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1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

Last post 10-20-2012, 8:02 by Tony P. 5 replies.
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  •  10-18-2012, 18:24 556120

    1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    Most people, when they hear an organ played, don't really understand what makes it happen although they appreciate the music. This is a short clip from my documentary of a 1924 Kimball pipe organ that was restored and re-installed into it's original place at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana (US). Probably the most stunned person in the world was ME, who never considered the history, art, and complexity of bringing back the sound and beauty of an instrument such as this. The clip is very short. The full documentary will be about 55 minutes... each minute telling a story about some facet of the process. Anyway, I hope you like this quick glimpse at a process most people don't have an opportunity to experience. The Bunn=Minnick Organ Company, from Columbus, Ohio (US) did the restoration and each employee is a true artist and professional. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmXGicpehwU
  •  10-18-2012, 18:52 556121 in reply to 556120

    Re: 1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    WOW! - Well worth watching Larry. When do we get to see the full version.
  •  10-18-2012, 19:34 556122 in reply to 556121

    Re: 1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    David, the full documentary version should be ready by mid-November. There still needs to be some additional footage shot of the organ being played as if in concert, and maybe a very short interview about the financing. The restoration (as I understand it so far) cost about $250,000 (US), and the instrument today has been appraised for insurance purposes for just over $1,000,000 (US). The instrument is amazing by today's standards, but it really is miraculous that it played in much the same way in 1924!
  •  10-18-2012, 21:00 556126 in reply to 556122

    Re: 1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    Having watched the Clip, I watched a couple more I hadn't already seen; The Moore Family's New Year's Eve & Thanksgiving..

    You & Margaret have the knack of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary,.via your Videography techniques.

  •  10-18-2012, 21:39 556127 in reply to 556126

    Re: 1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    Thanks, Colour! Jack Paar always said that he came up with his stories by just taking a step back and observing what was going on around him. There's some pretty neat things happening right in front of us sometimes. In this case, two of the people in the Moore Family's Christmas Eve (last year) are in heaven now. Ya just never know, so it's good to get out the camera and let 'er roll.
  •  10-20-2012, 8:02 556412 in reply to 556127

    Re: 1924 Kimball Pipe Organ Restoration

    I've always been fascinated by organs. How they function and work. And impressed with the sound and pressure waves it can produce. A really great video!
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