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As I left work each night last week, the sky was so beautiful.

Long time, no see!

Date: 2014-01-21 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notdefined.livejournal.com
We have moved up to the Columbia river valley of Washington. I'm building a good sized music studio (31x41 with a loft). Installing 3 Hauptwerk instruments an 1 reed organ. Going to Budapest in 3 weeks to tour several organ installations and have conversations with an acoustical engineer.

Hope you are doing well. Love to see you again.

Date: 2014-01-21 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mlr.livejournal.com
I do read your LJ, so I've been following. Sorry I haven't posted a comment in a while. The organ project sounds very exciting! When you're done, I will probably come see it. I went to S.F. for 8 days at the end of the year, and I missed seeing you and seeing the organ. (My pipe organ is actually very likely going to get a new division. Casavant Frères visited our organ several months ago. I think if I can do some lobbying for the expense, it will be in the bag.)

There is one thing I'm confused about: Roscoe. I do remember a tearful farewell to a new family in CA after he had behaved very aggressively in the van. But then it seems several weeks after the move to Naselle, Roscoe was again part of the family.

I'm sure I will make a trip to Seattle or Portland in the next couple of years. I'll be sure to let you know when that happens.

Date: 2014-01-23 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notdefined.livejournal.com
That is a tale of love, deceit and success. After the last time Roscoe attacked Nigel, Morgan put his foot down. Nigel could not come home until Roscoe was gone. The whole affair smacked of the unknown, but I had played all of my cards, so I had no choice but to get Roscoe out of the house. I solicited the help of the behavior trainer that ran the doggie bootcamp Roscoe attended, but when I took him there, I arranged to have him boarded for a month or so while I tried to figure out what to do. The plan was hatched to just keep the dogs separate since the new house had multiple fenced in areas and could be segregated inside as well when all three were in the house. Morgan moved up first with Rachel and Nigel and a day or so later, I picked up Roscoe. The behaviorist said that Roscoe did well but he was so unsure of himself and that caused him to lash out. Nigel may have also been provoking him. So, I worked with Roscoe and prayed a lot. I was so wrapped up in this dog that I could not give him up. On the day we packed up to move, I held his head in my hands, looked him in the eyes and told him that this was it, I had no more tricks and that I had laid everything on the line for him, he HAD to behave himself. Don't believe anyone who will tell you that dogs do not understand, this one did. Morgan found out that I would not be arriving alone and wasn't too pleased. He rushed the introduction, which made me really tense, but Roscoe handled the situation very well. He made one attempt to lunge at Nigel and I did something I have never done before, I slapped the tar out of him and tossed him across the room. I've never seen a dog looked so shocked and then hurt. It had to be done, and unfortunately, it was my responsibility.

The next day I took him to the vet for his regional vaccines. She absolutely fell in love with him and as I told her about his aggression, she turned me onto a spray called Interostop. She said that it would break up any dogs that were about to start fighting. I doubted it, but when I gave it a try it was like a light switch. Roscoe went from guttural growls and barred teeth to a playful little puppy. I went to the manufacturer's website and discovered that they made a collar with the same pheromone in it and got one. He has worn one since June and peace reigns supreme. Even when Nigel started bugging the heck out of him, Roscoe just shot him a glare, then went over and licked him on the snout. We have since gotten quite tight and that in turn has brought all 3 of them much closer. I couldn't give up on him and I'm glad I followed my heart with a healthy dose of common sense.

Date: 2014-01-23 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mlr.livejournal.com
I'm so pleased that everyone is together and living in doggie harmony. I do know that you are attached to Roscoe. He is a magnificent (and very large) creature.

Date: 2014-01-23 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notdefined.livejournal.com
Give Schoenstein & Co. a contact. They are in Benecia, California and have been turning out some amazing new and rebuilds of instruments large and small. They are particularly skilled at returning EM Skinner organs to the style and voicing they had when Skinner installed them. http://www.schoenstein.com Talk to Louis Patterson and tell him that I referred you to him.

Date: 2014-01-23 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mlr.livejournal.com
I'm familiar with Schoenstein's work.

I played for three years at an Episcopal church here, St. Andrew's. Essentially I was hired by one rector, and not hired by the next. Sounds odd, but that's the way the Episcopal church worked at the time. I was next to last of the entire staff that was replaced. I was replaced of course!! by his former organist. I'll be nice and not comment on her playing or anything. Two and a half years after I left, the church burned to the ground. To replace the organ, Margaret, the new organist, managed to procure the Aeolian-Skinner that was sitting in the 'Old' recital hall at the U. of Texas. (A new recital hall had been built with a resplendent Visser-Rowland tracker instrument.) This was where I went to school so I was familiar with the A.S. instrument - although I never played on it. I had never touched an organ until I was 36 years old. Its removal to a warehouse was controversial in Austin, but a coup for Margaret here in Amarillo. It sat for several years until the new building was ready. It was shipped to CA where Shoenstein did their magic, and then shipped back here and installed. It is a magnificent instrument. And I have to admit that the new location is actually a better fit than the dear Old Recital Hall in Austin - which was a perfect room for chamber music, but maybe not so much for a huge organ. Anyway, it is now featured in a wonderful recital series that M. set up, and I hear it occasionally by a great organist.

I would like to stick with Casavant for several reasons. The small organ I play on is very fine but about 180 degrees from an A.S. It was installed in the the last wave of the Orgelbewegung movement in the early 80s. To expand it requires understanding the philosophy behind its design in the first place. I feel it would be better to have a 100% Casavant organ than a mishmash. But we will be discussing this in the near future.
Edited Date: 2014-01-23 03:39 pm (UTC)



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