Click here to visit the official website of WTPO Internet Broadcasting in Ridgecrest, California.

Click here to learn about and purchase the Sounds of Grace CD by Tom Hoehn from Laughing Eyes Music.

Click here to read the latest issue of the American Theatre Organ Society.

Click here to search using Google Advanced Search for Theatre Pipe Organ related websites.

Read the November 2007 issue of the Walnut Hill Gazette. Click here to read the current issue.
Walnut Hill Productions Hot Links For Theatre Organ Lovers The Mighty MidiTzer Project What's New At Walnut Hill? The Walnut Hill Organ The Walnut Hill House Organist The Walnut Hill General Store The Walnut Hill Recording Studio The Walnut Hill Organ Club
The Walnut Hill Mighty WurliTzer Walnut Hill Productions Rummage through the Walnut Hill Archives Featured Artists at Walnut Hill 50th Annual ATOS Convention Walnut Hill Website Credits Frequently Asked Questions - F.A.Q. Featured Organ of the Month The Walnut Hill Mighty WurliTzer

Go back to The Walnut Hill General Store main page. Go back to the October, 2007 page. Go to the Walnut Hill Graphical Website Map Go forward to the December, 2007 page. Go forward to the Walnut Hil Website Credits page.


Volume Four
Issue Ten

The Control Room - Richard Mogridge, Webmaster
Console Up! - Tom Hoehn, Assistant Webmaster
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 - Founding Father
NYTOS Field Reporter - Eugene Hayek - MidiTzer and WurliTzer


ORGAN OF THE MONTH

Click here to learn more about the 3/11 Mighty Kilgen Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio.
Palace Theatre 3/11 Mighty Kilgen - Canton, Ohio


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Office of Operations

Click here to visit the Walnut Hill Office of Operations.

Ridgecrest, California
Office Phone - 1-727-230-2610
Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM PDT


FROM THE WEBMASTER'S DESK


Click here to learn more about the Bone Doctor, Executive producer for Walnut Hill Productions.

Welcome to the Walnut Hill Gazette. We began the month of November playing catch up at the new Ridgecrest Office of Operations, prepairing new HTML code to take the Walnut Hill website to version 5, now long delayed. The site has now reached over 59,510 visitors. There are over 220 pages of content avaiable at the site, with more being added each month.

The Office of Operations was closed from November the 10th through the 12th as I took a trip to Las Vegas to witness the Aviation Nation's Annual Air Show commemorating the Air Force's 60th Anniversary. I covered the event with cameras and recorders. It was a boat load of fun.

Fred Willis, the Founding Father of Walnut Hill, is still in comvalescence in Victorvill. We were hoping to get him transferred to Ridgecrest this month so he can be closer to his friends but those plans are now delayed yet again. Please keep him in your prayers.

I am settling in at Mister Todd's place. The Mighty Conn 650 Analogue Electronic Theatre Organ is installed there and it gets played often. I am gearing up to release some video clips featuring this vintage machine, so stay tuned as the story unfolds.

I want to thank each and every person who visits this site. Without you, there would be no Walnut Hill. God bless one and all. Happy playing and happy holidays in 2007, my friends.

Richard Mogridge
Webmaster/Executive Producer
Walnut Hill Productions
Ridgecrest, California



HEADLINE NEWS


Website Hit Count
Since Founding Day 04/02/2004

Click here to visit the Walnut Hill Office of Operations.
The Main Data Server at Walnut Hill.

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, Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Currently, that total stands at over 59,510 happy campers in the Land of the King!

  • 11/01/2007 - 58,353
  • 11/02/2007 - 58,391
  • 11/03/2007 - 58,426
  • 11/04/2007 - 58,488
  • 11/05/2007 - 58,532
  • 11/06/2007 - 58,567
  • 11/07/2007 - 58,605
  • 11/08/2007 - 58,660
  • 11/09/2007 - 58,702
  • 11/10/2007 - 58,728
  • 11/11/2007 - 58,763
  • 11/12/2007 - 58,802
  • 11/13/2007 - 58,849
  • 11/14/2007 - 58,894
  • 11/15/2007 - 58,943
  • 11/16/2007 - 58,979
  • 11/17/2007 - 59,015
  • 11/18/2007 - 59,059
  • 11/19/2007 - 59,097
  • 11/20/2007 - 59,147
  • 11/21/2007 - 59,164
  • 11/22/2007 - 59,198
  • 11/23/2007 - 59,246
  • 11/24/2007 - 59,303
  • 11/25/2007 - 59,369
  • 11/26/2007 - 59,408
  • 11/27/2007 - 59,468
  • 11/28/2007 - 59,511
  • 11/29/2007 - 59,572
  • 11/30/2007 - 59,629


Music Books For TPO Students

The Walnut Hill General Store announces a landmark event for students of the TPO. By a special arrangement between Cyrus Roton and Howard Leonard Publishing, we are bringing two classic volumes back into print, Sounds of Silents and Vintage Theatre Organ Styles.

Long concidered classic teacjing material by the best in the business, we now offer these tomes of essentual musical knowledge in limited quantity at the Theatre Organ Academy on Yahoo! Music Groups.

Click here to download a 1700 x 2200 JPG image of the cover art for this great book of silent movie music.

Coming soon, Sounds of Silents by Lee Erwin is a wonderful collection of scores for some of the finest silent movies ever made. The music is arranged for all organs and includes classics such as Ohantom of the Opera and Wings.

This book, long out of print, was made available by a special arrangement between Cyrus Roton and Howard Leonard Publishing. Printing is done in limited quantites so place your order now. To do so, go to the Theatre Organ Academy on Yahoo! Music Groups. If you are not a member, please join the group. Once your membership is complete, simply post a note to the group informing Cyrus that you want a copy of this essential volume for your library.

The cost per book, which covers publishing fees, postage and printing, has not been established. Cyrus had this to say about the book. We quote him in blue text below:

I have completed scanning the book, and can now make a test print. I paid the specified royalties to the copyright owner, and expect to receive a signed letter giving me permission to make 25 copies. The current number of requests has greatly exceeded that number, so, I will have to request permission to make additional copies (probably, no problem).

Will wonders never cease ?? Lee Erwin made a recording of the music from that book, and I think I have found a copy. Bought it tonight, on ebay. If the LP turns out to actually be the one in question, I will see if I can get permission to reproduce it, and offer a CD along with the book for anyone who wants it.

Will keep you posted. This is getting interesting.

Cy Roton

Click here to download a 1700 x 2200 JPG image of the cover art for this must-have book chock full of TPO music and tutorials.

Here it is, the all-time difinitive classic volume on how to play the King of Instruments. Vintage Theatre Organ Styles by William McmAins, made available by a special arrangement between Cyrus Roton and Howard Leonard Publishing, is now available in limited quantities, so place your order now. To do so, go to the Theatre Organ Academy on Yahoo! Music Groups. If you are not a member, please join the group. Once your membership is complete, simply post a note to the group informing Cyrus that you want a copy of this essential volume for your library.

The book is a compilation of the four original volumes in the series, along with a CD containing all the original lesson clips and performances from the vinyl records that came with the set. Conveniently bound in a durable comb spine volume which lays flat on the music rack, Vintage Theatre Organ Styles by William McmAins will have you playing that glorious "horseshoe sound" right in your own home.

The cost per book/cd set, which covers publishing fees, postage and printing, is only $40.00.


New Music From The Mighty Conn 650

Click here to learn more about the Mighty Conn 650 Analogue Electronic Theatre Organ at Walnut Hill.
The Mighty Conn 650 at Walnut Hill.

On November 20th of 2007, the Bone Doctor took the bench of the Mighty Conn 650 Analogue Electronic Theatre Organ installed at Mister Todd's place in Ridgecrest for a few numbers he has been working on.

  1. The Hoop-A-Joop Song
    Playing time = 5:10, file size = 4.78MB, bitrate = 136KB/sec.
  2. Cool Water
    Playing time = 5:27, file size = 5.04MB, bitrate = 136KB/sec.

These recordings were made using our trusty Zoom H4 digital audio recorder. The files were opened in SoundForge 6 where noise was removed and levels were optimized, along with adding a touch of reverb with the Waves TrueVerb plugin set to Threatre mode.

Stay tuned as we add more stuff from this wonderful machine in the days ahead. Thanks go out to fellow Walnut Hill Wall of Fame member Paul Kealy who donated the organ to Walnut Hill.


Slow Dog's Place On deviantART

The largest gathering of artists on the internet today is deviantART. Here, you will find all kinds of artwork from folks all over the world. The Bone Doctor has created a page on dA which serves as a portal to the Walnut Hill website.

There, you will find some nice TPO wallpaper and many other photo's and renders from his many areas of interest. You will also meet the many wonderful friends he has made in his short tenure there. Enjoy!


Slow Dog's Place on YouTube!

Click here to visit the Slow Dog's Place on YouTube!

The Bone Doctor, in conjunction with YouTube, now has a site featuring videos recorded live at the Dorothy Steiner Residence on the wonderful Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at her home in Baltic, Ohio. Audio from this concert is available on the Featured Organ of the Month page for this great instrument.

There are currently two videos on the page, the first being an original composition entitled Suite in G for TPO. The second video is a rendition of the classic made famous by Patsy Cline entitled The Tennessee Waltz. To listen to and watch these new clips, click here. Enjoy!


New Gigastudio Sample Set
For MidiTzer Now Available

Joe Hardy, fellow member of the Theatre Organ SoundFonts group on Yahoo! Music Groups, has informed us of the availability of a new Gigastudiosample set that promises to bring stunning realism to the Mighty MidiTzer and jOrgan VTPO's.

You can now download (totally FREE of charge) the complete set of GigaStudio Orchestra ranks and support files for the MidiTzer 216 and 260SP which Kent Allman of Allman Music in Saint Petersburg, Florida has graciously agreed to host. The same project file is used for both as the Style 216 is a subset of the Style 260SP. We strongly recommend all MidiTzer/GSO users to upgrade to the 260SP - even if you have only two manuals. Two very good reasons for this are:

1 - You get nine sumptuous additional ranks as well as the Vibraphone (instead of Sleigh Bells) and a nice Piano.

2 - By making a $100 donation as Jim Henry requires for the 260SP, you will be helping to support the care and maintenance of real theatre pipe organs.

From time to time, new ranks (if they're better) will be substituted and documentation will be gradually improved. This current VTPO, if played through suitable speakers, will truly amaze and delight you and your listeners.

The link to the page where these downloads are found is:

http://prosites-allmanmusic.homestead.com/UniversalVTPOGig.html

To download the files below, select a file via right-click and choose "Save File As..." from the fly-out menu. We suggest putting all the files in a common folder prior to extracting them. Follow the instructions given on Kent's USGF site for the proper installation of these glorious new sounds. Many thanks go out to Joe Hardy, Jim Henry, and all those other hard working folks who have made this latest crop of virtual ranks possible. Enjoy!


Don Hayek's GSO MidiTzer 260SP

Click here to listen to Eugene Hayek at the console of the Lafayette Theatre's Mighty 2/11 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Eugene Hayek at the Lafayette Theatre's
Mighty 2/11 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Fellow Walnut Hill Wall of Fame member Eugene "Don" Hayek sent in this wonderful performance on his Mighty MidiTzer Style 260 Special with GSO and the UGSF sample set loaded. The song is entitled Blue Skies.

Blue Skies
Playing time = 3:22, file size = 3.09MB
File type = MP3, Bit rate = 128KB/sec.

Don had this to say about the song. We quote him in blue text below:

Hi Richard,

I'm sending you this because I don't know if it will fit on the forum files area. It's the first decent tune I've recorded using Joe Hardy's UGSF on Miditzer/GS3. Almost any combo of ranks sounds good with these sounds of Joe's. I'm in love.

Eugene Don Hayek
Edonmusic - Ramsey, NJ

Don's videos on YouTube
The original Edonmusic website
Featured Artist at Walnut Hill


GigaStudio Sound and Support Files
for the MidiTzer Style 216 and 260SP

Click here to learn about and download the Mighty MidiTzer Style 216. Go ahead. It's free!

Click here to learn more about the Mighty Symphonic IV Orchestral VPO from Allman Music!
Symphonic IV Orchestral VPO from Allman Music

These files also work with jOrgan. Kent Allman posted this at Yahoo! TOSF on November 20th, 2007. We quote him in blue text below:

I just got a notification from my web server provider that we had already gone over 78% of our 70Gb bandwith allotment for the month. To make sure that I don't run out of bandwidth for the downloads, I've subscribed to the next highest tier for 100Gb of bandwidth. Out of curiosity, I got to checking the web stats and I noticed that my jOrgan page has had 10,875 hits since it was created a year and half ago, while the new USF page created 01/07 has already had 4,737 hits and the new UGSF page which was created last month already has 908 hits.

What this seems to indicate is that there appears to be a building interest in VTPO's, especially in the area of the USF and UGSF theatre organ files. All of this makes me very happy to see this kind of interest in virtual theatre organs. In my way of thinking, the more people that become involved with VTPO's means the more people that most likely will want to get involved with the real thing! In the end, if we can save a few more of these beautiful instruments for the next generation to hear and appreciate, it will all have been worthwhile.



Click here to visit the official website of the Theatre Organ Society International.

TOSI Web Site
Gets Major Update!

From: djb
To: theatreorgans-l@theatreorgans.com
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 12:28:28 PM
TOSI Web Site

Greetings all,

I would like to invite you all to visit the totally revamped and vastly improved web site of Theatre Organ Society International. There are new features being added regularly and I know you'll enjoy your visit with us. Take a few minutes and have a look!

http://www.theatreorgansocietyinternational.com

Thanks!

Dan Bellomy
Council/Director TOSI


Relocation Fund Drive

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 limited income. Replacing his personal property and the musical equipment lost after the relocation from Tennessee early in 2007, along with aquiring and maintaining a new residence, will be very expensive.

Most of the company's original equipment was left in Tennessee due to the high cost of shipping. These items must eventually be replaced. Below is a partial listing of the items we need 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 (Ship to CA from TN)
  2. Yamaha FG335 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (Ship to CA from TN)
  3. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar (Ship to CA from TN)

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 and items to date:

Name

  • Tom Hoehn
  • Gareth Howells
  • Jim Reid
  • Cyrus Roton
  • William Spalding
  • Larry Chamberlin
  • Kent Allman
  • Fred Willis
  • Joseph Loewy
  • Ronald Shreve
  • Dan Rowland
  • Eleanor Winnemore
  • Earl Hurty
  • Edward Burnett

Amount

  • $ 50.00
  • $ 50.00
  • $300.00
  • $500.00
  • $100.00
  • $100.00
  • $100.00
  • $200.00
  • $ 50.00
  • $ 25.00
  • $ 50.00
  • $100.00
  • $ 35.00
  • $ 50.00

Method

  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • PayPal
  • Check
  • Check
  • PayPal
Name
  • Bob Upward
  • Paul Kealy
  • Fred Willis
  • Mister Todd
Item
  • Zoom H4
  • Conn 650
  • A/V Gear
  • Office
Description
  • Recorder
  • Organ
  • Studio
  • Residence

These most kind and generous folks have earned memberships in the Walnut Hill Organ Club and will be notified of their membership status when the club goes official. We have decided to push forward with the organization while awaiting an ATOS charter. Club members will receive printed certificates and membership cards, plus access to the WHOC online community via direct email notifications. This is just a small token of appreciation for all who are making the Walnut Hill website possible and freely available for the world to enjoy.

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

Funds received to date: $1,710.00

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
1229 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.



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See and buy all kinds of musical equipment. Click here to visit Allman Music today!

Learn about the next big thing in Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ Technology. Click here to see the complete line of Virtual Theatre Pipe Organs available for download at Allman Music!
Richard "Kent" Allman at the console of his
Symphonic IV Virtual Pipe Organ for jOrgan.



Mighty MidiTzer Style 216
Version 0.8 Now Available!

Click here to get your copy of the Mighty MidiTzer by Jim Henry and Crew Glasjev.

Download MidiTzer Version 0.84

Did you ever imagine you could put a Theatre Pipe Organ inside your computer? Well, now you can, with the Mighty MidiTzer by Jim Henry and Crew Glazjev. Best of all, it is absolutely free!

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



Mighty MidiTzer Style 260 Special
Version 0.7 Now Available!

Click here to download a very large 5783 x 7483 JPG image colorized by Walnut Hill Founding Father Fred Willis showing the console of the Mighty WurliTzer Style 260 Special Theatre Pipe Organ.
Flyer cover for the MidiTzer 260 Special
Colorized image by Fred Willis.

Click here to find out how you can get your copy of the new Mighty WurliTzer Style 260 Special Theatre Pipe Organ.
Click here to learn more about
the Mighty MidiTzer 260 Special.



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 PDT. 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.



Go back to The Walnut Hill General Store main page. Go back to the October, 2007 page. Go to the Walnut Hill Graphical Website Map Go forward to the December, 2007 page. Go forward to the Walnut Hil Website Credits page.

Click here to visit the official website of the Walnut Hill Organ Club based out of Ridgecrest, California.

Click here to visit the official website of the Mighty MidiTzer at http://www.virtualorgan.com/.

Click here to purchase Mighty MidiTzer Logo Merchandise from Russ Ashworth at the Cafe Press.

Click here to visit The Theatre Pipe Organ Page, presented by Eugene Hayek and Edonmusic.

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