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#3028146 09/23/20 09:17 AM
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I am a fan of chamber music at home. There are organisations like GroupMuse that offer young musicians a chance to perform in such environments (with Covid, they now focus on streaming). The other is the amateur "Kapelle" tradition, a particularly distinguished German thing for which I have immense respect. Here the performers are from the hosts and guests themselves, usually friends of old.

Such traditions required that homes come with music rooms, able to cater to a small guest audience, and equipped with the typical hard-to-move instruments : piano, harp, double bass, sometimes an organ.

A Jazz set-up, like in this american house, would also include drums.

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I am currently setting up such a room in my flat, geared to baroque chamber music. It will do double duty as library and reception room, using two large adjacent spaces. The first thing I did was install an organ. The visual impact of a row of pipes immediately brands the room, as even a grand piano cannot. I wanted real working pipes, not the décor that many church organist settle for when they buy an electronic instrument for their homes. This is therefore a hybrid instrument. The digital console is a Viscount Sonus 45. Five stops on the main manual connect to the special interface that activates 165 real pipes, provided with wind by a silent little Laukhuff machine housed under the column to the right. The organ builder has astutely disposed the pipes within one of the emptied casement of the built-in oak bookshelves that line the whole room, a library.

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The piano is opposite the organ, and I am now adding an harpsichord. What next ?


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How lovely Vikendios! Maybe next a sofa for the guests to sit on?

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You are setting up this music room in your flat? Have you considered your neighbors?


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It's a small stone building with only four appartments, built a long, long time ago, with thick walls and floors. All the neighbours are friends.


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You installed a true pipes organ at your home, among other instruments! That's serious love for music. I respect that. You live in Paris right? I remember years ago reading Proust novels and how he talks about some private chamber music concerts at some homes. Keep up that noble tradition.

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Originally Posted by Ubu
You installed a true pipes organ at your home, among other instruments! That's serious love for music. I respect that. You live in Paris right? I remember years ago reading Proust novels and how he talks about some private chamber music concerts at some homes. Keep up that noble tradition.

Those pipes look decorative.

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You installed a true pipes organ at your home, among other instruments! That's serious love for music. I respect that. You live in Paris right? I remember years ago reading Proust novels and how he talks about some private chamber music concerts at some homes. Keep up that noble tradition.

Those pipes look decorative.

These pipes are not:

Donald Knuth’s pipe organ

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Originally Posted by DanS
Those pipes look decorative.

Glad you find them good-looking, of course they are not just decorative. Here is a picture of the organ being built. There are three wind-chests, so as to fit all the pipes within the shallow space. The "Bourdon" stop pipes (lead or wood) are in the lower part behind the wooden grille. Wooden pipes are laid horizontally. In order to match the tuning of the digital sounds and real pipes, when both are used together, there is a small mike that listen to the A 440 pipe and electronically tunes the digital organ accordingly.

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Wow! I'm speechless 😮 This is fascinating on so many levels!

I wish rich people in my country would use their money for arts and music rather than showing off with cars, silicone-girls and kitsch houses.

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That's amazing Vikendios.

I did some sound proofing inside my house earlier in the year so I could play the Saxophone during lockdown. And over the summer months in the UK I've managed to renovate my garden workshop, so it's now a viable rehearsal/practice room (again).

But compared with your endeavour mine is small scale stuff!

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On another thread, I commented on my experience with the Spirio "O" which I had for four years and explained why I went on to replace it with a new "A". Well Steinway Paris delivered it a few days ago after a one year wait. It had been regulated and voiced to my requests in Hamburg before shipping, but it took some time to let it rest, and for the technician to come and unlock all the shipping restraints, check it, and tune it. Here is a picture in the library/music room.


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The Makassar finish is surprisingly dark, but I am growing to love it. What is important is the sound, and comparing it with the "O".

I expected more powerful bass, and was not disappointed. But what impresses me most is the consistency of "singing" accross the keyboard. My only gripe with the "O" was the clear difference in sound when going from the single to the double strung notes. None of it now. The top end is also more "crystal-like" and sustained than in the "O", maybe this has to do with the presence of the Steinway "Bell". The "A" has been voiced rather mellow and less bright than is typical, at my request, and the result is a rich, harmonics full tone all the way up to the high pitches. I am delighted.

This is of course love at first sight, but I find that I am now practicing every day one hour more than I did before.


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