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    Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

    The disaster in New Orleans is probably the greatest disaster in the history of this country. The death toll will be in the thousands. The impact will be felt in every corner.

    I don't think it's appropriate to joke about it at this time.


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    Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

    Bad things happen all the time. While it is indeed sad that this happned, life does go on. Humor is part of life. This taboo about things was just the same with 9/11, all the NASA disasters It is bad, but life does go on. Earthquakes, fire, and, yes, huricanes happen. It is sad, but it is life. To label this as taboo, is not good human thinking. I have freinds whom I may never see again, but life goes on.

    A major tornado wiped out my town and my ala mater. People died. We do, however, joke about the distruction of a particualry bad organ during facutly meetings. Bad stuff happens. Making things like this taboo to joke about goes along the same line of thinking that say that becuase your brother is fat, all fat jokes are off limits to anyone you know. Lame thinking.

    Friend: "Oh, and how about that town that was covered in molasses in 1845,"

    YOu:"My Grandfather died in that accident."


    Freind "Are you still smoking on those cancer sticks?"

    YOU: "That's not funny, my brother died of cancer.."

    ETC.


    This "oversesativisation" is being blamed for the very reason no one is reporting this huricane as affecting the poor and, yes, black. Reporters are afraid to talk about things 'out of the box' (GAWD I just said that) becuase people are oversensative to it.. blah balh blah.


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      Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

      Well, someone didn't read or understand my post. I said "I think". As far as I am able to express in this language, that means ME. It doesnt mean anyone else. I believe I have the right to express my pleasure or displeasure regarding something or event.

      Second I said "at this time". Maybe a year from now there will be humor in the flood but not right now.

      It's interesting to compare news as reported in the US compared to the same news reported in Japan. The American perspective is emotion and human interest, whereas Japanese news goes into factual detail. The difference is quite apparent. We get NHK here. Maybe Americans are stupid, or at least the news media think so.

      On a different subject, I got a new Diapason installed and tuned. I put reverb on the pipe, too. Damn it sounds nice. I got Allen, Synthesizers and Pipe going in tune. Even the Allen sounds nice. I gotta record this thing before I screw it up. I'm putting some Wurlitzer ranks in another chamber - a storage nook that I can fit some shades in front of. How does that sound - one chamber 6 ranks classic and the other 6 ranks of nasty theatre. Maybe I can set the Allen console up against the Wurlitzer console. Say, maybe we have a Guinness winner here. When I'm farther along maybe my spiritual adviser can summon GW or JC to assist in voicing and play some tunes. I'll keep y'all posted on this.

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        Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

        al:

        you put reverb on your pipes? How did you go about doing this?
        Does allen mic the pipes and feed it back thru the allen speakers?

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          Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

          My system uses a 16 channel Samson mixer feeding 4 output channels through a Niche 8 channel gain control then through 2 Alesis midiverb's. This gives me swell control as well as reverb on all 4 channels. The Allen goes into 3 mixer inputs (Flute, Main, Pedal), synthesizers into 11 inputs, a mike in the chamber on 1 channel. So this all gets reverb. both Allen, Synth and Pipe. I can adjust the level and frequency response for each input. For the mike, I lower both the highs to smooth out the tone and cut off the low to reduce blower and trem noise. It adds a lot to the overall sound. For pipe alone just a mike, midiverb, and amplifier.










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            Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

            Your setup sounds very interesting, being a mix of components and all. I bet it sounds pretty darn good. I'm curious, what is your speaker placement? I assume that you would want stereo for the Synths and the Allen, but the pipes being monophonic, do you only have it routed through one speaker channel or both? I'm just asking because later on I think I am going to experiment with different audio configurations on my Wurlitzer, and it's nice to know some tricks of the trade.
            ~1936 Hammond AV - Leslie 122 & PR40~ ~1954 Wurlitzer ElectroStatic 4602 - Leslie 125~

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              Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

              I heard that the organ at Christ Church Cathedral faired very well as did the Cathedral itself since they are in The Garden District. St. Louis Cathedral does not have an Allen, rather a new fairly large Holtkamp organ was dedicated by Olivier Latry about a year or so ago.

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                Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

                Here is a real loss
                http://www.demajo.net/organ/katrina/index.htm

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                  Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

                  Words can not describe this.
                  ~1936 Hammond AV - Leslie 122 & PR40~ ~1954 Wurlitzer ElectroStatic 4602 - Leslie 125~

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                    Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

                    oh my.....that is well as grinder says..words can't describe.



                    I imagine the wood pipes are beyond salvage, I wonder if the metal pipes can be cleaned? I realize everything else is a total loss though.... I wonder if it was insured.



                    where my house is located it won't ever flood.... (well unless Noah makes a comeback), fire, or a tornado is a possibility.... the day we got the organ wired up for the first time a severe thunderstorm hit and tornado warning was issued... I refused to leave the bench though as well you can imagine the emotional event it was to be playing the pipe organ for the first time.

                    my heart goes out to the owner of this destroyed Wurlitzer in New Orleans as I know the joy it had to bring to its owner, and to imagine its loss is heartbreaking.

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                      Re: Organs lost in New Orleans

                      First off, I'm not a theatre organist, and I prefer classical organ music, but even I think that that is just horrible! I mean, I may prefer the classical pipe organ, but seeing any organ like that is just terrible!

                      "...MAY THEY SPEND ALL ETERNITY IN HELL LISTENING TO KEN GRIFFIN PLAY THE 'BEER BARREL POLKA' ON A HAMMOND B-3."

                      hahahaha

                      I imagine the wood pipes are beyond salvage, I wonder if the metal pipes can be cleaned?

                      Based on the pictures, I doubt it. Most of them looked dented and look badly out of shape. In the picture of the Solo division, there's a rank of metal pipes that's still standing up. Maybe those could be recovered?

                      I wonder if it was insured.

                      I hope so!

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