Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Light is working

The organ is pretty complete. I got the light built and balanced the stick with a big book on the back.

Monday, July 9, 2007


Brasso is a busto on the metal pipes, made a music rack light like in the picture of the Kuhn organ in Switzerland.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Tale of Two Organs, TOLD

Put pipes back on the back, so I could play it again. Fixed casavant plastic label. Attach to keydesk. Get email from OHS people, my organs are in the database.

Try Brasso on the tin pipes. OK. Glass Wax is no longer made. Can’t find Window Wax reformulation locally. Oh well.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

I didn't say it would be easy. . .

Tune again, try tuning mixture, not much luck.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

No Tune, No Fun

Remove pipes for David C to tune, he can’t come. Bad Back. Submit to the OHS organ database the Moller and the new location of the Casavant.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Book search

Find out same organ built by Kuhn in Switzerland. Found the organ that mine is based on is for sale again, having been built in 1970. Also found my organ is listed in a book: The Tracker Organ Revival in America. I find the book on AEBBooks and buy it. Hoping page 119 has the info.

David sez they use Glass Wax to polish pipes, but I find it is permanently out of production, was flammable. eBay is the only source for the leftovers. New formulation is called Window Wax, not as good I surmise. I’ll try Brasso.

David also tells about how long and how much it will cost:

There's a one-manual Casavant in Park City that used to be in a chapel near BYU, prior to that on a roller platform in the DeJong Concert Hall, prior to that in the Assembly Hall. It was sort of a chore to tune, as small pipes tended to draw on each other. The first time I went way over my estimate (but there were some unexpected problems, too) and the last time I think I did it in 3-4 hours. Bigelow's standard rate is $55/hour. If that seems prohibitive call and we can discuss other options.

Monday, July 2, 2007

I'm published

David Chamberlain writes that Mike is Out of town, but David can come on Thu or Fri.

This is David writing. Mike is away all week, so I would be the one to tune your organ. I think I could arrange sometime Thursday -- Friday might be better. Would you hold keys or would I need to bring someone? Are the pipes slide-tuned or cone-tuned?

I reply OK.

Jim, my brother in the Tab choir, calls from Gibson Guitar factory and tells Tab organists the story, and they wonder how such a thing can happen in Utah county.

I found my Casavant organ in the OHS Pipe Organ database. This tells me that the organ is built by Casavant and is designed by Th. Kuhn. It also tells that it is referenced in a book. I will have to look it all up.