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    Inside a theatre organ

    This is, actually, quite interesting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4YL...eature=related
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
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    That was a great tour..........

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    Yes, very interesting. It would be better if we could hear more music played on it after the brief explanatory tour.

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    Too bad they don't something similar with a lot of church organs. Could be quite interesting. St. Sulpice, anyone? The Tabernacle? St. Patrick's?

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    That reminds me of the theater organ I heard in Phoenix at Organ Stop
    Pizza. It had for manuals when I saw it. Before I ever set foot in my
    church and played it's pipe organ I got to take a good look at the big
    wultizer organ and was amazed by it.
    judy tooley

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    You're right, Judy ... OSP has the largest (IV/79) functioning Wurlitzer Theater pipe organ in the world. With its thick clear plexi-glass expression shades, one can see lots of the organ pipework, and the functioning regulators below. OSP is only a 90 minute drive from where I live.
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    It's great that we can all enjoy theatre organs and "straight" organs today without the terrible snobbery which existed in the past. I seem to remember that in "How to play a church organ" Marmaduke P Conway was extremely vitriolic about theatre organs and theatre organists!

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    The days for which the snobbery existed seem to becoming in the past. It is now possible to enjoy a wide range of organ sounds, not just neo-baroque. I have subscribed to the Diapason for quite a few years and have seen the changes from very narrow, strict neo-baroque thru the Skinner revival to today where it is even possible to talk about theatre organs. I am even considering rejoining the AGO now that one can admit to having a theatre organ.

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    "becoming in the past"?!

    But I agree - the theatre organ is much a vital part of the musical tapestry as the, er, Ranckett.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllanP View Post
    The days for which the snobbery existed seem to becoming in the past. It is now possible to enjoy a wide range of organ sounds, not just neo-baroque. I have subscribed to the Diapason for quite a few years and have seen the changes from very narrow, strict neo-baroque thru the Skinner revival to today where it is even possible to talk about theatre organs. I am even considering rejoining the AGO now that one can admit to having a theatre organ.
    So true ... only in recent years has the AGO recognized theater organists to be "organists" ... jeez, most theater organists have been (or are) church organists, too.
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    Aloha CT64,

    Stop picking on the *Ranquette* - It ain't done you no harm
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