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I was reflecting on the different voices that I hear in 19th and 20th century German-English hybrid organs and, with an idea planted by Taylor, came up with different forest animals and people to represent them.
If anyone has any used pipe organs/parts, I might be interested. Thanks!
One thing that I noticed about the organ building industry is that a lot of terminology is somewhat inaccessible to the common person. I’m here to try and remedy that.
I spoke with the owner and founder of the organ builders that maintain our church organ. He and I had a good long talk about why I want an organ in my house and what I want to do with it. Here are some things we came up with:
- My voicing ideas are solid and would play many a baroque and classical piece very well.
- My pipe designs are rudimentary but accurate and should sound pretty nice if I can get them all voiced properly.
- My “coupling tracker” idea (of which I didn’t share details – only a rough outline since I’d like to patent it if it works) sounds interesting but only for very small instruments before the mechanical complexity gets out of hand.
- In all truth, I really don’t want to build a 17 rank, 33 stop organ myself.
The 33 stop, 17 rank organ I’ve been working on I’ve named the Schumacher Opus 1. I’ve come up with a stoplist for a smaller one-manual 7 stop, 4 rank organ that I’m going to designate the Schumacher Opus 2.
I got a chance to sit down and play (ha-ha) an organ other than the one at church. It sounded GREAT! Then I got to see what made it sound so great. Entire ROOMS and floors of the building filled with pipes, miles of pneumatic relay tubing, and 3 massive 65hp blowers. It helped me understand that the one at church is MUCH closer to what I’m going to be looking at for a residence organ. Corners are cut, definitions are bent, and distinctions are blurred.
I finally sat down to sketch out the designs for the three types of organ pipes I’ll be building on graph paper.
Diapasons have simple mouths – a 10 degree upper lip over a 15 degree lower lip. Flutes have ears – faceplates that stick out on either side of the mouth which ensures prompt speech with a 10 degree upper lip over a flat lower lip. Strings have beards – wooden dowels placed in front of the mouth that slows speech over a 10 degree upper lip over a 15 degree lower lip.
The languids are all different shapes – diapasons have angular windways while flutes have slightly rounded windways. Strings have fully rounded windways.