9 thoughts on “Familiars in Print

  1. Why would anybody want books in paper when you can get them in e-format? [Crazy Grin]

    Seriously, I hope that you sell more than it cost to get them into paper format.

  2. You write it, I buy it.
    This way I can loan it out to friends.
    Will write a review as soon as the purchase clears. Thanks.

  3. Bought it, enjoyed it, got copies to give away.

    But the About the Author section caught my eye. You have a disused, historical organ pipe? You’ve been hiding this from us? Open, stopped, or reed? Wood or metal? Speaking length? Tuning mechanism? What stop did it belong to? Do you wind it by mouth? How old was the old organ of Stift Vorau?

    • It’s a reed, tin/lead blend. I’d call it a tirce (1 1/3). I have not tried to make sound with it. The pipe probably dates to the early 1800s, 1815-30 give or take. It’s an odd length, which is why I’m pretty sure it was a tirce, manually adjusted as needed for tuning. The instrument is comparatively small, and was made to mimic a Silbermann in terms of sound.

      • One last thought. At least ten years ago, my brother gave me a book called “Baroque Tricks” by an organist, Ralph Atkin Downes. He found himself involved in questions that usually belong to organbuilders and had some interesting experiences, conclusions, and theories, especially on how pipe scaling affects polyphonal clarity. Sadly, it’s out of print and may be hard to find. But if a copy comes your way, I suggest snapping it up.

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