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Volume Four - Issue Two

Contributing Editors

The Control Room - Richard Mogridge - Webmaster
Console Up! - Tom Hoehn, Lead Editor
The Skandia WurliTzer - Per Olof Schultz, Associate Editor
MidiTzer Boot Camp - Russ Ashworth, Associate Editor
Mighty Hauptwerk - Jim Reid, Associate Editor
Desktop Goodies - Fred Willis
NYTOS Field Reporter - Eugene Hayek

Office of Operations

Walnut Hill Productions
1233 Sims Street
Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone - 1-727-230-2610
10AM to 6PM PDT
Email - slowdog294@yahoo.com



FROM THE WEBMASTER'S DESK


ORGAN OF THE MONTH

Click here to learn more about the Mighty Allen GW319EX Digital Theatre Organ installed at the residence of Mike Phillips in Chesterfield, Virginia.
Allen GW319EX Digital Theatre Organ


February 2007
Relocation To Ridgecrest
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We begin the month of February in a new location after leaving Marysville, California on January 29th of 2007. The Walnut Hill Office of Operations is now in Ridgecrest, California. This city is much closer to Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, including Pasadena and San Bernardino, where there are a wealth of fine installations abounding. To see some of these great organs, visit our 2005 Convention page.

The Founding Father of Walnut Hill, Fred Willis, is letting Doc stay at his place until things settle down and Doc can find a place of his own.


A MINI CONCERT AT CASA ROTON

On February 22nd, Cyrus Roton invited the Bone Doctor to come and play the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ installed at his residence in Ridgecrest, so Doc obliged and went there to give a mini-concert on this fabulous instrument.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ installed at Cyrus Roton's residence.
Rodgers/Artisan organ installed at Cyrus Roton's residence.

Above, we see this unique instrument from a wide angle perspective. It is somewhat of a hybrid, having drawbars like a Hammond and tablets like a church organ. Also, the Accompaniment keyboard has piano touch and 73 keys.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the Artisan stop box attached to the Rodgers organ installed at Cyrus Roton's residence.
Artisan stop box attached to the Rodgers organ.

Here, we can see the Artisan stop box attached to the organ along with the piston strip that accesses the presets. This box is driven by a Mac Mini computer running actual WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ samples.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the stop sweep of the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ.
The stop sweep of the console of the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ.

Here is a close up showing the stop sweep consisting of two rows of white stop tablets that are of the push on, push off type. Each tablet has a status LED that indicates whether it is in program or play mode. If the LED is not lit, that tablet is off. If the LED is blinking, the tablet is being programmed. If the LED glows steady, the tablet is selected for play.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the Bone Doctor at the console of the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ.
The Bone Doctor at the console of the Mighty Rodgers/Artisan organ.

Here, we see Doc noodling away at the console to give you the songs in the list below. The music was recorded live, so there are many noises and lots of mistakes, as the performance was unrehearsed and Doc was completely unfamiliar with the instrument.

  1. Ain't No Thaing
    Playing time = 2:20, file size = 2.18MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  2. Carosele Waltz
    Playing time = 2:48, file size = 2.60MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  3. Hop Scotch
    Playing time = 1:55, file size = 1.79MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  4. Michelle
    Playing time = 3:20, file size = 3.08MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  5. Norwegian Wood
    Playing time = 3:46, file size = 3.48MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  6. Romantic Medley
    Playing time = 6:26, file size = 5.94MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  7. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Playing time = 3:24, file size = 3.16MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  8. Suite in G
    Playing time = 2:24, file size = 2.37MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
  9. Tennessee Waltz
    Playing time = 3:17, file size = 3.05MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.


BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!

One of the first things Doc did after settling in was to hook up with fellow TPO buff Cyrus Roton, also a resident of Ridgecrest and the owner of the Apple Barrel Newsletter, a member of the Theatre Organ Academy and the Walnut Hill Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ groups on Yahoo!, and a fine organ technician.

Cyrus works on organs around the area and expressed a desire for Doc to take a journey south to Palmdale to help him with a Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ that was out of tune. So, away to Palmdale they went.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the Palmdale United Methodist church sancuary as it appears from the street.
The Palmdale United Methodist church sancuary building.

This is the Palmdale United Methodist Church where the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ is installed. The church will soon be moving to a much larger building. Cyrus was told by one of the members of the clergy that if the organ could not be repaired, it would have to go. Neither he nor Doc liked that news, so inside they went to get down to the business of rescuing the poor beast.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the console of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ with the bench set aside.
The console of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ

Here is the console of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ with the bench set aside. The console has been retrofitted with a Roland SoundCanvas and MIDI on the manuals and pedals.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the stop sweep of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ.
The stop sweep of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ.

Here we see the stop sweep of the console. The stop tongues are the push on, push off type, having small LED's that indicate when the stops are drawn. there is also a special Positiv division that can control actual ranks of pipes, but this organ has only the onboard generators playing through loudspeakers.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Cyrus Roton standing at the rear of the console of the the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ with the two tone generator board frames swinging out.
Cyrus Roton standing at the rear of the console
of the the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ.

Here, we see Cyrus working inside the console, just after completing the task of tuning the 85 tone generators which are mounted on swingout frames.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the Bone Doctor at the console of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ.
The Bone Doctor at the console of the Rodgers 755 Digital Church Organ.

After the instrument was buttoned up, Doc took the bench to give her a go. They had to be sure that everything worked and the tuning held, which it did. Fred Willis sent along his wonderful little Samson Zoom H4 Digital Recorder for them to use, eager to hear what the instrument sounded like. After clamping the recorder to a music stand and pointing it at the speakers, Doc armed it and sat down at the organ to play a few songs, which are listed below. Click on a title to listen.

  1. Ain't No Thaing
    Playing time = 1:44, file size = 1.61MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec
  2. Farther Along
    Playing time = 2:21, file size = 2.18MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec
  3. Hopscotch
    Playing time = 3:17, file size = 3.05MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec
  4. Never Grow Old
    Playing time = 3:02, file size = 2.81MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the exterior of Fosters Freeze near Edwards Air Force Base on the way home to Ridgecrest.
The exterior of Fosters Freeze near Edwards Air Force Base.

On the way home, Cyrus and Doc stopped at Fosters Freeze to have some lunch. This is an excellent fast food eatery serving up the best malts and cheeseburgers in the state of California, not too far from the famed Edwards Air Force Base.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the road leading into Red Rock Canyon on the way home from Palmdale.
Red Rock Canyon on the way home from Palmdale.

Above can be seen the rugged terrain on the way home from Palmdale. Southern California is mostly desert, and Cyrus assured Doc that although it looks lifeless out there, there are plenty of creatures that make this harsh land their home.

As you can see, Doc has been busy since moving west, and is just getting started. Yes, he is back in the saddle again!


RELOCATION FUND DRIVE

Although we are settling in at the new location, Walnut Hill Productions is still in somewhat of a bind from a business perspective. Household and personal expenses are taking a hefty slice out of the money Doc gets, as he is disabled and on a fixed and limited income. Replacing his personal property and the musical equipment lost after the relocation will be very expensive.

Most of the company's original equipment was left in Tennessee due to the high cost of shipping. The items must eventually be replaced. Below is a list of the items we are needing for the studio in order to get back to the recording sessions Doc would like to complete, including albums from the Sub Urban Cowboys and Doc at the Mighty MidiTzer.

  1. Fender Precision Electric Bass Guitar
  2. Yamaha FG335 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
  3. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
  4. One or more MIDI controller keyboards
  5. Two low impedence balanced mic cables
  6. Two boom stands for the microphones
  7. Conn 650 Analog Theatre Organ with MIDI kit

We do not have current pricing or availability of this equipment, but it is conservatively estimated that we will need to raise over 4,000 dollars to eventually aquire everything on the list above.

When we finally relocate to a residence big enough for an electronic three manual Theatre Organ, we will be looking for the Conn 650 mentioned above. We will also install a digital piano. Our end goal is to construct a portable four manual console for the Walnut Hill 4/36 Mighty WurliTzer Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ, to be powered by jOrgan running a custom disposition and font set from Allman Music of Saint Petersburg in Florida.

Doc and Tom Hoehn have created a Pay Pal account for easily and securely receiving contributions from all who want to see this relocation take place, which will allow Walnut Hill to make major strides forward for the King of Instruments.

Below is a listing of those who have genorously contributed funds to date:

Name

  • Tom Hoehn
  • Gareth Howells
  • James Reid
  • Cyrus Roton
  • William Spalding
  • Larry Chamberlin
  • Kent Allman
  • Fred Willis
  • Joseph Loewy

Amount

  • $ 50.00
  • $ 50.00
  • $200.00
  • $500.00
  • $ 30.00
  • $100.00
  • $ 50.00
  • $200.00
  • $ 50.00

Method

  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal

Click here to contribute to the Relocation Fund Drive by emailing the Bone Doctor at PayPal.

Funds received to date: $1,230.00

There are other pledges pending. Anyone can contribute as much or as little as they see fit by clicking the "Make a Donation" button above. You can also send checks via standard mail to the following address, should you choose to not use the Pay Pal account. Please make checks payable to Richard Mogridge, with the words "Relocation Fund" in the memo line. The address is:

Richard Mogridge
Walnut Hill Productions
1233 Sims Street
Ridgecrest, California 93555

If you have questions about the relocation fund, you can call the Bone Doctor at the Walnut Hill Office of Operations to learn more.

That telephone number is 1-727-230-2610.

All contributors will get recognized at the site should they choose, or they can remain anonymous, simply by letting the Bone Doctor know their preferences via email.

This is a major move forward for Walnut Hill Productions, one of the fastest growing TPO sites on the internet. Become a part of history by making your donation today. Please help us to continue the work we are doing as we continue to grow, adding new features and more services such as broadcasting audio and video for all to enjoy. You'll be glad you did.

We are thanking you in advance for your generosity and support in this grand endevour.

God bless, and happy playing.

The Bone Doctor
Member ATOS/President WHOC
House Organist and Webmaster
Walnut Hill Productions

"It's all about the King of Instruments!"


Slow Dog at deviantART



EDITORIAL ARTICLES




HEADLINE NEWS


Arts From The Heart, 2007

Click here to listen to music from Tom Hoehn at the console of the 4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ installed at the First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida.
Tom Hoehn at the console of the
4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ installed at the
First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida.

On February 10th of 2007, Tom Hoehn did a performance at the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, Florida on the majestic 4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ for the Arts From The Heart annual concert. Click here and scroll down to listen to some of the tracks from this wonderful event, listed under the Arts From The Heart topic.


Walnut Hill Gets A Facelift!

Visitors with eagle eyes might notice a change here at Walnut Hill, couretsy of our Founding Father, Fred Willis, who has an uncanny ability to use the power of Photoshop to create wonderful and stunning graphics.

If you look at the navigation stop tongues at the top of each page, you will notice that they are now transparent on the ends, letting the woodgrain of the background show through, where before there were black squares around the curved ends. You will also notice that the stop for the section you are in looks like it really is pushed down due to perspective modelling of the image. Also, you will see the felt under the stops and the small chrome separaters at the ends of the rows of stops, like those which divide the divisions of voices on a real pipe organ.

Fred began working on the images on the 9th of February and finished his work on the 11th. Doc modified the background and placed the new images on the tables during the day to arrive at our new site navigation system which now graces each page. There are more additions to come as we strive to not only have the best TPO site on the internet, but also the best looking. Stay tuned as we impliment the changes in the days ahead on our way to version 5.


Eugene Hayek and the Center Street Combo

Click here to visit his page on Walnut Hill and listen to the Center Street Combo.
Eugene, Nancy and Aldo of the Center Street Combo.

On February 7th of 2007, Eugene Hayek sent us some recordings of his new group, the Center Street Combo. We decided to give his page a major facelift as we added the new material. Click here to visit his page on Walnut Hill and scroll down to the Music Downloads section. Look for the Central Street Combo entry and see the list of four great songs so far. Enjoy!


Dick Smith, New Featured Artist!

Click here to listen to the music of Featured Artist Dick Smith, at the console of the 3/19 Mighty Allen GW319EX Digital Theatre Organ owned by Mike Phillips of Chesterfield, Virginia.
Dick Smith at the console of Black Beauty.

We were very fortunate to aquire a recording from Mike Phillips, proud owner of an Allen GW319EX Digital Theatre Organ, featuring the talent of Dick Smith, who played 31 songs on this magnificent instrument. To listen to this concert, click here.


Hit Count Since 04/02/2004

The figures below represent the approximate daily hit count for the site since going online on April 2nd of 2004. Counter checks begin around ten in the morning and end around ten in the evening. Currently, that total stands at over 48,125 happy campers in the Land of the King!

  • 02/01/2007 - 46,170
  • 02/02/2007 - 46,268
  • 02/03/2007 - 46,346
  • 02/04/2007 - 46,381
  • 02/05/2007 - 46,454
  • 02/06/2007 - 46,525
  • 02/07/2007 - 46,577
  • 02/08/2007 - 46,671
  • 02/09/2007 - 46,758
  • 02/10/2007 - 46,815
  • 02/11/2007 - 46,893
  • 02/12/2007 - 46,971
  • 02/13/2007 - 47,054
  • 02/14/2007 - 47,117
  • 02/15/2007 - 47,191
  • 02/16/2007 - 47,261
  • 02/17/2007 - 47,355
  • 02/18/2007 - 47,462
  • 02/28/2007 - 48,128
  • 02/19/2007 - 47,471
  • 02/20/2007 - 47,519
  • 02/21/2007 - 47,582
  • 02/22/2007 - 47,648
  • 02/23/2007 - 47,772
  • 02/24/2007 - 47,881
  • 02/25/2007 - 47,950
  • 02/26/2007 - 48,019
  • 02/27/2007 - 48,078

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Just click the picture to the left to get started on your way to playing the Style 216 2/10 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ virtually every day!

Listen to the Mighty MidiTzer!

Below are some cuts from various Featured Artists here at Walnut Hill that will give you an idea of what the Mighty MidiTzer sounds like.

  1. The Bone Doctor - Higher Ground
  2. Tom Hoehn - Crazy
  3. Gerhard Kletchowitz - Little Orphan Annie
  4. Frank Vanaman - The One I Love



Pinellas Park Mighty WurliTzer

Click here to see the 2/9 Mighty WurliTzer Style 150B Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Pinellas Park Auditorium.


Click here to download a 2041 x 1261 JPG image showing the stop sweep of the beautiful 2/9 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Pinellas Park Auditorium in Pinellas Park, Florida.
The stop sweep of the 2/9 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
installed at the Pinellas Park Auditorium in Pinellas Park, Florida.

The 2/9 Mighty WurliTzer Style 140B Theatre Pipe Organ Opus 1968, installed at Pinellas Park Auditorium in Pinellas Park, Florida is featured on the October 2005 Featured Organ of the Month page. It is the first small instrument to get a feature at Walnut Hill, and rightly so because it is not far from Tom Hoehn's residence, the first location for the Walnut Hill Productions Office of Operations during our year-long stay in Clearwater.

This organ, under the care of the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, is in the process of being restored and we need your help. If you would like to contribute funds or volunteer man hours to see this task come to completion, call the Walnut Hill Office of Operations at 1-727-230-2610 Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM EDT. We would be very glad to talk with you and tell you how to get involved in returning this great instrument to her former glory.



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