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Bob Logan March 23, 2014 at 08:26 am
Who writes these articles? A wire service? Everybody know Kevin Bacon is from Philadelphia!! NotRead More just "Pennsylvania" Geesh
Miriam Baker March 23, 2014 at 09:29 am
I missed it! I love Kevin Bacon!
Andy Munster, organist at the Swissvale church, demonstrates the church's new electronic instrument from Allen Organ Co.
Benjamin Slayton September 28, 2013 at 03:00 am
What a shame! Let's throw away a classic, historic organ and get a disposable piece of trash! WhoRead More said the pipe organ was going to be $100,000 to fix? The Allen salesman who was trying to get a commission? Did that price quote really come from a pipe organ company? Did that proposal include adding to the pipe organ? I guess we'll never know. I know one thing. $50,000 is a lot for a freakin' toaster! That's a lot of pure profit, too. Pipe organs are hand-built by craftsmen and the cost of a pipe organ reflects many hours of labour. A $50k appliance is massively profitable. They have several consoles on an assembly line, like at the Ford factory. The only part that's worth any money is the furniture, and that part is made on an assembly-line. The computer hardware is proprietary and hugely overpriced. If it has any issues, you can't call any Organ technician, it has to be the Allen tech. He uses his proprietary software to work with it. As soon as he pulls up, the clock starts running. Did this blithering idiot take a kickback? Part of the commission? Allen is a despicable company! they are like Monsanto or WalMart. Do you really need to save money on an organ? Is it REALLY not possible to buy or rebuild a pipe organ? I got a little secret for you. Hauptwerk VPO. It sounds vastly superiour to an allen mockery of an organ for 1-3% of the price. Buy a toaster now, for half the price of a real organ and you'll be back in half the life-span of a pipe organ, buying another disposable, mass-produced appliance. If that's all worshiping God is worth to you, I'm not going to waste my time with you.
ANDREW K MUNSTER September 30, 2013 at 02:41 pm
1. We asked Organ Craft who took care of this organ for generations to give us estimates to rebuildRead More this organ four times in the past ten years. They told us we could not afford it and would not give us quote. 2. There was no room to expand the old organ. It did not not really fit and many of the pipes hadn't been tuned in years because they were essentially unreachable. 3. The old instrument did not have even a 2 foot stop, no mixtures, only one solo stop, etc. etc. Even new, it was not a "fine quality" instrument you seem to think it was. 4. Our average attendance on a Sunday morning is 35 5. Yes, we now have the equivalent of four, million dollar organs in the sanctuary. We could play recordings and have a digital preacher too. Maybe Billy Graham this Sunday, and the Pope the next. Somehow, the recordings and videos have not replaced the live preacher. We could have rubber dolls made in the image of our parish members when they die and place them in the pews. The technology is there, is it not. Now let me ask, do any of you listen to the radio or CDs or do you insist on going to live concerts? I went to hear Yo Yo Ma last week. May I listen to a CD of him playing or am I somehow cheating? Stop and think!!!! What arrogance to make so many assumptions about someone else's decisions. May we use electric lights and a PA system? May a woman be our preacher? I have been known to rant myself about many things but I would hope that I measure my words and my thoughts and at least make an attempt to consider all points of view. The old organ was done for...on life support. The church would have been absolutely foolish to follow the 'logic' offered by detractors. It may be electric and it probably will not be here in one hundred years like the Felgemacher but it is none the less a superb musical instrument by any standard except the ridiculous emotional one applied in the comments above. Do I realize that I can be replaced as a live musician? All musicians know that in today's world only a few will make a career in music performance. This new instrument is helping me keep people in the pews and giving me sound options that I can use to bring wonderful music to life. Even rebuilt, the old organ would have been mediocre. To come right out and accuse us as customers and Allen as a company of falling for and presenting some trumped up marketing and profiteering is just not fair. Would a pipe organ builder or rehab outfit not promote their product and present it in the best light? Would they not make a profit? Well, I'm tired now of trying to explain something that to me seems obvious but then I am not so sure of myself as some others. Andy Munster
Larissa Dudkiewicz September 30, 2013 at 03:39 pm
A friend of mine's church in Ohio shut down over the weekend because they only had 12 members left.Read More They can't replace an organ because after 150 years they don't have a church. Consider it a blessing that after all these years the Swissvale Presbyterian Church is still serving the community, classic organ or not. For what it's worth, I enjoyed listening to the digital organ music. I'm sure the church members do too.
Andrea McNeill May 28, 2013 at 04:34 pm
Awesome news! so proud of all the cast and crew of Woodland Hills, but especially Justin McCord!Read More Way to go Justin.
Tara Reis May 28, 2013 at 05:52 pm
Ms. Boyd, that's Jacob Burke, who played Dr. Frederick Frankenstein.
Tara Reis May 28, 2013 at 05:55 pm
Seeing "Young Frankenstein" three times was quite a treat and thrill for my family, andRead More being at the Gene Kelly Awards was the icing on the cake! Any chance I get to see our kids take ANY stage is more than worth the price of admission! Bravo, Woodland Hills, bravo!
Mary Jo March 21, 2013 at 01:27 pm
The author of the book, Rami Bensasi, is also a Woodland Hills alum. For those who want a hard copyRead More of the book, it's available here, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=rami+bensasi
Heidi Dezayas March 21, 2013 at 02:08 pm
Thank you, Mary Jo!
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