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Expanding Aeolian Duo-Art Pipe Organ
By Bruce Newman

Hi All,  First of all I want to thank everyone who has been so
incredibly helpful in sharing information, thoughts and ideas with
me regarding this organ project.  The expertise out there is pretty
awesome.

Thanks to fellow MMDers, I've discovered that this organ, Opus 1409,
was built in 1917 for Mrs. William H. Bliss of Montecito, CA, at an
original cost of $16,000.  It originally had 17 ranks with harp and
chimes.

What I ended up with is the original console, the stop reversible
switching mechanism, another switching mechanism yet to be identified,
and about 50 rolls.  The blower, reservoir, and tremolo are all newer
components apparently manufactured by Organ Supply Co.  The pipes that
came with it are as in the list following.  (None are original and are
by various makers.)  If anyone knows where the original pipework is,
please let me know!

  Oboe (reed), 73 pipes
  Principal, 85 pipes
  Flauto Traverso, 73 pipes
  Stopped Flute, 97 pipes
  Oboe (reedless), 49 pipes
  Salicional, 73 pipes
  Aeoline, 85 pipes
  Harp, 49 notes
  Chimes, 21 notes

So, I now defer to the experts.  Knowing that I tend to like more
distinctive voices (theatre quality), what recommendations would you
give for additional ranks that would be in harmony with Duo-Art roll
specifications, yet give me as much musical versatility as possible?

The question was raised as to why someone would want to install a MIDI
player on an instrument that is already roll operated.  For me, the
answer is versatility.  If I'm going to invest this much time and money
in an instrument, then I want it to have the largest repertoire
possible including the option to record a performance and play it back
later.  The thought of making my own arrangements with unlimited
editing possibilities (throw away the X-acto knife and the Scotch tape)
is rather enticing, too.

Thanks again for all the great ideas, and Paul, I'll be looking forward
to your tape!

Regards,
Bruce Newman


(Message sent Mon 4 Jun 2001, 15:15:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Aeolian, Duo-Art, Expanding, Organ, Pipe

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