The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 11, 2018


1878 Beatty pump organ, playing out, giving out

http://www.alansondheim.org/info3.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/oldorgan1.mp3 (leakage)
http://www.alansondheim.org/oldorgan2.mp3 (collapse)

repairs coming - reattaching left pedal strap, cleaning reeds,
possible valve replacements, dusting, bellows leak reapair

below, description of the finding and procuring of the organ;
Foofwa, Azure, and I made many works with it:

Subject: Today's News
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 01:11:05 -0500 (EST)
Today's News
... the Daniel F. Beatty, Washington, N.J., U.S.A. Golden Tongue
61-key 14-stop pump organ, gold labeling on black above the
keyboard, was found between 3rd and 4th Avenue on a Dean Street
sidewalk, trimmings and back removed and leaning against the
main framework, around 4:30 the afternoon of Thursday, December
19th, 2002, and brought to the corner of Dean Street and 5th
Avenue, at 432, around 5:40 in the evening of the same day, by
Azure Carter, Alan Sondheim, and Mark Esper, where Gary Wiebke
was discovered coming into the same establishment, and his help
solicited, to the effect that Azure Carter carried the
properly-cut Victorian trimmings to the third floor, while Gary
Wiebke and Mark Esper carried the 125-kilo instrument, dating
from late 1878 or early 1879, judging by the serial number, up
two flights of stairs and into Azure Carter's and Alan
Sondheim's apartment, while Azure Carter and Alan Sondheim
cleared a passage in order to eventually move and re-assemble
the walnut, ivory- and ebony-keyed small parlor organ, whose
bellows and suction box were still intact, by replacing the
trimmings and reattaching the back, removing, however, the
outdated electric motor, preferring instead to utilize the
original and still-functioning pedals to good effect, as the
marvelous sonority of Forte, Coupled, Viola, and Sub-Bass
floated over their space, the instrument clearly played properly
and for the first time in a century ...

may die
someday?
i no longer. feel nothing.
Have been afraid that?
yes, but fear itself is like paste.
yes.
you're bypassing here,
shutting down, collapse.
Why sentinels and sound.
some girl's talking, has
nothing i'm saying.

sense. indeterminate, collapse, repair.

existence.
life's this?
lives.

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*/i am hopelessly outdated/*

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