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Thread: Zen and the art of organ building

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    Very interesting!
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    Indeed ... very good illustrations of what it takes to build a pipe organ. Gives one lots more appreciation for it when they sit at the console and play.
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    If I wasn't a) over 40 and b) a total clutz when it comes to things woodwork related ... I'd love to have a career change and become and organ builder's floor cleaner.

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    I quite agree, CT ... I have lots of respect for these builders. Even with some modern methods of building that some use these days, the art remains the same and must be a labor of love and appreciation for the final product.

    I also would love to work for an organ builder ... but my extreme fear of heights, portly size, and being 6'4" tall, would hamper this from happening. I would be quite happy just being the key holder when those magnificent instruments receive their first breath of wind.
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    Kh ... LOL - I'm 6'1 and about 100 kilos, also have a fear of heights (though not extreme) and my fingers are a little chubby, not good for fine work.

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    I'd be absolutely fascinated to even sweep up and make tea in an organ builder. It's something pretty unique creating these instruments with such a life to look forward to.

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    Funnily enough - the Sydney Town Hall organ's insides come complete with workbenches and a kitchen sink, complete with kettle and cups.

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    Fine . I'll make the tea, sweep up and do the washing up. Suits me...

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    I did work experience with an organ builder before I left school as I was seriously thinking more about building them professionally than playing them professionally, the latter of which being what I eventually ended up doing. However, the number of times of late that I have had the occasion to wander around the insides of an instrument and perform some minor maintenance, I too have started to wonder if a career change may be in order. That said, there's really not as much call for it down here these days ...

    Nice vids CT thanks for posting. I will now go home and watch my video of the re-building of the Notre-Dame organ
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    Did you know that the Opera House pipe organ (in the Concert Hall) is "supposed" to be the world's largest mechanical action beast? Sadly, it's rarely used. Sydney Symphony hardly programs works including organ. I remember hearing the Saint Seans once and being dissapointed in it ... the orchestra drowned all but the 32' pedals tones out.

    Unlike the time I heard them in the Sydney Town Hall and the organ there had NO problem drowing the orchestra out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    If I wasn't a) over 40 and b) a total clutz when it comes to things woodwork related ... I'd love to have a career change and become and organ builder's floor cleaner.
    Can I add to that for myself? I'm would also be kinda dumb founded on
    some of the work. I wouldn't be able to figure out where a circut went.
    Building the box for the console would be easy but what goes on the box
    would be a real challenge with the computer chips, stops,manuals, and
    the button controls as well as the right foot pedals for the sound and
    foot stops. I would have a hard time at it mentally.
    judy tooley

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    I dont know where I can post this message, than I put it here, and no problem if you move it in another part

    Just want to tell you what I have been at this place yesterday http://www.kloster-mariastein.ch/Orgel_Basilika.htm
    and I heard this marvellous organ rebuilt from the Swiss organ factory Metzler in 1978.

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    16' Posaune in der Brustwerk??? Das gehts nicht. Aber im Pedal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    16' Posaune in der Brustwerk??? Das gehts nicht. Aber im Pedal...

    Yeah Corno - you're right - really odd indeed. I can't believe that's not a mistake...

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