May 30, 2009 update:

Cleaned out the garage a bit today and organized the two remaining unused Reuter opus 412 ranks:

A complete 32 note large scale pedal Bourdon (along back wall in two rows).

And in front of that a very small scale Lieblich Gedeckt 16' 12 note pedal offset that was intended to work with the opus 412's Bourdon.

Neither of these ranks will go into my house (I already have a Subbass 16' that is larger than the Bourdon, and a Gedeckt 16' that has a "Lieblich" mechanism so both of these ranks are "extra" for now.

However I do have an idea to use these for another organ project in a few years so I will be keeping them in storage safely for that. Also I will keep these ranks with the rest of the opus 412 to keep that organ "complete" for long term future use again someday.

These are: Bottom two chests: Chests for the Bourdon and Lieblich 16' pedal rank.

Above that is a 2 section chest for another Bourdon 16' that came off a Moller in Florida.

Above that are two chests that held notes 1 to 12 of a Quintation. Trevor intends to use those chests to hold the Posaune 16' 12 notes that will be installed next to the 822 main chest. The 16' Posaune will be Posanune pipes from notes 1 to 12..then the rest will be the Reuter opus 822's Oboe rank which sounds almost identical in testing some of the pipes so I am very excited to have a 16' extention of that powerful and very "tubaesque" Oboe rank for some real pedal power finally!

Above that is another 12 note chest for a 8' octave of strings. Not real sure what I'll use that for but on never knows.

To the side is a 42 note chest Trevor had extra...I don't think it iwll be used for anything but might be useful for another organ project someday.

May 9, 2009 update:

Ed stopped by yesterday with his parents who were visiting from Florida!

This morning I recorded a 6 more works by Bach...after Don's comments on my "all Buxtehude all the time" format I took the hint and recorded something else for a change ;)

The BWV 1007 prelude for Cello was at Don's suggestion and I think recorded quite lovely!

April 14, 2009 update:

Trevor got just about 1/2 of the shades up...he will return at some point to finish the rest!

April 11, 2009 update:

Swell shades are looking to be a real challange to get installed....another 3 shades were installed yesterday.

Trevor did get the Trompette all wired up completely now so that it is all working. April 10, 2009 update:

Trevor continues work on the swell shades. As you can see at the top of this photograph the main support beam of the house is "off" about 2 inches necessitating quite a bit of engineering to get the shades in to operate correctly.

I got the new rackboard for the Viole Celeste built as well. There are a few toe holes that need adjusted yet but this one went very well. The chest the Viole Celeste sits on was last used for a 4' Gemshorn so the old rackboard didn't work well for the Viole Celeste as the pipes are much narrower scale.

Here I am giving the Trompette rank a quick tune.....note the hearing protection..the 1957 Moller Trompette is LOUD. We ran into a issue on the Trompette...we can't really "tone it down" unless we lower the wind pressure...the pipes were voiced on 4 inches of wind and are now operating on 6 inches of wind and are too loud.....if we regulate the rank "down" it won't tune with the rest of the organ so we are going to have to go ahead and install a step-down wind regulator to get this rank on the correct wind of 4" ..until then it will continue to be very "powerful" at 6"!!!!

A new and very useful tool:
Note the little keyboard....that keyboard allows the tuner to hold notes while tuning so I don't need a person down at the console holding notes while I or someone else is tuning... Trevor has the same setup for his Wurlizter and had brought it down a few times to work on the opus 822. It will be VERY useful to tune the organ, or to just have when something needs spot tuned or speaking correctly etc..

The keyboard operates via battery and is wireless...the main trick is it operates only about 15 feet away from its "wireless" transmitter so you gotta stretch a MIDI cable up from the console downstairs to the upstairs somewhat near where you are tuning.

April 9, 2009 update: Trevor got the first shade installed!

Work continues on that today, hopefully to get the remaining shutters installed today on the south side and then get the north (other side of the center beam) side finished by Saturday!
They will not be functional though..the goal this trip is to just get everything installed..the action for the shades will come later this Spring when Trevor can return after school is out most likely.

I finally got around to finishing the rackboards for the 1957 Moller Trompette:

Here are 3 photos of the pipes taken at different angles. Note the Tibia at the left.

The Trompette chest originally housed the Armory Trumpet. However the largest 12 notes of the Armory would not fit in this space due to the height of the ceiling so I purchased this rank to use in its place. As you can see on the photo on the right the tallest pipes have been mitered so they fit in the house perfectly.

If you look very closely you can see that a few of the toeholes on the rackboard are empty. The spacing of this chest is not uniform and there are several "extra" spots for notes (complete with valves etc).

Note the pipe racking....these pipes are actually very stable without racking however racking was put up.

Looking down you can see the main chest of the opus 412 pipe organ. Those ranks are about 5 feet lower and must speak UP and THRU the Trompette rank to be heard in the main part of the house...a main reason I wanted a very narrow scale rank in this allow as much sound as possible to pass thru unencumbered.

A view from can see this rackboard is double thick in one section as this rank of pipes had a uneven "height" so the tops of the boots would sit below the rackboard had I not doubled up the thickeness of the board in this section....great idea Trevor!

This was mostly in the "Harmonic" section of the next to highest octave of pipes..note how thin they are and how tall they are for being the "smallest" of the reeds. Harmonic pipes have double length resonators.

April 8, 2009 update: Trevor got in Monday evening from Michigan and started working on the shades!

On the right you can see that the tallest shade is just a bit taller than Trevor. There will be a total of 14 shades operating individually "Wurlizter" style....i.e. each shade will open completely as a single blade, rather than them all opening up gradually.

April 6, 2009 update: OK..after listening to the recordings of the Trompette it definately needs regulated down a bit...just a bit too blaring. I like that it is loud but to take some of the "quackieness" out of the pipe speech will require that the scrolls at the top of the resonators be rolled "up" just a tad. When I got the rank they were all just about closed with only a inch (of the 3 to 4 inches of scroll approx) gap remaining until entirely closed. I opened them up to about 2 to 3 inches which appears to be where they were opened to originally at some point however after giving the recordings a initial listen I do think I wanna step the entire rank down a tad...the volume is just a bit too loud and that "harsh" sound is just a bit much so I will eventually get that regulated (I hope!) down a tad to be more musically pleasing.

About 5 of the notes sound just fine though so I think I can match the rest of the rank to those 5 and have a really awesome Trompette!!!!!!!

April 5, 2009 afternoon update: 1st..thanks to my sister Ruth Ann for helping me tune the is great to have someone musical nearby to help hold the notes while tuning!

EXHAUSTED. Last night I made a temporary rackboard...temporary only because it will have to be replaced...made some boo boos measuring a few of the pipe feet so will redo that. In the meantime I DID get some recordings on the MP3 page of the 1957 Moller Trompette. A note: it is sort of tuned except for the highest (top) notes as my ears were just about bleeding so I it got tuned pretty quick......also now the notes will need that each note sounds similar to the notes around it....I'm very very pleased with the rank and am pretty sure this rank will be staying in place long term.

Trevor may get delayed by a spring snowstorm up in Michigan! Hopefully he can make it down sometime tomorrow. It is raining and raining and raining here so I have no doubt it will be flooding around here so I better stock up on essentials to make it a week or so without getting to town! (there is a river between my house and the closest large town which when floods necessitates a long detour to get to town (takes 40 minutes versus the usual 10 so when it floods I just stay is just a mile away so that is not affected fortunately!

April 4, 2009 afternoon update: I unpacked the pipes this morning and finally got to the CC pipe (the largest "lowest/tallest" pipe. It is marked 4 inches of wind and has the following information:

History of the Trompette rank: Moller opus #8917 was a 4/51 (4 manuals/51 ranks) large pipe organ installed at First Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska, in 1957

Thanks to Jeff Scofield for this information!

This photo is from the First United Methodist Church of Omaha..I BELIEVE it is the church the Moller opus 8917 was installed in.

It is thought that parts of the Moller opus #8917 organ were used on a Quinby Pipe Organ at Northminster Presbyterian Church of Tuscan, Arizona in the late 1990s but that is speculation on my part.

VERY VERY good news: The pipes will fit, HOPEFULLY, the treble end MAY be a bit fussy to get them all in but I BELIEVE the entire rank will fit on this chest.

Shown here on the far right is the CC Moller opus 8917 8' pipe. Note that it clears the ceiling by about 6 inches. There is a beam right behind this pipe... the CC# will fit but it will have to be "bowed" out a bit towards the CC pipe to fit but I believe the largest pipes will fit just fine. Also you can see from this photograph why I was intriqued by the narrow scale of this that the sounds of the pipes in the background do not get "blocked" going out into the main room too much.
Also the tallest 6 notes are mitered so t hat the rank will meet my tight clearance issues in this area.

You can see the Vottler-Holtkamp-Sparling Tuba on the left side of this chest. I will be pulling those notes this afternoon to build a new rackboard for the Moller Trompette.
I am keeping the original rackboard should I decide in the future to put the Armory Trumpet or the VHS Tuba back in this location.

April 4, 2009 update:

Putting it all into place....

Wow..going back thru my previous blog updates...was in mid March of last year that the organ additions started to take year into it now and still not done!

Because of the complexity of issues, lack of ample space, work issues for me, school issues for Trevor, church issues for Ed, work has been pretty much on a "sporadic" basis except for last summer which was QUITE intense in getting everything started.

Getting everything finished is sort of like putting a "Rubiks Cube" together....we can't put in the 16' Posaune until the 16' Trumpet pedal extention gets moved to the main room by the 822 chest. We can't move the Trumpet 16' until the 822 has been releathered so until that happens other projects are being completed.

Trevor returns Monday to complete the swell shades!!!!

The organ has been about 95% playable since last summer but finishing the last 5% and all the releathering/rewiring has been very time consuming to say the least!

The Trumpet story continues:

The new "Trompette" has arrived.

This rank is believed to be built by Moller, and the pipes have a piercing & brilliant tone due to the narrow scale and parallel shallots. I did try out a few of the pipes yesterday to confirm that they would fit the bill for what I'm looking for in the organ. The pipe tone is somewhere between the Tuba and the Oboe.

This rank is replacing the Tuba at least temporarily...really depends on how it sounds once I get it all installed and regulated.

To recap from previous blog updates: The Armory Trumpet would not hold tune and the sound was very harsh. The Vottler-Holtkamp-Sparling Tuba 8' that I had in the Armory's place worked but was just not a match tonally with the organ overall.

It is tricky finding the right "Trumpet" rank for the expanded 822's organ in that the rank must work well with the other pipes and not be too off balance.

The "Tricky" part is finding a Trumpet that sounds louder than the Oboe 8' on the 822 main chest. The 822's Oboe 8' is VERY loud and hornlike...really not like a "oboe" at all. Trevor calls the 822's Oboe a "Oboe Horn" is a lovely sound but not a real oboe.......thus I have the "Hautbois 8'" on the 412 chest as the true "oboe" stop on the organ.

Finding a reed that can overpower the 822's big Oboe yet still balance with the rest of the 412 to work under expression is quite "tricky" to say the least.

The Armory Trumpet was overpowering, the VHS Tuba was nice for a few recordings but was not a true "Trumpet"..although it had been rescaled down one note to be a "Trumpet".I'm going to go with this Trompette rank for a few months to see how it works out.

The Trompette was MAINLY purchased for its very narrow scale of that I can have the ENTIRE 61 note rank on the chest above the bathroom without having to place the bottom 12 notes on a separate chest on the main swell chamber. This is freeing up some MUCH needed floor space for a future reservoir to solve the Tibia tremulant problem but more on that later this summer.

The very narrow scale of resonators will allow the sound from the rest of the organ to better travel thru the Trompette pipes to the rest of house.

I will hopefully have this rank installed in a few days in time for some Easter recordings with it!

I do plan on long term either having the Armory Trumpet revoiced somewhat, or possibly putting in the Tuba 8' again but will really depend on how things work out with the "Trompette"...and what the floor space will be in the Swell chamber after we get the Tibia 8' winded properly. If some floor space is available at that time it may be possible to put the Tuba 8' back in, but that will really depend on floor space issues.

I'd have loved to have gotten the Atlanta Auditorium Armory 8' Trumpet back in place, but that would require that rank to basically be rebuilt/revoiced considerably and I'm hesitant to do that. Sometime I'd like to try that rank out somewhere sometime at 15" of wind for which it was originally designed for. If I can find a good home for it somewhere where it would be played at 15" of wind I'd donate the entire rank so if you know of a place that would make a good long term home for it let me know....I have all the pipes to make it a 15" 8' rank...and all but low C to operate as a 16' and 8' rank once it is rescaled back to 15" of wind.

Perhaps 5 to 10 years down the road if I can't find a good long term home for this rank I will have it revoiced/reworked as a 8' Trumpet for my house, but due to its unique history I'd really prefer it be used somewhere "as built". other little update:

After "living" with the "Mixture IV" for a while I decided it was too much so I have put it back to a 2 rank unit mixture using the pipes of just the 822's Gedeckt at 1', and the Salicional at 1 3/5' as a Tierce....together those ranks make a delightful "top" to the Diapason chorus on the great.

Planned Summer 2009 specification of 23 ranks of pipes, including the original 5 ranks of the Reuter opus 822 pipe organ
as well as additions from the opus 195, 412 & 638 Reuter pipe organs which are identified by opus number in the stoplist below.

Reuter opus 195: 1926. Reuter opus 412: 1931, Reuter opus 638, 1940, Reuter opus 822, 1948. The Spitsflote & Flute Celeste are Reuter ranks of unknown vintage.

The 3 non-Reuter ranks are: Clarinet, 1920's Moller, a Moller (?) Trompette 8', the Schlicker 16' Trumpet extention is of 1980's vintage, the prepared Posaune 16' is a Austin of 1920's vintage.

The Austin Posaune 16' pedal rank will be installed later this year after the 822 main chest has been releathered (can't move the Schlicker to next to the 822 chest until all the releather work is done on the 822 so as not to impede access to the 822 chest).

23 Ranks

1,569 pipes


1. 32' Gravissima (822 Gedeckt Resultant)
2. 16' Subbass
(195 - Swell)
3. 16' Bourdon (822 Gedeckt, full)
4. 16' Lieblich Gedeckt (822 Gedeckt, soft)
5. 8' Diapason (822)
6. 8' Montre (638)
7. 8' Tibia Clausa (195 - Swell)
8. 8' Bass Flute (822 Gedeckt)
9. 8' Cello (822 Salicional)
10. 8' Dolce (822 Dulciana)
11. 4' Octave (412 Octave - Swell)
12. 4' Flute (822 Gedeckt)
13. 16' Trumpet (Schlicker)
14. 16' Posaune (Austin - Prepared)
15. 8' Oboe (822 Oboe)
16. Swell to Pedal

1. 16' Diapason (822 Diapason, TC)
2. 8' Open Diapason (822 Diapason)
3. 8' Tibia Clausa (195,Swell)
4. 8' Gedeckt (822)
5. 8' Salicional (822)
6. 8' Dulciana (822)
7. 8' Dulciana Celeste (412, TC, fireplace)
8. 4' Octave (412, Swell)
9. 4' Flute (822, Gedeckt)
10. 2 2/3' Nazard (822, Gedeckt)
11. 2' Spitz Principal (412 - Swell)

12. 2' Flautino (Gedeckt, 822)
13. Mixture II

  • (1 3/5 Tierce, Salicional, 822)
  • (1' Gedeckt, 822)
    14. 8' Oboe (822)
    15. 8' Clarinet (Moller, Swell)
    16. Chimes

    17. Swell to Great
    18. Great to Great 16'
    19. Great to Great 4'
    20. Tremolo

  • 1. 8' Tibia Clausa (195)
    2. 8' Grand Diapason (412)
    3. 8' Violin Diapason (412)
    4. 8' Viole Celeste (195, TC)
    5. 8' Melodia (412)
    6. 8' Echo Salicional (412)
    7. 8' Vox Celeste (TC, 412)
    8. 8' Spitz Flote (Reuter)
    9. 8' Flute Celeste (Reuter)
    10. 4' Tibia Flute (195 Tibia Clausa)
    11. 4' Dulcet (GT -822 Dulciana)
    12. 2' Flautina Dolce (Spitzflote)
    13. 8' Trompette
    14. 8' Hautbois (412)
    15. 8' Vox Humana (195)

    16. Swell to Swell 16'
    17. Swell Unison Off
    18. Swell to Swell 4'

    19. 8' Montre - 638, (Fireplace/Facade)
    20. 8' Oboe - 822 (GT)

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