A view of the entire "Montre" rank.

Starting on the left: The Montre rank is mainly composed of the Reuter opus 638 Open Diapason rank. The 4' Octave & higher sits above the downstairs fireplace. In this photo you can see it on the left.
In the middle, upstairs, is the 12 notes of the 8' octave of this rank.
Then on the right is the "Montre 16'" extention which is the Austin Violone 16' 12 note extention. Thus all pipes of the exposed "Montre" speak directly into the main room in literally in "surround sound"!

September 24, 2009 update:

Finally got around to replacing those awful white plastic flanges on the Montre 16' chests.

I had considered painting them but decided to get dark gray plastic flanges that will never have to be painted.

The wind lines are comparitively unobtrusive now without the white elbows and flanges glaring out at you.

Here the Schedule 80 flanges are shown installed. I still need to try and locate some "street" elbows so I can make those turns around the posts much closer..when I get that done the wind lines should be quite "invisible" compared to how they stand out now.

In this photograph you get a better view of how the pipes are first tied in before being "screwed" in with the metal bands.

The brown color was chosen to blend in to the ceiling as best as unintended happy result of the ribbons has been that when the notes play, the ribbons "wave" so you can see which pipe is being played at the organ operates!

Here is one of the "toilet" flanges which work great (and are cheap!) when they are not seen, but are rather unsightly when in a display situation.

Schedule 80 PVC comes in this neutral dark gray blends in better for dark or colored backgrounds and all plumbing supply houses will have it on stock or can get it pretty easily. The cost is about 10x what white PVC costs but for applications where the pvc will be visible I recommend the dark gray (unless installing on a white wall then the white pvc would be better!). You could paint the white but anytime it gets scuffed it will show thru ..the gray will last forever...and visually will not distract the eye. Black would be even better, but this works just fine!

VERY special thanks to Benjamin Intartaglia for the J.S. Bach BWV 658 midi file he created and sent to me to be recorded live on the 822. I think it sounds WONDERFUL!!!!!!!


September 22, 2009 update:

Have posted some new revised recordings. I have changed the microphone setup used to record the organ.
This has been a real challenge. It was actually very easy to record the organ when it was just 5 ranks and all in one place. Now that the organ has grown to so many areas of the house, to record everything together is quite a task that I am obviously still very much trying to learn!

NO pipe organ can be recorded to sound how it sounds in person. The Reuter 822 sounds very different in person than from the recordings as there is just no way to record how the organ "feels" in the room..and trust FEEL the 822 playing as much as you hear it when you are in the house.

But I do think these recordings give at least a taste of what it sounds like, and with the added reverberation I think give an idealic portrayal of what the organ would sound like placed properly in a cathedral with excellent accoustic.

September 18, 2009 evening update: Posted 2 test recordings of the new "Montre 16" on the MP3 page......I have to adjust the microphones as now the organ has went from recording without enough bass to being way too boomy..I will get that adjusted but this gives you a flavor of the rank at least.

Took a few pics showing the newly installed pipes:

Will post more recordings NEXT check back then fore more, have a great weekend!

September 18, 2009 morning updates: The depiction on the right is the August 27 depiction of how the rank would be placed...I had made measurements of the tallest pipe and was reasonably sure the tallest pipe would fit in, but am VERY relieved everything placed as I had planned it!!!

September 18, 2009 morning update:

A few more pics of the install. Will post some recordings of this rank this check back again around 9 or 10 p.m.!

Getting ready to install the last CCC pipe.

Trevor & Diana working on strapping in the tallest pipes.
A funny little tidbit: Diana was getting pretty warm at that elevation in my house (the air conditioning really only keeps the bottom 10 feet of the house cool...the upstairs is always pretty warm in the summer) held low CCC open (before a pipe was placed on it) on the chest and it worked as a "fan" to keep Trevor and her at least in a nice breeze!

The pipes are in tune and I'm pretty sure that from now on the tuning rank of the organ (the Octave 4') will be tuned based on these 12 pipes that can't be reached easily rather than try and tune these again should they go out of tune.

A view looking down from the staircase going downstairs.

Looking up you can see the scrolls on this rank are just about all the way open.

A view of the Holtkamp console underneath the lowest 3 pipes. Those white air inlets on the chests will be painted dark gray at some point.
September 17, 2009 afternoon update:

The rank is all in now, works super!

will post nicer pics tomorrow!

Video of the final placement of the last pipe:

VIDEO: Placing the CCC pipe

About half way thru the video you can hear the low pipes being played.

September 17, 2009 update:

The last 3 notes of the Violone 16' (Montre 16') get placed today if all goes well!

Notes BBB thru DDD are now up and working and tuned!

It is hard to see in this photograph but the tuning scrolls are all the way open....this rank was on 7 inches of wind and now on 5 actually we "pretuned" the pipes before putting them up by rolling the scrolls all the way open...that got them nearly perfectly in tune.

Diane & Trevor installing the pipes.

September 16, 2009 update:

Trevor and I finalized the plan for installing the remaining pipes using this strap material as a "double-backup" to secure the pipes in place.

This is one metal band strip that is being "woven" between the ceiling and the pipes. The dark brown tie-ins hold the pipes into place while the permenant metal straps are affixed. It is a two step process....going to alot of work to do the tie-ins first but this way there are 4 ways of holding each pipe into place. The tie-ins are a required first step in mounting the pipes before the metal strip gets screwed into the wall. For the larger pipes we may add more bands to make sure all pipes are VERY secure.

This may seem like over-kill but I do not want to risk the pipes falling down!

Very hard to see in this photograph but there is a solid wood shim holding up the chests in place now so that the chests are VERY securely in place and can support the weight of the tallest pipes with ease.

September 15, 2009 update:

The chests are now aired & first pipe placed, getting it wired in today, placement of the remaining pipes tomorrow hopefully!

The tie in straps are temporary but necessary. These pipes will each have 2 metal straps holding them in place above where the tie-ins are located. The larger pipes will have at least 3 metal straps holding each pipe in. The PVC "holding" the chest up is temporary...putting in some wood blocking material below those chests as a precaution against sag although those chests are VERY firmly affixed to the ceiling.

The "white" flanges will be painted dark brown to match the chests at some point.
Someday I may put in different "elbows" or even some clear PVC that is flexible as windlines that would fit around those columns better.

September 14, 2009 update:

Trevor is working on the chests for the pedal "Montre 16" rank.

Today's goal is to get the windlines attached, perhaps something like this.

Weekend progress:

Attaching the first chest...note the angle..the pipes will be seated on this chest at the same angle.

This rank is actually the Violone rank from the Austin theatre organ built for the Liberty Theatre in Covington, KY.

Austin organ Opus 1140, 3 manuals, 20 ranks, was installed in the Liberty Theater in 1923 at a cost of $14,500.

I'm not sure at all the above photograph is the correct Liberty Theatre...

A few other views of the "same" theatre show a different style building:

If you have any information or photos of the Liberty Theatre please let me know!!!!!!!!

Here you can see the pipes before they get installed.

I had considered painting these pipes but for now am leaving them unpainted. I want to see how they look in the house without being painted for a while before painting them.

September 5, 2009 update:

Ed returned September 4 to work on several things, mainly to regulate the Posaune 16' that Trevor installed over the past few days.

Ed first carefully cleaned out the pipes as best he could...we vacuumed out spider webs inside the resonators...and Ed carefully polished all of the reed tongues.
Ed had very good success in getting all notes to speak properly and at a good volume level..check out the revised MP3 page for FRESH re-recordings of the first recordings made of the 16' Posaune....a BIG BIG difference.

Still a few issues with a few notes...but they do sound great..THANKS ED!

Ed is shown here re-leathering a shallot on one of the boots.

In the background of this pic you can see two large boots ..those are off the Austin Armory Trumpet rank....The Posaune rank was missing several wedges that hold in the tongues as well as a tuning wire so the Armory Trumpet rank served as a "donor" rank for parts.

Not an ideal situation as I don't like "robbing" parts from a rank (even if just in storage) to make another work...I will get those parts replaced.

Recurving a reed tongue to make it speak (this particular note would not speak at all....Ed got it working very nice after about an hour or two of hard work on it.
Note the VERY large weight on the end..these tongues are VERY thick requiring alot of weight on the tongue to keep them speaking correctly.

Prelminary Fall 2009 update:

Check the stoplist page for a revised CURRENT stoplist.

In purple is the Montre 16' (Violone 16') rank.... work has began on that rank... Trevor has started working on the chests for it which should be in place by mid September if all goes to plan.

Alot of "finishing" work remains on the organ but things have settled into place as to what is possible for the winter at least.

The Austin 500 console awaits restoration. Hopefully this winter it will receive a complete reconditioning. Once it gets rebuilt it will be placed in the house allowing a few minor changes to the Reuter Pipe organ layout. Presently the Holtkamp console does not have enough stoptabs to have hardly any unification. Every addition I add to the pipe organ requires "losing" a stoptab used for something else on the Holtkamp console.

I have a rank of Nasonflote 8' pipes. I am going to add them to the organ over the winter, when I do, they will be installed as a 4' rank (for space reasons)....they will play from the 4' Flute tab on the Holtkamp console on the "Great" organ for now. In the future with the Austin 500 console this rank will be made playable at 8' using another rank to fill out the bottom 12 notes (probably my Dulciana as the Nasonflote is VERY soft) well as perhaps at 2' depending on what chest I use with it...and perhaps even a chiffy soft Nazard at 2 2/3'..but that will have to await the Austin 500 console.

Another rank I'm adding over the winter is a Tierce when I can find the pipes...when it gets installed I will use my "Mixture" tab on the Holtkamp console for that rank...until the Austin 500 comes in, then I'll have it as a proper Tierce by itself, as well as using it on a unit Mixture rank on the Great organ.

Another rank I'm adding is the Celeste rank for the opus 822's Salicional..the last string rank on the organ without a matching Celeste. I've located a Austin Celeste rank (marked Celeste only) that works very well with the Salicional. When it goes in I will have to lose having the Tibia playable on the Great (it presently is playable form the Great and Swell).

So with the addition of the Salicional's Celeste and Nasonflote 4', and Tierce, the organ will have only 3 remaining unit stops on the manual keyboards: The Open Diapason at 16' TC on the Great, and a 2' Flautina on the Swell organ.

There is ONE final addition that may get added long term as well..and that is the Bourdon to the opus 412 chest. That will not happen until I put in the Austin 500 console. Once I put in the Austin 500 console the 412 chest gets split into 2 part will be the swell organ, and the other will be the "choir" that point I will need a soft flute for the swell organ as at that point the Melodia will only be playable from the "Choir" organ.

Placing the Bourdon on the 412 chest will require the Spitzflote being relocated to where the Flute Celeste is..and that will require the Flute Celeste be placed on its own offset chest...there will be JUST enough room to do that. At that point the Flute Celeste will become a TC 8' rank..presently it is a FULL 8' rank so I will lose that feature once I get that done, so I do plan on doing alot of recording on the Flute Celeste this fall while that rank is available at full range.

So..yes it is confusing but there is a reason for doing things the way we are doing them but there IS a plan and a reason for every change.

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July20 - September 2008 blog updates, including information on the clarinet rank.

July1 - 18 2008 blog updates, includes a visit to Georgia, and TEMPORARY placement of the Austin Armory Trumpet (now removed and in storage).

June, 2008 blog updates, including photos of the newly installed opus 412 pipes.

May 6 thru May 31, 2008 blog updates, including photos and historical information on the Austin Atlanta Armory Trumpet

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