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Volume Three - Issue Seven

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

07/31/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,100 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Jesse Crawford Playes The Mighty MidiTzer!

Click here to learn more about Jesse Crawford, the Poet of the Organ.
Jesse Crawford, Poet of the Organ
Image colorized by Fred Willis

This was reported in the MidiTzer Newsletter yesterday:

Jesse Crawford, the Poet of the Organ, can now be heard on the Mighty Miditzer 260SP. This performance was created from an actual player roll used with the WurliTzer Reproducing Residence Organs.

Using an original WurliTzer R roll that has been converted to MIDI to play the and recorded for your enjoyment. For more information about Jesse Crawford and the WurliTzer Reproducing Residence Organs click here.

07/30/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,057 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Walnut Hill Celebrates
One Year In Florida!

Walnut Hill marked its first year in sunny Florida today. Much has happened in our first year here, including getting to see and play many fine Theatre Pipe Organs in the Greater Tampa Metro Area.

The 51st Annual ATOS Convention was held here, the first time such an event has taken place in Tampa. The MidiTzer is gaining in popularity. jOrgan is getting developements from many sources, notable of which is the disposition for the 4/53 Symphonic IV Organ created by Allman Music.

Finally, we released our first CD of fine TPO music from our very own Tom Hoehn at the Mighty Forker Memorial WurliTzer entitled Sounds of Grace.

And so, during our first year in Florida, we celebrate the successes in the Land of the King as more folks come to know and love great music from the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ.

07/29/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,008 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Walnut Hill Reaches A New Milestone!

Today at three in the afternoon, Walnut Hill reached its 26,000th visitor since the hit counter was reset on January 1st of 2005. To date, a total of 35,851 theatre organ enthusiasts have chosen Walnut Hill as a prime destination for information, news, good music, detailed pictures and hot links to other great websites.

This trend is prevailent at other theatre organ sites as well, and also we are seeing the launching of many new sites each week as the King of Instruments continues to gain new listeners and players.

On a final note, computer programs which emulate the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ are being written and refined, allowing anyone with the desire who has a computer to play the theatre organ virtually every day.

07/28/2006

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I want to thank the 25,977 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Owen Jones Builds New Console!

Click here to see Owen Jones' new digital theatre organ console nearing completion.
The horseshoe of the new console nearing completion.

One of our original Featured Artists, Owen Jones of Australia, has been hard at work building a new console for his 3/34 custome Digital Theatre Organ.

For a time, Owen used a converted Conn 651 console for his massive installation. The new console is much larger and will afford him with the space he needs for all those stops. Click here to learn more...

07/27/2006

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I want to thank the 25,937 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/26/2006

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I want to thank the 25,906 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Does The Pipe Organ
Have A Future?

Click here to learn about the future of the King of Instruments.

The drafting of the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive, which went into force on the first of July in 2006, had accidentally encompassed pipe organs and the sound-producing pipes within them. Initial attempts to clarify the position by the IBO yielded no difference in the Commission's view to that on electronic church organs and 'combination' organs which they had confirmed must comply.

The Commission had accepted the unanimous agreement of the Technical Adaptation Committee that pipe organs are outside the scope of an incoming EU Directive which restricts the use of hazardous substances, including lead, in machinery and appliances that are reliant on electricity for their primary function.

This is good news for all those who love the King of Instruments. Click here to read the full story, brought to our attention by Associate Editor Russ Ashworth.

07/25/2006

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I want to thank the 25,881 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Updated SoundFonts For
MidiTzer and jOrgan
Now Available

Click here to find out more about the Symphonic IV Virtual Organ from Allman Music.
JOrgan 2.3 running 4/53 Allman Symphonic IV Virtual Theatre Organ

I've just posted some major updates to the Symphonic IV SoundFont that the VTPO people might be intrerested in.

Here is a brief list of the changes:

  1. Replaced these ranks with long 3 to 4 second stereo pipe samples at 1/3 octave intervals:
    • English Post Horn
    • Trumpet
    • Tibia I and II
    • Vox Humana I and II
    • Cello
    • Viol de Orchestre
    • Musette
    • Kinura
  2. In addition, I've added many new stops to the console which now has over 300 stops.
  3. Changes to the SoundFonts and disposition include:
    • Added "slow rotor" celeste to the B-3 Stops.
    • Rebalanced voicing and made minor adjustments to chamber balance and placements.
    • Replaced Clarinet II with pipe Strings IV
    • Added pipe Strings VII to Solo
    • Many other new stops and couplers added to all manuals.

The new sound font is now over 82MB in size. To download the new files, click here

Please let me know of any bugs, problems or suggestions you have for the console or SoundFonts.

Thanks,

Kent Allman, Allman Music

07/24/2006

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I want to thank the 25,841 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/23/2006

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I want to thank the 25,814 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/22/2006

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I want to thank the 25,792 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/21/2006

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I want to thank the 25,770 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Doc's Father Celebrates 83rd Birthday!

Today, the Bone Doctor's father, William Edwin Mogridge Senior, celebrated his eighty-third birthday. Born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1923, William, known by all his friends as "Honest Abe", spent the day performing on his banjo in an all-day bluegrass show with his eldest of three sons, William Edwin Mogridge Junior, at Music Row located in Maryville, Tennessee.

Music Row, an auditorium that used to be an IGA grocery store, is the gathering place for most of the bluegrass artists and fans who live in and around Blount County. The show is held every Saturday with rehersals on Friday evening. The large facility also provides plenty of rehersal space in several rooms off the 250-seat auditorium.

07/20/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,720 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/19/2006

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I want to thank the 25,665 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/18/2006

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I want to thank the 25,625 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Wallpapers By Fred Willis

As those who visit the site regulary know by now, Fred Willis, our Founding Father, is also on the team that reviews and helps develop some of our graphics.

Fred is not new to graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and a host of other top titles. Having three very powerful computers allows him to create stunning artwork. Below is his latest wallpaper.

Download Fred Willis' Organ in the Mountains, a 1024x819 Wallpaper featuring the Detroit Senate 4/34 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
The Detroit Senate
4/34 Mighty WurliTzer
Theatre Pipe Organ.
Art by Fred Willis, TOSF Member.

This is the second artwork Fred has sent in for all to enjoy.

07/17/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,606 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/16/2006

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I want to thank the 25,554 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

More Pictures Of The 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer At
Lake Brantley High School In Orlando, Florida!

Click here to see our feature on the 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
The keydesk of the 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

We have added more pictures of the 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Lake Brantley High School In Orlando, Florida known as the Don Baker Memorial WurliTzer.

This fine instrument was the featured organ for the Pre Glow show, with our very own master of the TPO, Tom Hoehn at the console.

To see the additional photographs, click here. Enjoy the new shots!

07/15/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,514 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/14/2006

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I want to thank the 25,459 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

JOrgan 2.3 Virtual Organ Control Software
And 4-53 Disposition Free Download!


JOrgan 2.3 running 4/53 Allman Symphonic IV Virtual Theatre Organ

For those of you looking for a larger VTPO to experiment with, I've recently posted an update to my 4/53 Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ Console jOrgan Disposition with SoundFonts. This is a combination of a very large Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ with the customary assortment of standard Theatre Organ Stops plus actual Orchestral and Solo Instruments.

The Philosophy behind this organs disposition is to create a more complete and up to date "Unit Orchestra" with the best of both worlds to enhance the ability for artistic expression. Because the jOrgan Virtual Organ is fully configurable it requires a little more advanced computer skill level to install and run this instrument than the MidiTzer.

To learn more, click here. If you are just beginning to experiment with Virtual Pipe Organs, I'd recommend that you start with Jim Henry's MidiTzer first. To learn more, click here.

Ken Allman

07/13/2006

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I want to thank the 25,413 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/12/2006

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I want to thank the 25,369 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/11/2006

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I want to thank the 25,343 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/10/2006

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I want to thank the 25,299 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/09/2006

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I want to thank the 25,266 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

07/08/2006

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I want to thank the 25,202 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Rialto WurliTzer Console Goes Home!

Click here to learn more about the little TPO that could!

This was reported on the Rialto WurliTzer Yahoo! newsgroup today:

On Saturday, July 8th of 2006, the Rialto Style 216 2/10 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ console went home to the Southland, and took up temporary residence in the Meridian Ironworks Building, 913 Meridian Avenue, South Pasadena. While not ideal, at least the console will be visible for anyone to see, and will hopefully help drum up interest in restoring both the theatre and the organ.

Bob Loesch, former caretaker, Opus 1142

07/07/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,179 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

More Pictures!

In recognition of the first year anniversary of the Walnut Hill Organ Club, I have posted more pictures of the Tennessee Theatre on our Featured Organ of the Month for December 2004 page. These are medium resolution shots, but they do show the incredible beauty of this majestic movie palace. Enjoy!

07/06/2006

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I want to thank the 25,152 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Featured Organ Of The Month
December 2004 Updated!

Click here to visit our feature page on the Tennessee Theatre 3/16 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ, installed at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Tennessee Theatre 3/16 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ,
as it appeared before Ken Crome did the rebuild in 1998.

Minor updates were made to the Featured Organ Of The Month
December 2004, the Tennessee Theatre 3/16 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. The updates include a rewriting of the text and the addition of a picture of the auditorium. More pictures will be added later. Stay tuned...

07/05/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,102 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Hunting For New Pictures...

Not much happened at the office today, but we did find some pictures of the Tennessee Theatre that we shall be incorporating into the Featured Organ for the Month for December of 2004, the 3/16 Mighty WurliTzer known as Princess Elenor. Stay tuned...

We are in an all out photo hunt for good pictures of this fine instrument. After a very exhaustive search, we have yet to find any. That is how we found shots of the theatre which we intend to add to the page in the days ahead. If anyone has a picture of the Princess they want to share, let me know and I will feature it along with credit for the author. Thanks in advance.

CENTER> 07/04/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,069 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Updates To The
Featured Organ Of The Month
For June 2005

Click here to see our feature on Big Bertha, the 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama.
Big Bertha, the 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
installed at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama

The Walnut Hill website is not a static place, and when we find new material, we like to share by updating our content. Thus, it is a work in progress. A case in point, the Featured Organ Of The Month For June 2005. This feature was Big Bertha, the 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama.

Not only did we find some new shots of the organ, but there were also some lovely pictures of the theatre. These pictures are huge and full of detail, being very well done by the Library of Congress on their American Memories Catalogue of Built In America Pages.

To see the complete collection of photographs from which these were taken, click here.

Enjoy, and Happy 4th of July!

07/03/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 25,009 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

25,000 Visitors To The Land Of The King!

Wowzers! Today, another milestone was reached as the hit counter rolled past the 25,000 mark. Add the 9,850 visitors we had during our first nine months of operation and the total is 34,859 wonderful folks who have chosen Walnut Hill as a prime destination in cyberspace for Theatre Pipe Organ enthusiasts.

In other news, the Theatre Organ Academy at Yahoo! is experiencing lively growth with over 180 students enrolled. The Theatre Organ SoundFont Group on Yahoo! now has over 350 members. Also, the Walnut Hill Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ Group on Yahoo! has 165 members. And finally, the Mighty MidiTzer has over 30,000 users worldwide, with VirtualOrgan.com being the most visited TPO website on the internet with over 300,000 page views.

Yes folks, the future is indeed bright for the King of Instruments, the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ. We have each and every one of you to thank for that. Even young people are starting to get interested as we extend our efforts to bring knowledge of this grand instrument to places other than the immediate TPO community, reaching out to cultural centers like deviantART and Renderosity.

Even when you fire up search engines like Google, you see many new and interesting TPO sites popping up and gaining loyal visitors. Long live the King!

07/02/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 24,952 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

The Featured Organ Of The Month For July
The 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer At The Tampa Theatre

Click here to see our July Feature on the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer installed at the Tampa Theatre.
The 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer
installed at the Tampa Theatre.

The The Featured Organ of the Month for July 2006 is the Tampa Theatre's 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. This instrument is a magnificent 3 manual, 14 rank Theatre Pipe Organ maintained by the Central Florida Theater Organ Society.

After several delays, we finally have the story on this wonderful organ and are proud to include it in our list of great installations, now totalling twenty-seven organs. To learn more, click here.

07/01/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 24,947 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Upload Snafu

Yet another day was spent trying to figure out why we could not connect to the site server in California. Finally at around seven this evening, we got in.

My best guess is that there were maintanence operations going on at the site server which have now been completed. As you know if you have been following things at the Theatre Organ Home Page, our gracious hosts have been hard at work upgrading their equipment to give us more bandwidth for faster downloads and future features which were not possible on the older system.

We plan to work overtime through the night to get the July Feature up so that by tomorrow, everyone can enjoy this wonderful installation, the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer installed at the Tampa Theatre. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

In other news, Bob's computer still has errors which continue to have no immediate solutions other than hardware replacement which is currently beyond our financual means. Although he can use the machine, it is extremely buggy and unpredictable.

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