PipeChat Digest #5294 - Wednesday, April 27, 2005
 
How much would it cost?
  by "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com>
Wicks..was: How much would it cost?
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com>
Re: How much would it cost?
  by "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net>
Organ cost, quality, and bids
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
RE: How much would it cost?
  by "Michael David" <michaelandmaggy@comcast.net>
Making a Case for Wicks
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
OHS Symposium May 23-24
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
Blower Fire in Basement
  by <Devon3000@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: How much would it cost? From: "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:31:26 -0400   Hi there,   I won't comment directly on the question, but beware that companies that charge very little for their organs are not in the best position to back up their warranties on such instruments, instruments that are more likely to give grief in the beginning. Make sure you check out the insides of the organs of builders to make sure they do a neat job of installing that solid state stuff, it can be organ hell to straighten out problems with it later! I'd stay away from the pinball machine direct-electric stuff as well.   The builders with the most class would respond to your question with "Well, how much you got?" (C:   - Nate    
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 06:47:42 -0500   I have to bite Nick. Why wouldn't you entrust the organ building to = Wicks? Brent Johnson ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand http://www.organlive.com   N. Russotto wrote:   >Hi Shirley, >I'll step in before someone who knows what they're talking about does. >A 14r 3m organ? Thats some heavy unification going on here. . . Using >the [standard] figure of 15,000/rank plus10,000 for the console, we >find the price to be: $220,000, not including labour, etc. Builders: >Seb Gluck, who is a member here, does some phenomenal work. So does >Fratelli Ruffati of Italy, as well as Schantz. Wicks does good >consoles, but I wouldnt entrust the organ building to them. If you >want digital, Walker Ind. and a Wicks console is a phenomenal mix, >IMHO. Austin did great work too, but they are questionable as to their >status of the moment. I hope you make a good choice! And when you do >that, get Ken Cowan, Tom Murray, John Weaver, Frederick Hohman to come >play your dedicatory recital! > >Nick Russotto > > > > > >    
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 05:24:37 -0700 (PDT)   Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. = There is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew me = out of the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next month. = Right Larry? Scott Montgomery www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net   Brent Johnson <brentmj@charter.net> wrote: I have to bite Nick. Why wouldn't you entrust the organ building to Wicks? Brent Johnson ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand http://www.organlive.com   N. Russotto wrote:   >Hi Shirley, >I'll step in before someone who knows what they're talking about does. >A 14r 3m organ? Thats some heavy unification going on here. . . Using >the [standard] figure of 15,000/rank plus10,000 for the console, we >find the price to be: $220,000, not including labour, etc. Builders: >Seb Gluck, who is a member here, does some phenomenal work. So does >Fratelli Ruffati of Italy, as well as Schantz. Wicks does good >consoles, but I wouldnt entrust the organ building to them. If you >want digital, Walker Ind. and a Wicks console is a phenomenal mix, >IMHO. Austin did great work too, but they are questionable as to their >status of the moment. I hope you make a good choice! And when you do >that, get Ken Cowan, Tom Murray, John Weaver, Frederick Hohman to come >play your dedicatory recital! > >Nick Russotto > > > > > >     ****************************************************************** "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 List-Subscribe: List-Digest: List-Unsubscribe:    
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 08:31:27 -0400   I knew I shouldn't have said that. I just dont trust the quality of Wicks. I've heard some horror stories, and I really dont like the sound. PLEASE dont flame me for an opinion.   NFR   On 4/27/05, Scott A Montgomery <montre1978@yahoo.com> wrote: > Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. The= re > is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew me out o= f > the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next month. Right > Larry?=20 > =20 > Scott Montgomery=20 > www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net > =20 >=20 > Brent Johnson <brentmj@charter.net> wrote:=20 > I have to bite Nick. Why wouldn't you entrust the organ building to Wicks= ? > Brent Johnson > ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand > http://www.organlive.com >=20 > N. Russotto wrote: >=20 > >Hi Shirley,=20 > >I'll step in before someone who knows what they're talking about does. > >A 14r 3m organ? Thats some heavy unification going on here. . . Using > >the [standard] figure of 15,000/rank plus10,000 for the console, we > >find the price to be: $220,000, not including labour, etc. Builders: > >Seb Gluck, who is a member here, does some phenomenal work. So does > >Fratelli Ruffati of Italy, as well as Schantz. Wicks does good > >consoles, but I wouldnt entrust the organ building to them. If you > >want digital, Walker Ind. and a Wicks console is a phenomenal mix, > >IMHO. Austin did great work too, but they are questionable as to their > >status of the moment. I hope you make a good choice! And when you do > >that, get Ken Cowan, Tom Murray, John Weaver, Frederick Hohman to come > >play your dedicatory recital! > > > >Nick Russotto > > > >=20 > > > > > >=20 > > >=20 >=20 > ****************************************************************** > "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 > List-Subscribe:=20 > List-Digest:=20 > List-Unsubscribe:=20 >=20 > =20     --=20 Nicholas F. Russotto Somers, Connecticut Organist, Holy Cross PNCC Enfield, Connecticut Moderator/Owner: Monarch of Music=20 http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/monarch_of_music/  
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:35:20 -0500   Scott A Montgomery wrote:   > Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. > There is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew > me out of the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next > month. Right Larry? > > Scott Montgomery > www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net <http://www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net>     Sorry, Scott. That's not a Wicks. That's the dedication of the new Nichols & Simpson organ in Kalamazoo. There is a new Wicks in Kalamazoo, at the First Congregational Church, but it's being dedicated next month by Marilyn Mason.   The Nichols & Simpson is quite excellent, which gives one an idea of the caliber of instruments in Kalamazoo, so at least you're seeing the level Wicks is competing on. Brent Johnson ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand http://www.organlive.com    
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 05:40:43 -0700 (PDT)   We are all entitled to our own opinions. There are many organs, from many = builders, that I would never want to play again. It's just the particular = year, the style of the decade, or just the company that has failed. Some = make a come back, some don't. I have heard fantastic Austins from the 20s = and horrible one from the 80s. (Just to give an example.) It's all a = matter of personal taste (just as everything in life is). I just wanted = you to be aware of this recording in case you haven't heard a Wicks = recently. I love the 1930's Wicks at St Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, a good = Buzard in Champaign, but I also love a good Taylor and Boody and a Wolff. Scott Montgomery www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net   "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com> wrote: I knew I shouldn't have said that. I just dont trust the quality of Wicks. I've heard some horror stories, and I really dont like the sound. PLEASE dont flame me for an opinion.   NFR   On 4/27/05, Scott A Montgomery wrote: > Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. There > is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew me out = of > the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next month. Right > Larry? > > Scott Montgomery > www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net > > > Brent Johnson wrote: > I have to bite Nick. Why wouldn't you entrust the organ building to = Wicks? > Brent Johnson > ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand > http://www.organlive.com > > N. Russotto wrote: > > >Hi Shirley, > >I'll step in before someone who knows what they're talking about does. > >A 14r 3m organ? Thats some heavy unification going on here. . . Using > >the [standard] figure of 15,000/rank plus10,000 for the console, we > >find the price to be: $220,000, not including labour, etc. Builders: > >Seb Gluck, who is a member here, does some phenomenal work. So does > >Fratelli Ruffati of Italy, as well as Schantz. Wicks does good > >consoles, but I wouldnt entrust the organ building to them. If you > >want digital, Walker Ind. and a Wicks console is a phenomenal mix, > >IMHO. Austin did great work too, but they are questionable as to their > >status of the moment. I hope you make a good choice! And when you do > >that, get Ken Cowan, Tom Murray, John Weaver, Frederick Hohman to come > >play your dedicatory recital! > > > >Nick Russotto > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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 > List-Subscribe: > List-Digest: > List-Unsubscribe: > >     -- Nicholas F. Russotto Somers, Connecticut Organist, Holy Cross PNCC Enfield, Connecticut Moderator/Owner: Monarch of Music http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/monarch_of_music/   ****************************************************************** "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 List-Subscribe: List-Digest: List-Unsubscribe:       Scott Montgomery 619 W Church St Champaign, IL 61820 217-390-0158 www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net  
(back) Subject: Wicks..was: How much would it cost? From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:40:48 -0500   At 07:31 AM 4/27/05, you wrote: > knew I shouldn't have said that. I just dont trust the quality of >Wicks. I've heard some horror stories, and I really dont like the >sound. PLEASE dont flame me for an opinion.     Shame on you...it is this kind of rumor and innuendo mongering that caused =   Austin Organs so much grief and made it difficult for them to get new contracts. Wicks has a proven track record and stands firmly behind their product. My personal choice would be an electro-pneumatic action...that is nothing against Wicks..just my personal bias. I have seen Wicks perform well over the years and have been to their factory on two occasions. They are constantly striving to improve their product. Tonally they are on a parr with everyone else. Every builder has had some dogs....usually giving the customer what they thought they wanted. Personally I have heard some = great sounding Wicks organs.   Jon      
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Scott A Montgomery" <montre1978@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 05:42:08 -0700 (PDT)   LOL, are you serious? Someone told me that was the dedication of the = Wicks. I have heard a recording a friend made when he went up there to = play on it, and I was still impressed. My mistake!   Brent Johnson <brentmj@charter.net> wrote:Scott A Montgomery wrote:   > Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. > There is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew > me out of the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next > month. Right Larry? > > Scott Montgomery > www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net     Sorry, Scott. That's not a Wicks. That's the dedication of the new Nichols & Simpson organ in Kalamazoo. There is a new Wicks in Kalamazoo, at the First Congregational Church, but it's being dedicated next month by Marilyn Mason.   The Nichols & Simpson is quite excellent, which gives one an idea of the caliber of instruments in Kalamazoo, so at least you're seeing the level Wicks is competing on. Brent Johnson ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand http://www.organlive.com     ****************************************************************** "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 List-Subscribe: List-Digest: List-Unsubscribe:         Scott Montgomery 619 W Church St Champaign, IL 61820 217-390-0158 www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net  
(back) Subject: Re: How much would it cost? From: "Brent Johnson" <brentmj@charter.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:49:53 -0500   I do my best to honor opinions and not flame, so please don't take it as a personal attack. I do not mean it that way.. I just require a little more information to back up the resounding dismissal of an entire company's opus of work without specific reasoning, especially a company that has been around for nearly 100 years.   I guess I would have to echo Scott Montgomery's remark and simply say "Have you heard a WICKS lately?". I heard a brand new one yesterday alongside the committee that purchased it. It was my and their first hearing of the instrument, and I have to say I've never heard anything quite like it with the Wicks name on it.   I will not flame you for your opinion, you are quite entitled to it and I'm sure it is based valid experiences, but I do suggest that hearing some of Bill Hamner's tonal work and what's coming out of Highland, Illinois might alter your opinions a little. I know it has for me.   Brent Johnson ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand http://www.organlive.com   N. Russotto wrote:   >I knew I shouldn't have said that. I just dont trust the quality of >Wicks. I've heard some horror stories, and I really dont like the >sound. PLEASE dont flame me for an opinion. > >NFR > > > > >    
(back) Subject: Organ cost, quality, and bids From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 09:16:07 EDT   Ladies and Gentlemen:   All of these organ chat lists have been repeatedly and deliberately goaded by this variety of question. This is so destructive to both the = pipe organ and to liturgical music that it just adds to the feeding frenzy of cheap imitations. Frothing, rage-filled amateurs with no experience in building, = pricing, or commissioning pipe organs will launch into rants that usually follow = three different paths: (a) "A contractor knows how much it costs per square foot to pave a parking lot, so an organbuilder should know how much an organ is per stop. = That should be no more than seventeen dollars, which is what we paid my local = 'organ tech' to add a tenor C Dulciana to my Hillgreen-Lane." (b) "Why wait twenty-six years and pay eight million dollars for a two-stop pipe organ when you can have a Asthma-Gilhooey with six hundred = 'equivalent "ranks" ' for the price of a used refrigerator?" (c) "There are too many factors. The best thing to do is research. = After that, invite a handfull of respected organbuilders to look at the room, discuss your music program, and prepare designs, with prices, based upon = your needs. Then whittle the selection down to two or three, from which you make your final choice. Don't base your decision on price alone (on either end of = the spectrum). Once you have a design and builder chosen, the fundraising is = much easier, as you have definite plans to which your congregation is likely to = respond." Usually, choice "c" is shot down, because the others are far more = vocal and have unlimited reserves of energy when it comes to defending their position. However, those who have actually taken the journey prescribed in = option "c" often end up with a fine instrument -- as a result of actually putting = some thought and effort into the process, no matter how long it takes. Good organbuilders have worked with committees and consultants and = congregations that need to be educated, and are patient and more than willing to hold your hand = through the process. Remember the "cheap-quick-quality" non-equation, and you are more = likely to have good results.   Sebastian M. Gluck New York City http://www.glucknewyork.com/   ..  
(back) Subject: RE: How much would it cost? From: "Michael David" <michaelandmaggy@comcast.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 08:30:52 -0500   Indeed. The first question really should have been "How did you decide on = 3 manuals and 14 ranks?"   Michael       -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Nathan Smith Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 6:31 AM To: PipeChat Subject: How much would it cost?   Hi there,   I won't comment directly on the question, but beware that companies that charge very little for their organs are not in the best position to back up their warranties on such instruments, instruments that are more likely to give grief in the beginning. Make sure you check out the insides of the organs of builders to make sure they do a neat job of installing that solid state stuff, it can be organ hell to straighten out problems with it later! I'd stay away from the pinball machine direct-electric stuff as well.   The builders with the most class would respond to your question with "Well, how much you got?" (C:   - Nate    
(back) Subject: Making a Case for Wicks From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 10:47:06 -0400   Dear List and Nick,   I feel the need to "pipe" up about this. Nick, you say: "I don't trust the =   quality of Wicks." and "I really don't like the sound." I think that, in making such a blanket criticism of a company, it would be a good idea to = be sure you have some empirical evidence, realizing, of course, that reaction =   to a sound is a very personal thing. I am wondering if you have heard = their latest work. I have heard their three Connecticut (your state)Organs in concert, and was really impressed with each one of them, and was careful = to say so in reviews, because I know they are often reviled, possibly because =   of some instruments in their long past that did not please. In their past, =   however, there are some special instruments, worthy of our attention. Here =   are URLs that will connect you to information about their three = Connecticut instruments.   http://organ.wicks.com/display_page?o=3D2&p=3D200&s=3D6301 This is the = Ridgefield, CT Organ, quite close to me, and one I know quite well. I have even played =   it for a AGO Members' Recital a few years ago, and have heard several recitals there.   http://organ.wicks.com/display_page?o=3D2&p=3D200&s=3D6373 This instrument = is nearest to my home, and I have heard a number of recitals on it, and = judged one AGO competition there.   http://organ.wicks.com/display_page?o=3D2&p=3D200&s=3D6358 This instrument = is in Plainville, CT. I heard it several years ago, and found that this is a congregation that is "Organ crazy." That's a compliment. They turn out for =   recitals, and have had a long list of famous virtuosi there for recitals.   I can assist you with getting in to hear Ridgefield and Washington (CT), = but know no one at Plainville. I hope, in the interest of truth, you might do your due diligence, and hear these instruments for themselves. I will now sit and await my commission, and it will be a mighty long wait, of course. =   Eternity. Working for an Organbuilder myself, I want complete justice for = us but also for every other serious builder anywhere.   Thanks,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com   ----- Original Message ----- From: "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:31 AM Subject: Re: How much would it cost?     I knew I shouldn't have said that. I just dont trust the quality of Wicks. I've heard some horror stories, and I really dont like the sound. PLEASE dont flame me for an opinion.   NFR   On 4/27/05, Scott A Montgomery <montre1978@yahoo.com> wrote: > Have you heard a WICKS lately? Look up Ken Cowan on organlive.com. > There > is a dedication concert from the new organ in Michigan that blew me out = of > the water. I am excited to hear this instrument live next month. Right > Larry? > > Scott Montgomery > www.ScottMontgomeryMusic.net > > > Brent Johnson <brentmj@charter.net> wrote: > I have to bite Nick. Why wouldn't you entrust the organ building to = Wicks? > Brent Johnson > ORGANLive - Music of the organ on demand > http://www.organlive.com > > N. Russotto wrote: > > >Hi Shirley, > >I'll step in before someone who knows what they're talking about does. > >A 14r 3m organ? Thats some heavy unification going on here. . . Using > >the [standard] figure of 15,000/rank plus10,000 for the console, we > >find the price to be: $220,000, not including labour, etc. Builders: > >Seb Gluck, who is a member here, does some phenomenal work. So does > >Fratelli Ruffati of Italy, as well as Schantz. Wicks does good > >consoles, but I wouldnt entrust the organ building to them. If you > >want digital, Walker Ind. and a Wicks console is a phenomenal mix, > >IMHO. Austin did great work too, but they are questionable as to their > >status of the moment. I hope you make a good choice! And when you do > >that, get Ken Cowan, Tom Murray, John Weaver, Frederick Hohman to come > >play your dedicatory recital! > > > >Nick Russotto > > -- Nicholas F. Russotto Somers, Connecticut Organist, Holy Cross PNCC Enfield, Connecticut Moderator/Owner: Monarch of Music http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/monarch_of_music/        
(back) Subject: OHS Symposium May 23-24 From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 11:02:31 -0400   Next Wednesday, May 4, is the deadline for securing hotel reservations at a special rate for the OHS American Organ Archives Symposium to be conducted in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with major events beginning the evening of Wednesday, May 25, when Robert Clark will play the very fine Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at Christ Church, New Brunswick, at 7:30 p.m. Reserve at room at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick by telephoning the hotel directly a= t 732-873-1234. Be certain to identify yourself as attending the Organ Historical Society American Organ Archives Symposium so as to secure the $9= 9 rate and free parking. The special rate is not available via online or toll-free telephone reservations. After May 4, the room rate will likely increase to more than $200 if any rooms are available.   On Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, lecturers and discussants will address the theme of the Symposium, "Impressions of the Organ." Participant= s include Peter Williams, Mark Trautman, George Stauffer, Rufus Hallmark, Laurence Libin, Robin A. Leaver, Walter Kreyszig, Sarah Davies, Melissa Gingrich, Gregory Crowell, James L. Wallmann, Hans Davidsson, Patrick J. Murphy, Antonius Bittmann, Michael D. Friesen, Andrew McCrea, James H. Cook= , Louis Brouillette, Christopher Anderson, David S. Knight, Nancy Saultz Radloff, David Schulenberg, Thomas Spacht, George Bozeman, Any Raquel Carvalho, Dorot=E9a Kerr, Craig R. Whitney, Jonathan Ambrosino, John Pannin= g, David Pike, and Michael Quimby.   For those who would like to visit or conduct research in the OHS American Organ Archives, it will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. It will also be open on Saturday, May 28, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday, May 29 and May 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m.   Registration for all events may be made by downloading a registration form from http://www.organsociety.org/symposium2005 or by telephoning OHS at 804-353-9226 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by FAX to 804-353-9266 or by mail to OHS, Box 26811, Richmond VA 23261. The registration fee is $120 received or postmarked before May 1, and $135 thereafter.   Other concerts will be given on Thursday, May 26 at 4:30 by Shea Velloso an= d by Antonius Bittmann and Mark Trautman at 8 p.m. on the 1896 Geo. Jardine & Son organ, op. 1220, restored by Patrick J. Murphy Associates at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick. Concerts on Friday, May 27, will be played at 4:30 p.m. by Cleveland Kersh and at 8 p.m. by Hans Davidsson on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at Christ Church.   Bill   Re  
(back) Subject: Blower Fire in Basement From: <Devon3000@aol.com> Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 11:08:13 EDT   Hi all,   I couldn't help but remember what happened here in Sycamore, Illinois a = short while ago at St. John's Lutheran. The blower fire happened in the Sunday morning services, was put out, and then on Monday afternoon, the church = burned down as a result of that blower fire not being totally put out, with the = worst backdraft in history!   They had better be watching that church for the next few days very = carefully.   St. Johns, by the way, just contracted for a new Berghaus pipe organ for their new soon-to-be-built sanctuary.   Devon Hollingsworth, in DeKalb, Illinois