Again we have gained a few members. Welcome and please let me hear from you. Ideas for articles, articles on what you have done to fix or improve your Schober, ads, everything is welcome. Some of the things published in this newsletter are experiences, repairs, suggestions from other members. Not everything may be good advice. Not every opinion might be right, see "Capacitor Controversy" in issue 53, and "Microphone Controversy" in this issue. Consequently I have been advised to make this DISCLAIMER: Follow advice and accept information as being reasonable, at your own risk!
Parts for the mechanical tripper action combination action and the often failing stop tabs are still available, as well as a repair guide. Contact Klann Organ Supply, 301 4th Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980-1152.
One of our new members is Marion L. Clemens (The Piano & Organ Man). He recently retired, but says he would be glad to hear from members of our group who have questions regarding their organ. He may be able to help. His address is 10129 Lapeer Road, Davison, MI 48423, telephone # (810) 653-2439.
One of our members sent the article in ON 53 "MICROPHONE" to a friend who is an engineer at a local radio station. This friend disagreed with the gist of the article. He wrote "The only thing that I can agree with in this statement [article] is that the $200 mikes can't come close to these specs. They cannot, nor would they want to. The microphone element is only a very small part of the design of a microphone. The mount for the element, dead space behind the element, venting of the element and relationship of the element with the front of the microphone, along with shielding and impedance matching, all will affect how that microphone sounds. I have a relatively inexpensive EV microphone ($150) whose specs are far less than the claimed specs of the Digi-Key electret microphones, or even the most expensive Radio Shack microphones…The first thing you will notice is that with the EV microphone, you really don't hear much of anything until there is really something to hear. The problem with electrets is they make their own noise and are so "peaky" in response that you hear things that really are not there…A good microphone does not add anything that is not there…I won't even bother talking about taking a transducer designed by Koss for headphones and replacing a transducer made for a microphone. That would be like taking an diesel engine designed for an 18 wheeler and putting it in a Volkswagen bug!" The engineer and our member were very concerned about hurting the feelings of the person who had the Microphone ideas. I don't think anyone would be hurt by a differing opinion. That's our function. Present ideas, have discussions, make up our minds as to what's best. Please send in your thoughts, ideas and schemes. It makes for interesting reading. Thank you to our member and his friend for their input!
Does anyone know of a Robert B. Pachaly or a Pachaly Group who was in some way involved with Schober? If you do, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred Henn, our founder wrote: “As I mentioned in ON 51, my intention is to form an Alternative Medicine group with a structure like this Schober Orphan's group. Yes…there will be a newsletter to disseminate the information that's gathered. My intent is to use the arrangement that I used just prior to when I turned the gavel over to Alex Kruedener: One SASE and one loose first class stamp for each issue you want to receive. If you'd like more details, please contact me.” Fred Henn, 230 North French Rd., Amherst NY 14228-2033, Phone (716)691-9495 email: email@example.com
One of our Assistant Headmasters, Bill Kohrumel has changed his e-mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill does the graphics and set up of Organ Notes, keeps our membership/address list, and helps with everything else.
Has anyone noticed that the relatively inexpensive Ink-Jet printers require very expensive ink cartridge replacements? You can save a lot by refilling your used up cartridges. Bob Bainbridge gave me the name of a reliable source for refill kits. Contact Chris Cote at: email@example.com. Bob writes: "Chris will need to know the Printers name…The first time you fill an empty cartridge you have to open up the factory fill hole, which is a soft plastic plug about 1/8 inch diameter, by pressing in the point of a small drill (furnished). Do not drill out the hole, but unscrew it, which leaves hole which will take a syringe needle (furnished) with which you inject ink into it."
Fred Henn sent in the following:
Organ Group = www.web1234.com.aoai xxxxDo you have any? Please send them to me.
Banda Records Co. = http://theatreorgans.com/cds/banda.html
E-mail Greeting Cards = www.123cards.com
Sell items = www.ebay.com
IRS on-line service = www.irs.com
Schober web site = www.cloud9.net/~pastark/schober.html
Hopefully by the time the next issue is in the works I will have a scanner. Then I will send some photos of Bob Bainbridge's fabulous Robertone Mark 8 organ to Bill Kohrumel for inclusion. Another portrait is also in the works. If you have an interesting story about yourself and your Schober, or someone else, please submit it! I'm also working on making the little airbags for the Schober Theatre "puff of air" presets, and Recital pedal spring replacements. George Reim sent in information about his preset system, which is quite ingenious. What problems do you have? Let me know please.
If you are "subscribing" to the printed version of Organ Notes, please send me as many SASE's as copies that you want, PLUS two extra stamps for every six issues you send SASE's for. When I mail you your last issue, I will let you know that I have no more SASE's for you. E-mail subscribers need only notify Jack Gildar if your E-mail address changes.
Please Address All Correspondence And SASE DONATIONS TO: ALEX KRUEDENER, 73 N. Lamphear Road, Jamaica, Vermont. 05343 Ph: (802) 874-4894. Email Kruedener@juno.com