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    Icon14 Fantastic Shipping Service by an AFer - non car related

    Although this is not directly car related, I think it is praise well deserved and should not be buried in the Toad Pond.

    Greg Selsby, who is an AF member whose AF name I cannot recall, recently provided fantastic service to the Theatre Organ Society of Australia NSW Division when we needed to ship some new and used theatre organ components from Seattle to Sydney.

    I did not deal directly with Greg on this occasion, but referred him and his company to the project manager of the theatre organ rebuild. Reports are that Greg was very professional and corteous to deal with.

    The goods arrived in good condition and cleared the customs and quarantine hurdles with no problems. They now await installation into their new home when the restoration project gets nearer to completion.

    See the website at http://selsby.com.au/

    Excellent work, and thanks Greg and your team.

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    You are very welcome UFO. It was a pleasure dealing with your mates.

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    Well done guys!!

    Out of Idle curiosity, which organ???

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    The Christie that used to be in the King's Theatre at Gordon YEARS ago. Here is the FB album link for it. You should not need to be a FB member to view this.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1032257&type=3

    The pics of the parts that Greg managed the import for are not on here yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    The Christie that used to be in the King's Theatre at Gordon YEARS ago. Here is the FB album link for it. You should not need to be a FB member to view this.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1032257&type=3

    The pics of the parts that Greg managed the import for are not on here yet.
    Jeezus that's more complicated than a Citroen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthier View Post
    Jeezus that's more complicated than a Citroen.
    Actually I find the similarities between the two quite interesting. A theatre organ, or any wind pressure powered organ for that matter, relies on pressure, selective control of the release of pressure and the resultant sound from the action.

    Theatre organs moved away from the mechanical (tracker) action of older organs and have always had an electrical action. Hence there was a far greater variety of settings and unification across the console than was ever possible on a classical organ.

    The beauty of a theatre organ though, is if it breaks down, it's still where it has to be - not 10s or 100s of km from your desired destination. It is very rare for a complete and utter failure of an organ. Sometimes a pipe may cipher (the valves go open) and you get a note playing you do not want or the reverse and the damn thing will not play.

    Now a final piece of trivia - the man who imported the first Wurlitzer theatre organs into Australia, Walter Crowle, was also (probably) the first to import Citroens. Well at least into Sydney. He also imported heaps of other types of equipment and machinery, and perhaps he used shipping agents of days gone by.

    (hows that for getting back on topic? )
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    Ingenious!
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    Craig. will the installation in St Colums retain any of it's original theatre characteristics ?

    And while we are off topic......any idea what happened to the organ that Jack Penn Hughes had installed in his house at Kogarah ? It filled more than half the house, but what sound !!!
    I think Jack pioneered the installation of many retired theatre organs in churches in the 60s.
    I spent many hours at the keyboard of the one he installed in St Lukes Anglican church, Concord.

    Cheers, Richard

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    Richard

    I had no idea you were a fellow organist.

    Yes the organ will retain all of its theatrical ranks plus some more - including the celesta that was in the gear we imported. It is also receiving another rank. Long term plans may include a linked piano too.

    As the space is large and high we are installing two sets of chamber shutters that can be switched. For normal church use it will probably only run on one pair of shutters but for a concert/show we will flick to two pairs.

    This organ is actually "returning home" as it was in the old St Columbs up until late 1981 and has been stored by us for many years. The new church building was constructed allowing for future organ chambers and this is the major cost we are facing and dealing with. Over $30,000 of building and electrical modifications.

    Read more about the history of the instrument here:

    http://www.theatreorgansaust.info/pd...s%20Gordon.pdf


    As for the Penn Hughes instruments...

    I have actually played a couple of his previous instruments in various guises. Partly at the Capri Theatre in Goodwood SA and also the Kelvin Grove HS hall in Brisbane.

    Read more here

    http://www.theatreorgansaust.info/pd...0residence.pdf

    If you want to read for a few hours have a look at this excellent website

    http://www.theatreorgansaust.info/
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