = firm named Mechlenburger Orgelbau who have a website at http://www.mecklenburger-orgelbau.de/   John Speller   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> To: "pipechat" <pipechat@pipechat.org>; "piporg-l" <piporg-l@listserv.Albany.edu>; "organchat" <organchat@egroups.com> Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 4:36 PM Subject: St. Martin's Church, Prague     > Dear All, > > Having been in Prague and in St. Martin's Church, site of the small > two-manual Mecklenburger organ, I have been interested but unable to = find > information about the church. > > It would appear to be a very old Gothic-style building, tucked away = in > an out-of-the-way corner in Prague, at some point stripped of nearly all > items that would make it appear to be a church -- by the Communists? - > and now with only a very small, less-than-beautiful altar and a pulpit = in > the chancel and the organ in a low rear gallery. The building is currently > used by an Evangelische Gemeinde (Lutheran congregation) on a weekly basis, > as well as for organ concerts. Perhaps other concerts, too? > > Can anyone comment about the place? As we Pa. Dutchmen say, it wonders > me so. :-)      
(back) Subject: Where is Brent? From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 02:22:51 EDT   Many years ago, a Pipechatter named Brent introduced me to this List.   Brent (quibbamus), are you still out there?   Victoria