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Volume Two - Issue Eight

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

08/31/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,561 visitors to our site this year.

Dan Rowland Is Inducted Into The
Walnut Hill Wall Of Fame

Click here to visit Dan Rowland's Wall of Fame page and see his custom built Mighty MidiTzer console.
Dan's Mighty MidiTzer console with the doors closed.

Dan Rowland is a member of the Theatre Organ SoundFonts group and our Walnut Hill VTPO group at Yahoo!. Dan has a son named David who loves him and his music so much that he built a custom console for his father's Mighty MidiTzer.

Dan is the fourteenth member to be inducted into the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame. It is an honor to have him up there.

08/30/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,464 visitors to our site this year.

Walnut Hill Grows In Popularity

We are now in the process of tweaking the entire site in preparation for the move to version 5. Banners are being made active and small corrections are underway to make our site the best it can possibly be. We are averaging 1,030 visitors per month, an all-time high.

Walnut Hill Productions now ranks as number 1 for all TPO related sites on the internet. Finally, our Walnut Hill VTPO group on Yahoo! now has 106 members and our message board has reached a new record of 116 messages for a one month period.

The Nineth Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the nineth of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
Musical Water Fountain

The nineth page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! The last one is finally up after much overtime work on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the six days of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see odd stuff that is hard to classify in any of the other pages but interesting nonetheless.

08/29/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,394 visitors to our site this year.

Attendence to our site continues to grow. We are showing an average all-time high of 1,030 visits per month. Also, the Walnut Hill VTPO group on Yahoo! now has 105 members.

The Eighth Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the eighth of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
4/52 WurliTzer stop sweep

The eighth page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There is one more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains more shots from the sixth day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see England's Theatre Pipe Organ legend Len Rawle performing on the 4/52 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at John Ledwon's Agoura Organ House.

The Seventh Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the seventh of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
San Sylmar 4/74 Wurlitzer

The seventh page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are two more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the sixth day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see the Nethercutt Locomotive and Lyn Larsen performing on the 4/72 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ in the The Nethercutt Collection, the largest instrument of its kind on the West Coast.

The Sixth Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the sixth of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
The Nethercutt Collection

The sixth page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are three more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the sixth day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see a few of the many fine automobiles in the The Nethercutt Collection.

The Fifth Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the fifth of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
Allen LL324Q stop sweep

The fifth page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are four more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the fifth day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see Barry Baker performing on the Pasadena City College 4/23 Wurlitzer, Lyn Larsen performing on the Allen LL324Q Digital Theatre Organ at the legendary Rialto Theatre, and the Final Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Pasadena Hilton.

The Forth Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the forth of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
El Capitan stop sweep

The forth page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are five more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the forth day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see the El Capitan Theatre 4/37 Mighty Wurlitzer played by Walt Strony, John Ledwon performing on the 3/13 Barton installed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra performing at the Hollywood Bowl.

08/28/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,218 visitors to our site this year.

The September Feature Is Up

Today, we finished with most of the work on the September Featured Organ of the Month page. There are now lots of information about the organ, and many songs to download from Tom Hoehn and the Bone Doctor. There is a total of over an hour of great music for you to enjoy from this wonderful 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ at Johnnie June Carter's Pipe Organ Paradise in Wimauma, Florida.

08/27/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctorr. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,156 visitors to our site this year.

Johnnie June Carter's 3/12 Grande Page Is
September Featured Organ of the Month

Click here to visit Pipe Organ Paradise, our Featured Organ of the Month for September, 2005.
Johnnie June Carter at Pipe Organ Paradise

We are continuing work on the September Featured Organ of the Month. You can now view this new page, but it is still under construction. This page promises to be our biggest feature yet!

Be sure to visit this page often as we add more content in the days ahead.

Enjoy!

08/26/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,118 visitors to our site this year.

Pipe Organ Paradise Revisited

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Johnnie June Carter's magnificent 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Pipe Organ Paradise, Wimauma, Florida.

Today, Tom and I went down to Wimauma, Florida to see and play Johnnie June Carter's wonderful 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ.

This is the second excursion we have made to this great installation. For those who do not know, Johnnie is the Vice President of the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, a proud chapter of the ATOS.

Tom and I recorded the magnificent organ and brought back some neat sounds, some of which is being featured as our September Featured Organ of the Month at Walnut Hill.

This organ has a magnificent sound and is very beautiful to look at. It is extremely user friendly and has a bevvy of tones that blend well as it speaks into a large room Johnnie refers to as Pipe Organ Paradise.

08/25/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,025 visitors to our site this year.

Attendence to our site continues to skyrocket, largely due to the addition of new content, but also as a result of word of mouth and crosslinking on the internet. This makes us very happy knowing that the future of the King of Instruments is bright, indeed!

08/24/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 8,004 visitors to our site this year.

Traffic Increases At Walnut Hill

Attendence to our site has reached an all time high of 1,000 visitors per month! Tom Hoehn was our 8,000th visitor. He came in from his overnight help desk supervisor office at IBM's Tampa, Florida headquarters.

This has been one of our goals since going online in April of 2004. To meet that goal, we have to reach another one, and that is to be the best Theatre Pipe Organ site on the internet, always having great pictures and songs, always having something new.

To that end, folks have came forward with clips and pictures, comtributing to our site generously. These people have wrought our little corner of cyberspace into one of the highest quality sites in the Land of the King.

But, there are three people who get special credit for making this all happen. First, let us thank Jerry Kautz at the Theatre Organ Home Page for allowing us to be on his hosting server. Second, let us thank Fred Willis, who contributed funds and equipment so that we could present this site to you. Finally, let us thank Tom Hoehn for making dreams come true by taking the Bone Doctor in when disaster happened, and then taking him to see and play some of the finest Theatre Pipe Organs in the world.

There have been a total of 17,854 folks click on our site since we opened our doors. We must be doing something right.

Last night, our Yahoo! group, Walnut Hill VTPO, signed up its 101st member.

Folks are enjoying our content in both places, and I want to thank everyone for making Walnut Hill what it is today. It is you we serve and this service is a priviledge and an honor.

In closing, I want to thank all the members of the new Walnut Hill Organ Club for being the best friends a crusty old professor could ever hope to have. These fine folks formed a family of unstoppable Theatre Pipe Organ enthusiasts, the likes of which the world has never seen, during the 50th Annual ATOS Convention in Pasadena, California. To learn more about them, visit the Walnut Hill Organ Club page here at the site.

08/23/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,895 visitors to our site this year.

Website Tweaks And Additions

We have worked on Per Schultz's Wall of Fame Page, but we still have more to do. It is beginning to shape up. We also went through much of the entire site, correcting small flaws we found and tweaking things here and there. Stay tuned...

We also replaced some of the files on Jim Reid's Featured Artist page with newer ones he sent in, along with the addidtion of a new piece entitled When Fools Rush In. Visit his page and give all his material a listen. You'll be glad you did!

Bob Moog Promoted To Glory

Click here to learn more about the Promotion to Glory for Bob Moog.
Bob Moog

Robert "Bob" Moog, father of the modern synthesizer, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2005 at age 71. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2005.

The Moog synthesizer will always hold a special place in my memories, as I used many of them on records that I made early in my musical career, including the Satellite, MiniMoog, and the Studio 55 System.

To learn more about Bob's passing, click here ....

http://www.moogmusic.com/

08/22/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,787 visitors to our site this year.

Per Schultz Is Inducted Into The
Walnut Hill Wall Of Fame

Click here to visit Per Schultz and his Mighty Rodgers Theatre Organ on the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame.
Per Schultz and his Mighty Rodgers Theatre Organ.

Per Schultz, a resident of Stockholm, Sweden, is the thirteenth Inductee to the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame. We are honored to have him on board.

Per also holds the office of Hardware Engineer in the Walnut Hill Organ Club.

This page is still under heavy construction, so wear your hard hat and watch your step, checking back often as we add new content to this page, our 113th here at Walnut Hill.

New Song Added To The
The Bone Doctor's Sessions Page

Today, we uploaded another song to The Bone Doctor's Sessions page entitled You Are My Flower by A. P. Carter. This is the title track from a soon to be released CD by the Bone Doctor entitled Grace, You Are My Flower, featuring the sound of the majestic J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.

We also added some information and album art with hot links related to the two songs on this page. Things are beginning to take shape at last.

Enjoy!

08/21/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,680 visitors to our site this year.

New Page Added To
The Bone Doctor's Section

Today, we added a new page in the Bone Doctor's section entitled The Bone Doctor's Sessions. This page features the various Theatre Pipe Organs the Doc has been priviledged to play since his arrival in sunny Florida.

On this new page can be found new songs Doc has performed on these organs. As they become available, you will be able to listen in as the Doc takes the TPO into uncharted territory.

The addition of ths new page brings the total page count at the site to 112, with more on the way. Stay tuned.

Enjoy!

08/19/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,549 visitors to our site this year.

~ Special Report ~
The Bone Doctor Starts Work
On A New Album!

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image looking over the Bone Doctor's shoulder as he plays the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.
The Bone Doctor at
Grace Baptist Church

After many months of planning, the Bone Doctor finally gets down to "bidness" on a new record entitled Grace, You Are My Flower, featuring his favorite TPO, the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Grace Baptist Church and the unwavering help and support of Tom Hoehn, this new album is underway with the first song in the can, entitled My Walking Stick by Irving Berlin in 1938.

To see the full story on this endevour, visit the latest page we are adding to our site, The Bone Doctor's Sessions. This new page, under heavy construnction, will bring the page count at the site to 112.

08/18/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,425 visitors to our site this year.

~ Special Report ~
South Florida Organ Crawl

Today the Vice President of the ATOS, Bob Davidson, arrived at Tom Hoehn's house to take Tom and the Bone Doctor on a trip to see two of Florida's very fine Theatre Pipe Organ installations.

We went straight away to the Tampa Marriott Hotel, residency for attendees of the upcoming 2006 51st ATOS Convention to be held in the Greater Tampa Bay area. There, we met up with Bob MacNuer, one of the world's most respected Theatre Pipe Organ technicians and builders. Everyone got in Bob Davidson's car, and we continued on our trek to see the two organs and meet those who care for and play them.

First Stop, Tampa Theatre

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the Tampa Theatre 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Tampa Theatre 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

We arrived at the Tampa Theatre and were greeted by Bill Shrive, caretaker of the organ. We then went inside to find a beautiful auditorium restored to its 1926 glory. There, on a well worn stage, sat one of Florida's finest installations, the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Tom Hoehn at the console of the Tampa Theatre 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Tom Hoehn at the console of the
Tampa Theatre 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Tom Hoehn took the bench and proceeded to take the organ through its paces. The sound was rich and warm, and Tom's playing was excellent as Bob Davidson and Bob MacNeur sat front row center, listening intently to every note as the Bone Doctor took many digital photographs.

As Tom demonstrated his artistry, Bill Shrive and Doc, with camera at the ready, went about exploring the facilities.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the Bone Doctor at the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
The Bone Doctor at the console of
the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

During a short break in Tom's show, the Bone Doctor took the bench of the splended instument and hammered out some of the tunes he is working on for a soon to be released CD entitled Grace, You Are My Flower. Tom soon returned to the stage and continued wowing us all.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the uniquely decorated Spencer blower that breaths life into the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
The Spencer blower that breaths life into
the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Here, we see the Spencer blower that provides the wind needed to sound the pipes of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. This has to be the most beautifully decorated blower we have ever seen.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Bill Shrive standing next to the Tampa Theatre Lighting Control System.
Bill Shrive at the Tampa Theatre Lighting Control System.

Here, we see Bill Shrive standing next to the Tampa Theatre Lighting Control System, one of only a few such arrays still in perfect working order.

Second Stop, Johnnie June Carter's House

Click here to download a 1536 x 2048 JPG image of Johnnie June Carter at the console of<BR>the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ
Johnnie June Carter at the console of
the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ

Johnnie refers to her installation as Pipe Organ Paradise, and indeed, it is. Doc, never having been up close and personal with a Page, found the music it made to be astoundingly sweet. This magnificent instrument is one of the few remaining Page Theatre Pipe Organs still in existance.

The installation is to be featured in September on the Featured Organ of the Month pages at Walnut Hill. This is one feature you do not want to miss!

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Tom Hoehn at the console of<BR>the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ
Tom Hoehn at the console of
the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ

Tom took to the organ right away, hand registering the stops as if he had built the organ and knew every one. For over an hour, he impressed us with his skills, putting on a show we would never forget.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Johnnie, Bob Davidson and Bob MacNeur enjoying the music of Tom Hoehn at the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ
Johnnie Carter, Bob Davidson and Bob MacNeur enjoying
Tom's music on the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ

Tom had a captive audience as he demonstrated the myriad tonal flavors of the lovely Page Theatre Pipe Organ. Johnnie beamed from ear to ear with glee, as the beautiful instrument rang out into Pipe Organ Paradise.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the Bone Doctor at the console of the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ
The Bone Doctor at the console of
the Mighty 3/12 Page Theatre Pipe Organ

After Tom finished wowing us, the Bone Doctor humbly took the bench and ground out some of the tunes he will be featuring on his upcoming CD entitled Grace, You are My Flower, along with some old fashioned mountain gospel hymns.

08/17/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,387 visitors to our site this year.

Chaz Bender inducted into the
Featured Artists Section

Click here to visit Chaz Bender in our Featured Artists Section playing the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Crace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.
Chaz Bender at the console of the
J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Chaz Bender is the seventh artist to be featured in the Featured Artists Section here at Walnut Hill. On his page, you can download many songs from a session he did recently on the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.

With the addition of his fine playing featured on his own page, we now have 111 pages at the site, with more to come.

Enjoy!

08/15/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,240 visitors to our site this year.

The Third Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to Click here to see the third of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
3/10 WurliTzer stop sweep

This page contains photographs from the third day of the convention, where Tom Hazelton played the newly installed 3/22 Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ at South Pasadena High School, and Bob Mitchell accompanied the silent movie Wings on the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Orheum Theatre. Also to be seen is the Bone Doctor playing the Mighty MidiTzer and Bill Irwin on the Mighty Allen Digital Theatre Organ at the Pasadena Hilton.

Enjoy!

08/14/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 7,125 visitors to our site this year.

~ August 2005 Featured Organ ~
Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes

Click here to download a 1536 x 2048 JPG image showing the back rail stops on the 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes in Ellenton, Florida.
Black Beauty, the 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer at
Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes in Ellenton, Florida

The Featured Organ for the month of August 2005 is installed at Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes in Ellenton, Florida. This 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ must be seen to be believed, with its Art Deco Waterfall console and numerous modern features. There are so many goodies on this machine that it will take us the rest of the month to expound on them in our newset feature, a work in progress.

During our recent visit to the restaurant, we took over one hundred pictures and talked at length to the owners and caretakers of this great eatery and its fine organ. They generously allowed us to have a go on the instrument they lovingly refer to as Black Beauty, and a beauty she is, indeed.

Be sure to check this feature often as we add new content throughout the month and beyond.

Enjoy!

08/13/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,925 visitors to our site this year.

~ Special Report ~
A Trip To Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes

Yesterday, Tom Hoehn took the Bone Doctor southward to Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes to see one of Florida's finest Theatre Pipe Organs, affectionately known as "Black Beauty." This organ was built in 1931 and has a colorful history. To learn more about this huge instrument, visit the Roaring Twenties Pizza and Pipes Mighty WurliTzer page. To see more pictures of the installation see our Featured Organ for the month of August.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 pixel image of the Bone Doctor at the console of the Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
The Bone Doctor at the console of the
4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

Here, we see the Bone Doctor playing Black Beauty. Bill Vlasac, caretaker and featured artist at the restaurant, told the Doc that he did good for having never played the instrument before. This is what Doc had to say about this splendid organ:

Well, I wasn't as nervous sitting down to this console as I was at Grace Baptist Church, probably because Grace was the first large WurliTzer I have ever played.

Right away, I discovered that the keys were nice and firm and the Second Touch was very easy to get at. I kept hitting the Second Touch accidently at first, but soon, I got used to it. The organ was just an absolute boatload of fun to play, using Tom Hoehn's excellent set of combinations on the General Pistons. Not having time to learn my way around the console, I figured that Tom's settings would do just fine and they did, indeed! I had a blast.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 pixel image of Bill Vlasac sevicing the chimes on the Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Bill Vlasac servicing the chimes on the
4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

Bill Vlasac, one of the two house organists at Roaring 20's and caretaker of this fine instrument, was there working on the organ when we arrived. He was extremely nice and accomodating, letting me sit right down and ride the console up to stage level to play, and play I did. I got to spend a super thirty minutes giving the Black Beauty a go. One thing is for sure: I cannot wait to play her again!

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 pixel image of Tom Hoehn at the console of the Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Tom Hoehn at the console of the
4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

Here, we see Tom Hoehn playing Black Beauty. Tom knows his way around this instrument quite well, having set up his own combinations as a result of getting to play the organ on a regular basis. Tom played for about a half hour and then helped Bill get the chimes dialed in. All together, we spent nearly two hours at this great restaurant, enjoying a truly magnificent instrument, one of the finest in the world.

08/12/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,866 visitors to our site this year.

The Second Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the second of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
Opus 2103 stop sweep

The second page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are many more to come as we forge ahead on this long overdue project.

This page contains shots from the second day of our stay in Pasadena, California, where we get to see the Disney Auditorium 4/100 Pipe Organ in Hollywood, the Dobson Opus 75 Pipe Organ at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and the Plummer Auditorium 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

08/11/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,830 visitors to our site this year.

The First Page Of Pictures
50th Annual ATOS Convention

Click here to see the first of nine pages in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention Photo Album.
Walker RTO-3/35 Digital Theatre Organ

After a long wait, the first page of pictures is now up in the 50th Annual ATOS Convention photo album! There are many more to come in the days ahead.

This page contains shots from the first day of our trek to Pasadena, California, where we get to see the original home of Walnut Hill, the Walker RTO-3/35 Digital Theatre Organ played by the Bone Doctor and Tom Hoehn, and the Pasadena Civic Center where the opening night concert took place.

Major Malfuntions Plague
The Walnut Hill Main Data Server

Last night and today, we did some major troubleshooting on our Main Data Server. After rebuilding the system and then returning it to a previous build, we have deduced that we have some faulty hardware as a result of the water damage from the storm in Maryville, Tennessee last month and more damage as a result of the rough ride during the recent move to Clearwater, Florida at the beginning of this month. These problems have delayed us quite a bit in getting new content on the site, coupled with some real gnarly snafus at the Theatre Organ Home Page, our gracious host. The TOHP problems appear to have been solved, but our server is not fairing so well, although it still runs.

The symptoms of the damage are these:

  1. The machine locks up if any video file is played, but only after any multimedia player is exited. It does not matter which player is used.
  2. The monitor will not obtain or hold a refresh rate other than 60Hz, even though we have been able to get it there a few times.
  3. There are bugs in the shut-down and start-up sequences that have no explanation, even after many debugging routines have been run.

The suspected causes of these symptoms are these:

  1. There is apparently damage to the video subsystem as a result of the motherboard dying during the flood.
  2. There is a faulty cable coming from the monitor and going to the video engine in the server. This is an old problem.
  3. There is probably damage to other components in the system that have yet to be found. We must study things more thoroughly.

The solutions to these problems are:

  1. Replace the video subsystem, which includes an ATI Radeon 9000 128MB AGP engine and a separate ATI PCI stereo TV tuner.
  2. Replace the monitor or, more preferably, repair the cable on the existing one. This is a high-resolution 19-inch Philips 109B flat CRT.
  3. Replace any other defective hardware, suspecting the Sony DVD-ROM reader and the 80-conductor ATA100 IDE cable feeding it.

These repairs can wait however, as we are still able to administer the Walnut Hill website, which is our main concern at the moment. As the funds become available, we plan to do the necessary repairs to our ailing server which is now over three years old with lots of hours on it. We thank you for all the patience you have exibited during these very trying times for Walnut Hill. Things can only get better from here on.

08/10/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,766 visitors to our site this year.

Two New Sections Added
To Walnut Hill

Today, we added two new sections to the Walnut Hill website.

The first section is a photo album showing what went on during this history making event in Pasadena, California during the first week of July, 2005.

The second is for the new proposed ATOS chapter based out of Clearwater, Florida and dedicated to the Mighty MidiTzer by Jim Henry.

Both sections are under heavy construction so watch your step and wear your hardhat as we bring this new content to you in the days ahead.

08/08/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,617 visitors to our site this year.

July 2005 Issue Of The
Walnut Hill Gazette Updated!

Today we updated the July issue of the Walnut Hill Gazette. There was supposed to be a report on the move to Florida but we did not have time to post the story in a timely mannor because of the downtime during the move.

Now that the Main Data Server is running again, we are updating the site as rapidly as we can. The amount of work to do is staggering but we will eventually get there and we thank you for your patience. The wait will be worth it, indeed.

08/06/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,400 visitors to our site this year.

~ Special Report ~
A Trip To Grace Baptist Church
Tom And Doc Play Forker Memorial Organ

Tom Hoehn took the Bone Doctor southward to Sarasota to Grace Baptist Church today. Upon entering the church, a magnificent sight greeted them. Sitting on the right hand side of a large parquet floored stage and surrounded by low wood railing sat a huge Theatre Pipe Organ console belonging to the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

As those who visit Walnut Hill know, this is the instrument pictured on our front page. For over two years, the Bone Doctor has been studying this machine, hoping that one fine day he might get the opportunity to play it, but wondering how this might happen. Well, today, it did!

The Bone Doctor finally gets to play the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 pixel JPG of this picture.
The Bone Doctor finally gets to fullfill a dream, playing the
J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

After the Doc played this beautiful instrument for nearly an hour while Tom took photo's, he got up to let Tom have a go. Tom sat down and commenced to take the organ through its paces, using every stop at his disposal. Both performances were recorded on floppy disk as MIDI files.

Tom Hoehn playing the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 pixel JPG of this picture.
Here, we see Tom Hoehn playing the
J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Tom and Doc plan a return visit to Grace later on to do some serious recording of the huge organ. When these recordings are mastered, they will be available here at Walnut Hill. The MIDI files are not currently available and will not be released until they have been studied and prepared for our resident MIDI guru, Clint Savage.

08/01/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor. God bless all who come here.

I want to thank the 6,310 visitors to our site this year.

We have completed the move from Maryville, Tennessee to Clearwater, Florida. More details later so stay tuned...

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