PipeChat Digest #5308 - Sunday, May 1, 2005
 
The Compton Cello photographs
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Washington DC trip
  by "Dr. Amy Fleming" <docamy@alltel.net>
Re: Washington DC trip
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Washington DC trip
  by "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net>
Re: Washington DC trip
  by "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net>
Washington DC trip
  by "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net>
Re: Washington DC trip
  by <Seedlac@aol.com>
eBay item curiosity?
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@earthlink.net>
Re: The Compton Cello photographs
  by "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk>
Re: eBay item curiosity?
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: The Compton Cello photographs
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: totally off topic, but please remember my mom
  by "Walter Greenwood" <walterg@nauticom.net>
Re: totally off topic, but please remember my mom
  by "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com>
 

(back) Subject: The Compton Cello photographs From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 04:10:23 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   My throw away comment about the Compton 'Cello register seemed to prompt a little interest.   For those who really must know everything in detail, there is an excellent URL with pretty pictures, as follows:-   http://www.zyworld.com/IvorBuckingham/Page6.htm   The thing that strikes me about the 'cello unit, is the quality of the engineering.....so typical of that brilliant period in British history.   I should have mentioned that the solo 'cello was amplified, and even incorporated a console control of the string tuning.....clever stuff.   What a pity it sounded so terrible, and soon fell out of favour. There are a very few examples of the register left here in the UK, but I don't anticipate pilgrimages!!   Regards,   Colin MItchell UK       __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Washington DC trip From: "Dr. Amy Fleming" <docamy@alltel.net> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 07:17:41 -0500   My family is planning a trip to Washington DC in June. We are planning on visiting the National Cathedral. I understand there is a special tour = where one of the organists shows the organ and plays a short piece. Do any of = you know one of the organists or are you here? Also found an interesting site = - Luray Caverns - which boasts a Stalacpipe Organ. Is this worth seeing? At least for the gee-whiz factor? Thanks for any advice tips. Amy Fleming       -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.308 / Virus Database: 266.11.0 - Release Date: 4/29/2005    
(back) Subject: Re: Washington DC trip From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 08:45:53 EDT   From the cathedral web site:   Organ Demonstrations On Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30=E2=80=931:00 pm, a Cathedral organist gives= a short=20 talk about the Cathedral=E2=80=99s 10,650-pipe organ followed by a mini-reci= tal. No=20 reservations are required, but please note that no organ demonstrations are=20 scheduled on holidays.   * * * =20   The so-called stalacpipe organ is sort of a joke and definitely not worth a=20 trip.=20    
(back) Subject: Washington DC trip From: "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 9:25:34 -0400   Amy,   I have not heard the Stalacpipe Organ, but my sister has, and she thought = it had a pretty interesting sound. I would contact Luray Caverns to make = sure it is in working order before you go in. The caverns themselves are = beautiful, and worth a trip. Also, across from the caverns is a beautiful = stone tower which houses a carillon. I am uncertain how many bells are in = it, but I can tell you it has a wonderful sound, and I believe there are 3 = programs each week on the instrument. There was always one around 2:00 PM = on Sundays. The carilloneur (at least the one who was there when I was an = organist in Luray 10-12 years ago) is a local organist, so he might steer = you in the direction of some pipe organs in the area. There is a 1917 (?) = Moller at the Baptist Church downtown, lovingly restored by the church = members!! It sets high in the balcony, with the bench right next to a = modesty curtain. The United Methodist Church has a decent pipe organ as = well, though I cannot recall who built   If you have time, you may want to take 340 North into Front Royal, VA and = proceed downtown to the Front Royal United Methodist Church, where there = resides an Estey pipe organ (huge sound-at least last time I heard it). = The Front Royal Presbyterian Church (just a few blocks away from the = FRUMC) has a fairly new Schantz with a great sound. It replaced a Moller. = I do not know if Schantz used any of the Moller pipe work. Just a few = years ago, the organist there was still Mrs. Beverly Clark, a former = neighbor and also accompanist of the Front Royal Oratorio Society when I = was a member back in the mid 1980s. Travel on to Strasburg, just about 15 = miles out of Front Royal (US 55 West or I-66 West to I-81 South). Each of = the large churches in the small town has a pipe organ: Strasburg United = Methodist (1947/1989 Moller, II-5) and St. Paul Lutheran (1987 Andover, = II-16?), both on Washington Street; Strasburg Presbyterian on Holliday = Street (1929 Moller/rebuilt & enlarged by Lewis & Hitchc   Last. . .if you happen to travel any more in the area, go to Winchester, = VA and see/hear the 3-manual Moller tracker in the Goodson Chapel at = Shenandoah University. There are other organs in the area, several = Mollers (Market St. UMC, Grace Lutheran, Christ Episcopal, Braddock St. = UMC); all are good instruments, well-maintained. The organ professors at = Shenandoah can lead you to other organs of interest in the area.   I got away from your original question quite a bit, but I hope this will = be helpful to you, at some point later if not this June. You will love = the National Cathedral organ, in my opinion. The room is such a huge part = of that organ's superb sound (as one of their choir members so eloquently = put things into perspective. . ."we spent umpteen million dollars for six = seconds of reverb!". The glorious sounds will fill you up to = overflowing!   Take care, and have a safe and delightful trip, David Kenney      
(back) Subject: Re: Washington DC trip From: "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 9:35:35 -0400   With apologies to Amy Fleming & other PipeChatters:   I somehow deleted part of the 1st and 2ns paragraphs of my previous post. = Hope this re-write clarifies things.   Take care, David Kenney   Amy, I have not heard the Stalacpipe Organ, but my sister has, and she thought = it had a pretty interesting sound. I would contact Luray Caverns to make = sure it is in working order before you go in. The caverns themselves are = beautiful, and worth a trip. Also, across from the caverns is a beautiful = stone tower which houses a carillon. I am uncertain how many bells are in = it, but I can tell you it has a wonderful sound, and I believe there are 3 = programs each week on the instrument. There was always one around 2:00 PM = on Sundays. The carilloneur (at least the one who was there when I was an = organist in Luray 10-12 years ago) is a local organist, so he might steer = you in the direction of some pipe organs in the area. There is a 1917 (?) = Moller at the Baptist Church downtown, lovingly restored by the church = members!! It sets high in the balcony, with the bench right next to a = modesty curtain. The United Methodist Church has a decent pipe organ as = well, though I cannot recall who built If you have time, you may want to take 340 North into Front Royal, VA and = proceed downtown to the Front Royal United Methodist Church, where there = resides an Estey pipe organ (huge sound-at least last time I heard it). = The Front Royal Presbyterian Church (just a few blocks away from the = FRUMC) has a fairly new Schantz with a great sound. It replaced a Moller. = I do not know if Schantz used any of the Moller pipe work. Just a few = years ago, the organist there was still Mrs. Beverly Clark, a former = neighbor and also accompanist of the Front Royal Oratorio Society when I = was a member back in the mid 1980s. Travel on to Strasburg, just about 15 = miles out of Front Royal (US 55 West or I-66 West to I-81 South). Each of = the large churches in the small town has a pipe organ: Strasburg United = Methodist (1947/1989 Moller, II-5) and St. Paul Lutheran (1987 Andover, = II-16?), both on Washington Street; Strasburg Presbyterian on Holliday = Street (1929 Moller/rebuilt & enlarged by Lewis & Hitchc Last. . .if you happen to travel any more in the area, go to Winchester, = VA and see/hear the 3-manual Moller tracker in the Goodson Chapel at = Shenandoah University. There are other organs in the area, several = Mollers (Market St. UMC, Grace Lutheran, Christ Episcopal, Braddock St. = UMC); all are good instruments, well-maintained. The organ professors at = Shenandoah can lead you to other organs of interest in the area. I got away from your original question quite a bit, but I hope this will = be helpful to you, at some point later if not this June. You will love = the National Cathedral organ, in my opinion. The room is such a huge part = of that organ's superb sound (as one of their choir members so eloquently = put things into perspective. . ."we spent umpteen million dollars for six = seconds of reverb!". The glorious sounds will fill you up to = overflowing! Take care, and have a safe and delightful trip, David Kenney      
(back) Subject: Washington DC trip From: "Millie & David Kenney" <kenn411@bellsouth.net> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 9:39:23 -0400   Folks -   Apologies to all of you. . .my e-mail system is not sending items out = correctly. I hope you at least get the gist of what I was saying. I was = hoping to enlighten Amy, et al., about the rural churches in the area that = still insist on the pipe organ, not a band or a CD hymnal.   Now I have to get ready to go play the II-8 Austin at my church, after = which I will contact BellSouth about this bumfuzzled e-mail mess.   take care,   David Kenney      
(back) Subject: Re: Washington DC trip From: <Seedlac@aol.com> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 09:41:27 EDT   The Stalactite organ at Luray is a bit amusing, the console is designed = for pure wow My understanding is that only a few stalactites have been tuned = and affixed with chime-type strikers to produce a tone. The cave itself is = neat, if you have never been in one. If Civil war is of any interest Luray is near important battle fields. Of course if you are in DC, Baltimore is near by, many firsts and interesting things to see and do here. Steve Baltimore  
(back) Subject: eBay item curiosity? From: "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 11:48:34 -0500   Hi all --   An interesting looking set of antique books here. (not cheap, but interesting anyway!) Can someone less Latin/liturgy-challenged than I = help with a suggestion of what they actually *are*?? ;-) :-)   http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3D29223&item=3D69578= 66447&rd=3D1   That should be a link to one book -- the other is listed seperately and = can be found with 'seller's other auctions' from there. Check 'em both out -- =   good photos of both books.   (item #'s 6957866447 & 6957885598, if the link gets chewed up)   Cheers all -- :-)   Tim      
(back) Subject: Re: The Compton Cello photographs From: "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 18:48:38 +0100   Interesting to see there is still some interest in the Compton Solo Cello. = I restored the one now on the Rufforth (ex-Astoria, Hull) Compton some years =   ago, although this was the originally on the Leeds Ritz if I remember correctly. The one originally on the Rufforth organ is now on the ex Leeds =   Ritz organ (don't ask how and why - it's too complicated).   The Cello has but single string which covers a range of 3 octaves and getting that to perform over the full range is not easy. But it was = possible to get a good tone over the bottom octave or two. Two push buttons sharp = and flat drove a little tuning motor and four stop tabs labelled 1, 2 , 3 & 4 acted as tone controls. The amplifier was built like the proverbial battleship and featured two enormous bright emitter power output valves = (in class A push-pull, tops for sound quality).   Bruce Miles   website - http://www.gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk/index.html   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 12:10 PM Subject: The Compton Cello photographs     > Hello, > > My throw away comment about the Compton 'Cello > register seemed to prompt a little interest. > > For those who really must know everything in detail, > there is an excellent URL with pretty pictures, as > follows:- > > http://www.zyworld.com/IvorBuckingham/Page6.htm > > The thing that strikes me about the 'cello unit, is > the quality of the engineering.....so typical of that > brilliant period in British history. > > I should have mentioned that the solo 'cello was > amplified, and even incorporated a console control of > the string tuning.....clever stuff. > > What a pity it sounded so terrible, and soon fell out > of favour. There are a very few examples of the > register left here in the UK, but I don't anticipate > pilgrimages!! > > Regards, > > Colin MItchell UK > > > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around > http://mail.yahoo.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: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> > List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> > List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> > > >    
(back) Subject: Re: eBay item curiosity? From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 13:53:53 -0400   Hi Tim, Although I have been noted for selling some organ books, please rest assured that I am not bidding against you on these. There is nothing about "notablemike" in my ebay nom de plume. (pardon my poor French). :-) notsonotable MIKE   Tim Bovard wrote:   > Hi all -- > > An interesting looking set of antique books here. (not cheap, but > interesting anyway!) Can someone less Latin/liturgy-challenged than I > help with a suggestion of what they actually *are*?? ;-) :-) > > = http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3D29223&item=3D69578= 66447&rd=3D1 > > > That should be a link to one book -- the other is listed seperately > and can be found with 'seller's other auctions' from there. Check 'em > both out -- good photos of both books. > > (item #'s 6957866447 & 6957885598, if the link gets chewed up) > > Cheers all -- :-) > > Tim > > > >    
(back) Subject: Re: The Compton Cello photographs From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 10:59:55 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   What was the fate of the Rufforth collection Bruce?   I went a couple of times many years ago, but have heard nothing about the collection since.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- Bruce Miles <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> wrote: > Interesting to see there is still some interest in > the Compton Solo Cello. I > restored the one now on the Rufforth (ex-Astoria, > Hull) Compton some years > ago, although this was the originally on the Leeds > Ritz if I remember > correctly.   __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Re: totally off topic, but please remember my mom From: "Walter Greenwood" <walterg@nauticom.net> Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 14:18:19 -0400   Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Steven.   -WG        
(back) Subject: Re: totally off topic, but please remember my mom From: "N. Russotto" <ravenrockdesigns@gmail.com> Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 18:27:43 -0400   "Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no= =20 evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me." Our prayers are with you and your family. NFRussotto -- 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/