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Volume One - Issue Four

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

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DAILY NEWS

07/28/2004

Greetings, Folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 3,500 visitors to our site. God bless you all.

The Conn 640 comes out, slowly but surely. Today, Kimmy found the missing Diapason 8' stop tongue in the front yard. Yay! It fell out of the console where it had been hiding during the trip into the house. I glued it back on and it is holding fast when flipped. Groovy.

07/25/2004

Greetings, Folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 3,400 visitors to our site. God bless you all.

The Conn 640 comes out, slowly but surely. Today, I got the Leslie celeste working. Yay! It turned out to be a dirty stop tongue contact. I have been cleaning the contacts throughout this instrument and it is starting to sound like what I remember the Conn 640 to be - a fine old tube organ that sounds warm and sweet. Sorry, boys, but solid state circuitry does not sound like this. It doesn't even come close.

The bottom end of this organ is very fat and round. The strings are very much alive. The diapasons are nice. And the reeds are gorgeous, especially when the couplers go down. I am starting to like this old bird. I can't wait to get the Tibias going. I lubed all the cables and cleaned the buss bars and tines. All the non-Tibia notes work.

I still have to clean the pedal stuff, but the only part there that doesn't work is the Accomp To Pedal 8' Coupler. It is in the buss and not the stop tongue. Yes, Folks, I am making progress. Thanks be to all those who helped me out.

07/22/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

We have gone over the Conn 640 theatre organ and this is what we found: The Tibias do not speak - probably a faulty Leslie amp. The Leslie celeste motor is not working, cause as yet unknown. There is a broken Diapason 8' stop tongue in the Accompaniment. We need a service manual and some new tubes. The keyers are very dirty and need cleaning. The console needs refinished.
More on this as it developes.

07/21/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

We want to thank the 3,300 visiters to Walnut Hill. God bless all who come here.

We have added a new page to the Links section. Check out the new heading Theatre Organ Resources page to go there.

Today is my Father's eighty-first birthday. He is very much alive and well, playing his banjo and singing with us on the weekends at the Tuckaleechee Campground in Townsend, Tennessee. Happy Birthday, Pappy!

07/18/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

We want to thank the 3,200 visiters to Walnut Hill. God bless all who come here.

We have added a new section to the site. Our General Store is now open. No items are for sale yet but we have some free music on the shelf. Fell free to download and listen all you want. You can even tell your friends about it.

The Conn Theatre Organ comes home on Monday. More on its condition and needed parts will be known then.

07/14/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

We want to thank the 3,150 visiters to Walnut Hill.
God bless all who come here.

Yesterday, I aquired a vintage 1964 Conn 640 Theatreo Organ. It needs lots of TLC but I think we can get it going. Once up and running, we shall MIDI'fy it for MidiTzer. Yummy.

07/14/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

We want to thank the 3,080 visiters to Walnut Hill.
God bless all who come here.

This was posted at TPOSF on Yahoo! today:

From: "josephebarron"
Date: Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:20 AM
Subject: "Gee Dad, It's a WurliTzer!"

Hi, Gang.

I have had so much fun playing the Mighty MidiTzer at church that I wanted to take it to the next level. I just wanted to share with you that my prayers were answered. A 2 manual Wurlitzer console became available and I picked it up yesterday. Lord willing it will be restored, connected to MidiTzer and installed to our church. For more details go to my website and click on "Opus 2130".

As Doc says, "God Bless and Happy Playing!"

Joe
http://www.virtualorgan.com
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07/13/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

Today marks a milestone. We want to thank the 3,000 visiters to Walnut Hill. God bless all who come here.

jOrgan 1.51 has been released. Visit the jOrgan website to get it. Thanks go out to Bruce Miles and the team at TPOSF on Yahoo! for the tip.

This was posted on the Conn Artists Newsgroup at Yahoo! yesterday:

Hi,

I have 4 Allen HC-18's for sale @ $750/each. Would like to sell soon due to space limitations.

Check the link below for details and photos.

http://barton.theatreorgans.com/selectedad.asp?ID=12353

Cm

07/12/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

A new link has been added to Rodgers550.com on our Links page.

A new song was added to the Mighty MidiTzer Music page. This song, Softly And Tenderly, is dedicated to my Mother. It was one of her favorite hymns.

07/09/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

This was posted at Theatre Organs newsgroup on Yahoo! yesterday.

Conn 651 Theatre Organ for sale!

From: "Jan Bordeleau" bordelea@aol.com
Date: Sat Jul 3, 2004 1:31 pm
Subject: Conn 651 for sale

Conn 651, 3 manuals, 32 note AGO pedalboard. Outside looks fine, needs some electronic repairs (lowest "C" pedal doesn't speak, some stops cut in and out.) My dad doesn't play it anymore and no longer has organ students. We live in New Hampshire about an hour north of Boston. Anyone interested? All offers considered.

Here is an interesting website. Although not about theatre organs, it is about Rodgers 550 organs.

Check it out at the following URL:

http://www.rodgers550.com/.

We shall add this one to our Links section.

07/08/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 2,900 visitors to Walnut Hill.

The TPO world is jumpin'. Lots of action at TPOSF. If you are not a member of this group, I urge you to join. The talk is lively and informative.

John Foss has updated his site again. Check out Organs and Organists Online to learn more.

07/07/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 2,850 visitors to Walnut Hill. Our Yahoo! newsgroup has 43 members.

A fabulous 1929 3/12 Moller Theatre Pipe Organ, Opus 5497 was sold on eBay. The starting bid was only $30,000.00 but the instrument could have been bought outright for $90,000.00, quite a bargain at this price.

07/05/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank all 2,800 people who have visited Walnut Hill.

I hope all had a happy Fourth of July. We did!

This was posted at Yahoo! TPOSF today:

I would like to announce version 1.5.0 of jOrgan - the Java Virtual Organ.

New features:

  • - second touch (through separate channel, velocity threshold or poly-pressure)
  • - drawbar support
  • - virtual keyboard

Other features:

  • - full skinnable
  • - full controllable by MIDI messages
  • - free configurable MIDI merging
  • - support of multiple MIDI output devices
  • - runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

Build YOUR virtual organ as you like it - see http://www.meiers.net/sven/jorgan/.

Sven Meier

07/03/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank all 2,750 people who have visited Walnut Hill.

Today, my Mother was laid to rest at Pleasant Hill Cemetary as the family bid her a fond and joyous farewell. Thanks go out to all those who wrote in with their regards.

Happy Fourth of July. I'll be a campin'. See y'all on Monday.

07/01/2004

Greetings, folks, from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank all 2,700 people who have visited Walnut Hill.

We have added the Featured Organ for the month of July, 2004. This is the George Wright Memorial 4/24 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California.Head on over to our Featured Organ section to learn more.

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