Been back for a week actually. The American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) convention was October 3-7, officially in San Francisco, although actually in Concord CA. We got to see several customers we talk to on the phone regularly, it's great putting a face to a voice. It's kind of funny when you go out to dinner with a customer and you offer to pick up their bill, as they are such great customers, and they want to pick up your bill as you help them so much with their jobs.
Mad rush as usual around here trying to get ready for AIO at the same time as getting some jobs done. Attila and I will be attending AIO this year without Henry, I'm don't think Henry has ever missed an AIO. This year there was a date problem and he is in England at the moment, won't be back in time to get to the show.
Wow, have we ever gotten busy over the last few weeks. That's why it's taken so long to publish part 2 of "Lesser Known Features". I noticed this back when I was a teenager working cash at my first job. It was a Wolworth's (if you remember them), if you don't think pre-Target with a lunch counter. I would be standing there twiddling my thumbs trying to look busy dusting the cigarettes when suddenly there would be 5 people waiting in line. That seems to be what has happened here. Henry came up with the idea for me to write this blog, to help keep us connected with our customers when I wasn't busy, then we had 5 jobs come in over 3 days. I've since also had 3 update requests and everybody wants their stuff before the end of August. I go on vacation Aug 21.
This is part 2 of our exploration of some of the lesser known features of a Classic System. We have already looked at MIDI Level Select, Key Locks, and a few others, but there is simply too many to cover in a single blog post, so lets keep going.
Anybody who has used a couple of Classic's systems is familiar with certain functions and features. Everybody knows what the Transposer piston does, or Alt, or Up/Down, or Setup, but do you know what the MIDI Level Select is, or the two different ways that the Piston Coupler can work? That's the subject for this post. What are some of the features available on a Classic system which aren't being used, because people don't know they exist?
Classic Organ would like to extent their CONGRATULATIONS to Darryl and Amanda on the birth of their second child. Alexander was born at 1:30 am last night. It has been a bit of a running joke around here for the past week whenever Darryl wasn't actually in the shop (lunch, running late) and somebody called him, we couldn't really tell the person if Darryl was going to be in. :)
Have you been there? You've been in conversation with a church for a while now, through 5 fund raising campaigns, 3 different boards, a change in organist, and an ongoing debate about whether they should do a full restoration of the organ, just repair what absolutely must be done, or scrap the whole thing and switch to keyboards and guitars, but they are finally ready to sign contracts and write some cheques. Now you have some decisions to make. What is the most cost effective system for you to use in terms of hardware and labour costs?
To start with I would like to welcome you to our new blog / newsletter / way to waste time and still justify it as work. The plan is every week or two I will post a new article about something to do with organ building in general and control systems specifically, this may be information about products Classic has, the virtues of choosing one thing over another, or advice about trouble shooting and tech support.