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Seeburg G Pipes
By Craig Brougher

Everybody has their favorite sound, as far as the American orchestrion
types are concerned.  Art Reblitz has shown what the original pipe
complements contained in a Seeburg G, were.

I love the G music too, and I think of all the "G" pipe combinations,
I like the two ranks of open flutes the best of all.  There was no
nodal hole, and they both played the same register, but they were so
different and colorful, and added such a depth to the music, that my
vote goes to them -- hands down.  I've never ever heard a better one!
(Two diameters of flute ranks, octaved to the piano).  It just blows
away all the rest of them.  (Of course, my opinion.)

I'm not all that impressed with American "violin" pipes, anyway.
They would have been well-advised to stay away from them altogether
-- unless they were to spend the time required to get them "realistic"
and voice them well.  Of course, American business conglomerates never
even imagined themselves doing such a dastardly thing in their night-
mares, so what they called "violin pipes" were basically kinda fuzzy,
whiny- sounding things with a "zing" tone to them.  (As best I can
describe).  Hey -- it is "original, isn't it?"

The Europeans were the perfectionists, not the Americans.  So when
they said "Violin pipes," they weren't kidding, and they impressed
a lot of Americans, including me.  And -- they still do.

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Mon 3 May 1999, 21:04:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  G, Pipes, Seeburg

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