PipeChat Digest #5318 - Saturday, May 7, 2005
Re: Pipe organs in Baptist Churches
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Good News about Austin
  by "Higgins, Floyd (GSP)" <fhiggins@gspinc.com>
Re: Conn "pipes"cheap 650 on EBAY!!
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
August Carl Buckholz (o.b) - Berlin
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Organ in St. Severin, Paris
  by "Stan Yoder" <vze2myh5@verizon.net>
New Organ
  by "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net>
Casavant Actions
  by "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net>
New Virgil Fox 2-CD set "Command Performances"
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <wvanpelt@erols.com>
Re: Pipe organs in Baptist Churches
  by <AGODRDANB@aol.com>
Re: Conn "pipes" -- the inside story!
  by <AGODRDANB@aol.com>
Re: Organ in St. Severin, Paris
  by "Lin Yangchen" <yangchen@raffles.org>
Friday night
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Pipe organs in Baptist Churches From: <Steskinner@aol.com> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 06:56:45 EDT   In a message dated 5/5/2005 7:52:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time, = RMB10@aol.com writes: Sorry to ramble, but it's just a stereotype that we Baptists have Hammonds...but there are some of us who have pipe organs AND Hammonds!!! = :) I LOVE this thread!   My first position in Stockton CA was at a Conservative Baptist Church. We =   bought the organ from First Pres Modesto (2/15). First Baptist Stockton at the time had a Morton. First Baptist Long Beach has a 3/31 Moller. Immanuel Baptist in Long Beach (quaint neighborhood American Baptist) has = a 3/30 Aeolian Skinner. First Baptist Bakersfield has a 4/100+ Aeolian Skinner First Baptist Santa Ana had a 3/80+ Schlicker (enlarged hybrid, now) Second Baptist LA has a 3/30+ Moller (and a Hammond!) Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie MN has a 5/100+ Visser And on and on and on.   What makes this kinda fun is that the Baptist churches with pipe organs, while not being rare, are the exception. There are many smaller churches = who have lovingly maintained (or benignly neglected) pipe instruments that were installed when pipe was the only choice. I think those are the fun ones! = The Baptist Church in Selma, CA, Kingsburg (maybe) and a hundred other places = around the country. Black Baptist Churches (like Second Baptist LA) that have pipe organs are likewise fascinaing exceptions. Did they inherit the organs with the = building, or did their DMA organists buy it?   My favorite electronic organ is the Hammond, esp those concert models with =   the concave pedal board and 32' pedal stops (with Leslie, of course). = Throw on that vibrato in mid-modulation, and OH MY!!     Steven Skinner Minister of Music First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant (5/100+ Schantz) Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Good News about Austin From: "Higgins, Floyd (GSP)" <fhiggins@gspinc.com> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 08:18:19 -0400   Chatters:   Here are links to two stories in the Hartford Courant with good news about Austin.   http://www.courant.com/business/hce-austinorgans.artmay06,0,7430073.story   http://www.courant.com/business/hc-austin0506.artmay06,0,3693077.story?coll= =3D hc-headlines-business     I hope we can all help to spread the good news just as readily as we = spread the bad news. Spreading positive gossip is just as easy spreading the negative.   Floyd Higgins Hartford, CT  
(back) Subject: Re: Conn "pipes"cheap 650 on EBAY!! From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 09:54:35 -0700   For someone who likes to tinker! Only a day left....   http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3D16219&item=3D73190= 22358&rd=3D1  
(back) Subject: August Carl Buckholz (o.b) - Berlin From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 08:03:08 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   In digging around various East European organ sites on the net, I came across a very significant organ-builder of the 19th century. One of his most celebrated instruments is now restored in Romania, of which more details in due course.   However, I've managed to more or less translate a fascinating short article about August Carl Buckholz of Berlin, who seems to be the father of the German romantic organ, and of whom I have previously never heard except in passing, or as a sort of afterthought.   Here is the translation, which I hope is at least 95% accurate, but which may be refined in due course:-   THE ORGAN BUILDER AUGUST CARL BUCKHOLZ (Article originally by Steffen Schlandt)   August Carl Buckholz lived for almost a century (1788-1885), and during that time, there were three generations of the Buckholz family in Berlin. The father of August Carl, was Johann Simon Bucholz, who followed the late baroque tradition of Adam Reitz, Johann Wilhelm Gruneberg and Ernst Marx. His son, August Carl Buckholz, really started the move towards the early romantic organ sound. Under the auspices of August Carl, the Bucholz firm would flourish. He built more than a hundred organs, from the smallest instruments to the large four manual instruments with 32ft registers as at Saint Nicolas, Berlin and at Kronstadt. Both these latter instruments properly belong in the tradition of Joachim Wagner.   Joachim Wagner created the typical model for German organ-building for the next 100 years; and in particular, the organ of the Marien's Church, Berlin (1721) which August Carl Buckholz eventually restored.   The third and last organ-building memebr of the family was Carl Friedrich BUCHOLZ, but he lacked the creative genius of his father August Carl, and in any event, only survived his father by six months. Carl Friederich Buckholz went to Paris as an apprentice to Aristide Cavaille-Coll, and returned to Germany with many elements of the French Romantic sound as well as many mechanical innovations, such as the Barker-lever action type and wedge bellows (?). On the death of Carl Friederich, the Buckholz company closed, having supplied a large number of instruments throughout Western Pomerania, Silesia, the Berlin area and Kronstadt. They had all been instruments of outstanding tonal and engineering quality.   Sadly, only fragments of the early-romantic Buckholz organs have survived in Germany. Whetever survived subsequent alterations and re-building, largely perished during the 2nd World War One organ is in private ownership, whilst in Western Pomerani, there are a few surviving instruments, which with careful restoration, once more yield the Buckholz tonal character. This is especially true in Barth and Stralsund, where restoration projects have once more aroused interest in the work of the Buckholz company.   Co-operating with the architect Karl Friderich Schinkel, and the organists August Wilhelm Bach and Carl August Haupt, there emerged a happy symbiosis. August W.Bach was one of the organ tutors to the young Felic Mendelssohn.   The distinctive sound heard in the organs of August Carl Buckholz derive from the larger manual and pedal pipe-scales employed; giving a more rounded but stronger pipe intonation. Also, in early form, was the use of Swell boxes, which were virtually unknown in Germany at the time. Many of the ideas of the Buckholz firm were taken to Transylvania by the students (apprentices?) of the company, Carl Schneider and Heinrich Meywald. A contemporary report from Carl August Haupt, suggests that August Carl Buckholz never expected more from a pipe than what it could give naturally. Thus, the whole ensemble of the choruswork is noble, dignified and silvery, and devoid of the excesses of later romantic instruments   He can also count as the inventor of the so-called "wedge loop" (?) ("wedge bellows?") used only the Buckholz firm.   Interestingly, the upperwork found in the larger instruments of August Carl Buckholz, follow the character of the instruments known to him in Berlin, built by Joachim Wagner; long after the destructive "simplifications" suggested by Abbe Vogler. Also, it is interesting that in restoring the large Stellwagen organ of the Stralsunder Marien's Church, he very carefully preserved the character of the original instrument and made only small tonal changes to the historic pipework.   As an acknowledgment of his achievements the Berlin academy of the arts awarded him the honour of joining their ranks in 1851. A modest man, August Carl Buckholz didn't sign his work (?) inside the organs, and didn't complain when other organ-builders "borrowed" his ideas (?). Of his legacy, there can be no doubt, for August Carl Buckholz was an organ-builder of outstanding instruments, where the smallest details were perfect and the tonal qualities remarkable; now sadly extant in only a few remaining instruments.   Steffen Schlandt   The (?) refer to some obscurity in the translation as to the oriinal meaning of the German text.   However, it is quite fascinating to think that the early German romantic organ came from this source, and as time unfolds, I will probably be able to fill in the details better.   I TOLD YOU ALL THAT EASTERN EUROPEAN ORGAN CULTURE IS INTERESTING!   Regards,   Colin MItchell UK   ps: Translation gaff - Abbe Vogler came out as "Abbe Bird-catcher"     Yahoo! Mail Stay connected, organized, and protected. Take the tour: http://tour.mail.yahoo.com/mailtour.html    
(back) Subject: Organ in St. Severin, Paris From: "Stan Yoder" <vze2myh5@verizon.net> Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 20:39:13 -0400   I recently received a gift book "Unknown Paris," being photographs of = Vieux Paris taken by Eugene Atget in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Included are quite a number = of St. Severin and its neighborhood.   Does anyone know about the organ there? The case is quite imposing.   Atget took 5000 pictures over some 25 years. He was to Paris what Berenice = Abbott was to New York City.   A fascinating book.   Stan Yoder Pittsburgh  
(back) Subject: New Organ From: "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 20:53:59 -0400   Dear List,   Today, I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak of the new Lively-Fulcher organ here at Christ Church in New Haven - it is absolutely beautiful! The organ is a three manual with 59 stops, 63 ranks, and 3752 pipes. If anyone has the opportunity to get to New Haven for the dedication, which I believe will be in September, you're in for a real treat.   A full stop list and other blurbs about the organ can be found at the Church web site:   www.christchurchnh.org   There you have it.   - Nate    
(back) Subject: Casavant Actions From: "Nathan Smith" <erzahler@sbcglobal.net> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 22:08:36 -0400   Dear List,   I just received my box of Casavant actions that I won on Ebay. I became fascinated with the Casavant primary modules when I started taking care of an original 1924 Casavant on ventil chests with these little units. Now that I have some of my own, I cracked a few open for a peek. Though the perishables on these units are almost completely rotted off, it seems to me that the pouch material used for the primary valve is that very thin intestinal membrane material... Does that sound right? The actions are quite clever, though I have to wonder if it wasn't more trouble than it was worth to build an organ with 61+ removable primary units on each chest, with their own gasketing and screws (6 each!). Of course these guys haven't been made in many many years, nevertheless, I plan on using them for my home practice organ key actions to give them a new chance at life.   Best,   Nathan    
(back) Subject: New Virgil Fox 2-CD set "Command Performances" From: "William T. Van Pelt" <wvanpelt@erols.com> Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 22:41:54 -0400   The newest CD release in the Legacy Series of Virgil Fox recordings is expected to be delivered in June and orders for it are being taken now at http://www.ohscatalog.org   "Command Performances" is a 2-CD set that compiles recordings made by the audiophile Command Classics label in 1963 and 1965 and which appeared originally on four LP phonograph records. They are recorded on three landmark Aeolian-Skinner Organs: Symphony Hall, Boston; Riverside Church, New York, and Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York. (Of course, the Lincoln Center organ is now the core of the Crystal Cathedral organ.)   Fox plays eight works by Bach (six are major works), Dieu parmi nous by Messiaen, Grande Pi=E8ce Symphonique and Final in B-flat by Franck, the Gigout Toccata, the Mozart K. 608, Mendelssohn Sonata No. 1 in f; and Reger's Fantasie on "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star."   We just learned of this upcoming release this week, and OHS was authorized today to begin accepting orders for it.  
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe organs in Baptist Churches From: <AGODRDANB@aol.com> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 22:48:00 EDT   Hello List! Perhaps the stereotype of the Baptist churches haveing Hammonds = is undeserved, however I recall, many many years ago when I was = very excited about playing for a wedding at a Babtist that had an =   historic Hillgreen-Lane pipe organ. However when i got to the = church all ready to explore this wonderful instrument, I was told = that it was "out of service" however the faithful ole' Hammond was =   ready and waiting. I reluctantly played the wedding on the Hammond, and was = greatful that it was there. The Hillgreen Lane's pipe work had been installed over the Baptistry, and it seems that for a week or two after a = Baptism (Full emersion) the humidity affected the action and the instrument ciphered horribly! A week or so ago we had a delightful 'thread' going about = certain denominations preferring certain builders. Perhaps the afinity of so many Baptist congregations for the Hammond is it's resistance to malfunctions relative to humidity! Regards to All Dr. Dan  
(back) Subject: Re: Conn "pipes" -- the inside story! From: <AGODRDANB@aol.com> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 23:00:21 EDT   Howdy List! The conn Pipe speakers, I think do add some prescence to the sound, especially on older analog type electronics that, lets = face it didn't have a whole lot going for them. I think the principal of operation was that haveing the'pipes' suposedly tuned was to add the effect of 'sympathetic vibration' = that occurrs in any pipe organ. I bought an old Conn 825-3 some years ago, and rebuilt it's insides, as a gift, for a local church. The unit came with two = of the pipe speakers as well as two refridgerator sized tone cabnets. The two 'pipe speakers' were sort of dwarfed by the scale of = the sanctuary. A member of the congregation was a very accomplished = wood-woorker and together we assembled about 8 additional pipe speakers using very inexpensive ridgid conduate and 3/4 & 1/2 inch copper pipe, (Which polished and took a urathane finish nicely) we designed the bases to accomodate 10 an 12 inch speakers so =   they would produce a satisfactory bottom end. In the end it wasn't a pipe organ, but it sounded ok and = looked great, and was real cheap! Regards to all Dr.Dan  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ in St. Severin, Paris From: "Lin Yangchen" <yangchen@raffles.org> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 21:35:38 -0700 (PDT)   Hello Stan and folks,   I visited the organ of St. Severin in winter last year. The assistant = organist demonstrated the instrument. According to him, it had been = conceived by Michel Chapuis, former Titulaire, in the French baroque = style, and built by Kern in 1963. The case is from 1745 and is = magnificent, to be sure. You can find some photos of the console, facade = and interior, along with a few comments, on my web page at = http://sps.nus.edu.sg/~linyangc/severin.html. Unfortunately I did not play = it.   Yangchen Lin Singapore http://sps.nus.edu.sg/~linyangc/   --- Stan Yoder <vze2myh5@verizon.net> wrote:   From: Stan Yoder <vze2myh5@verizon.net> Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 20:39:13 -0400 To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Organ in St. Severin, Paris   I recently received a gift book "Unknown Paris," being photographs of = Vieux Paris taken by Eugene Atget in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Included are quite a number = of St. Severin and its neighborhood.   Does anyone know about the organ there? The case is quite imposing.   Atget took 5000 pictures over some 25 years. He was to Paris what Berenice = Abbott was to New York City.   A fascinating book.   Stan Yoder Pittsburgh   ****************************************************************** "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: Friday night From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 00:00:34 -0500   Sorry I missed some of you on Pipechat tonight. I didn't get home until after 11:00 from hearing Carlo Curley. I have just finished typing the itinerary for Atlanta this weekend. I have not even packed or pressed my Sunday dress, and I'm leaving in the morning. Will get to hear Alan Morrison at Spivey Hall Sunday afternoon.   Dick, I will try to find Carrollton on Monday morning - my atlas is a little old, but surely the town has not moved from its location! I have several Georgia and Atlanta maps in the car, and the trusty cell phone. Maybe I can find a native if I get lost, unless Atlanta is like Little Rock. Thanks for the arrangements and contacts.   Later, youse peoples.   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com