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Tune-Up

 

Lucky for us, we walked into the church and caught him in the act.
The thing is, I had never thought about organ pipes needing to be tuned,
so I got my education.

Chateaubriant, France

Tune-Up

 

Lucky for us, we walked into the church and caught him in the act.
The thing is, I had never thought about organ pipes needing to be tuned,
so I got my education.

Chateaubriant, France

comments (47)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jul 2010, 04:05
Lucky You...and, now, me!

What an excellent discovery, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It was something I had never thought of, Ray, so I did feel very lucky. It was new to Astrid, too. I always like to see how things are done! Thanks.
  • rags
  • 23 Jul 2010, 04:55
I too did not know that they were tuned. Nice catch!
Ginnie Hart: So you're getting your education with me, Kanyi. Good. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jul 2010, 05:46
He got them tuned-up by taking some of the pipes out, the smaller ones he did tune by just blowing air in them and inside the pipe he did something to get the right tune.
He must have had as we say...the absolute hearing...
It was a joy to watch him and he did not mind.
(BTW he had a light strapped onto his head to see what he was doing
Great picture, love the tunes/ tones
Ginnie Hart: Next time you have a picture on the same subject, please let me know because I would have loved to see yours today! Next time we'll pay attention. I especially loved his assistant lady playing the different notes he was asking her to play. That's when we realized a tune-up was going on! Bedankt, mijn vrouw.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 23 Jul 2010, 06:20
strange career too lol 'what do you do?' 'organ tuner' lol neat shot Ginnie!!!
Ginnie Hart: With all the churches around, Elaine, I'm guessing he's never out of a job! smile Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Jul 2010, 06:21
A very interesting shot Ginnie: these pipes actually look brand new
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if he also polished them, Chris, or if that's left for someone else to do? It sure was fascinating to watch him.
Very interesting shot.
I like it a lot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Calusarus, for stopping by and commenting. Merci.
Education Friday!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Nigel. smile
I think the health and safety people would not be too happy with his working practicesgrin
Ginnie Hart: They would surely turn their heads and pretend not to notice, Bill. Someone's got to do it, right?!
everything must be ready for Sunday morning !!!!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Fabrizio. grin Grazie.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Jul 2010, 07:24
Education for me as well Ginnie, who would have thought!
Ginnie Hart: We're never too old to learn these things, Tony! smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jul 2010, 07:26
This is what my one in-law in holland does for a living - servicing organs top to bottom. And there are magnificent instruments in that country. He also plays them.
Ginnie Hart: Aha! So someone actually knows someone who knows how to do it. Bravo! I was around piano tuners much of my young life, Louis, because my mom was an accomplished player at home...and at church. I still have the memory of the pitch fork being used to aid the tuning!
old MP3!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Maybe, Jojo. grin Merci.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jul 2010, 07:46
een fijne observatie, a finely composed and to(u)ned picture, and some useful explanation by Astrid! -oh, how much technical and artistic hand (and feet-)work has to be done in order to create those heavenly -angelic sounds of the organ! I love organ music and listened to some organs in Netherlands, the country of organs (besides France, Germany...).
Ginnie Hart: Europe is so rich in these instruments, Philine, sometimes more than one in the same church, as you know. I just had never thought about them needing to be tuned! Bedankt, lieve vriend.
You were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time. We never stop learning.
Ginnie Hart: We're never too old, Sheila. I love it! Thanks.
Well i live and learn, i thought he was looking for the Can Can dancers.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only you, Mick. Only you! smile
I really like "at work" images. I like the way you've composed this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Odd. I always want to know how things are done. Curiosity killed the cat, you know! smile
A pity I didn't know you visited Chateaubriant as it is at half an hour drive from my place!
Fine capture.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Richard. If we had only known. We spent a good hour roaming around that beautiful city! Maybe next time. Merci.
  • Aussie
  • Rockhampton
  • 23 Jul 2010, 09:36
I had never thought about them being tuned either so I have learnt something new today
Ginnie Hart: Along with a whole bunch of us, Aussie. Thanks.
I wonder how you tune them? Give them a good dusting I suppose.
Ginnie Hart: There was a lady sitting at the keyboard and he'd tell her when to play a certain note. Then he'd poke his head inside and the light would show him which pipe...but from that point on, I have no clue, Chad. It was most interesting. smile
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 23 Jul 2010, 11:34
Fascinating find Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Something we least expected, Scarlet, so the good kind of find! smile Bedankt.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 23 Jul 2010, 12:08
I wonder how often this happens per year
Ginnie Hart: Very good question, Vintage. If it works like a piano, I'm guessing the variations in weather/temperature dictact that?
NICE treatment on this one!! It is nearly a HDR this way!! Clever!

I've seen organs being tuned many times, and it is a hell of a job, and so very time consuming!! Due to humidity and dust building up the length of the pipes changes over time, and therefore these fantastic instruments need to be tuned a couple of times a year, because the slightest difference in length makes a huge difference in tone!!. The dutch word for a tuner of organ pipes is intonateur
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Marion. You are a wealth of information with this comment, especially after just reading Ken's question! I had no clue about any of this, though it makes total sense. I'm very familiar with piano tuning, having grown up watching and hearing it in my home. I think we're all getting our education with this today. Thank you.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2010, 13:33
Hmm...never occurred to me either. But when you think about it - of course. Wonderful capture!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Marcie. But of course! Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2010, 13:38
What great timing arriving when he was working, I never thought about the tuning of these, must be a big job
Ginnie Hart: A HUGE job, I'm sure, JJ. But I had never thought of it before!
Looks to be a very intricate & labour intensive job, Ginnie. I hope he is well compensated.

Like how you've included the work bench in the shot.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Beverly. For all the people who take pleasure in listening, let's hope he IS well-compensated. Thanks.
Like all metals, they're affected by heat and humidity, so they need re-tuning from time to time. Interesting article about it on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organ_tuning
Ginnie Hart: You're one step ahead of me with this most fascinating Wiki article, Tom. THANK YOU. Wow. It keeps getting better and better as the day goes along. smile
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 23 Jul 2010, 14:39
never knew too..thx for sharin' it
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, TM. It really was fun to see.
The things that go on that we are unaware of. You were in the right place at the right time Ginnie. Nice capture
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Janet. It makes you start wondering about all the other things we never think about! Thanks.
It all looks rather industrial...
Ginnie Hart: Technology at its human best, Larry. smile
  • MAMYNI
  • Belgium
  • 23 Jul 2010, 16:47
Een prachtig beroep dat die van Orgels factors. Zij, laten de engelen zingen. Bravo voor de foto.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Mamyni! We need the angels to sing! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I love this picture Ginnie, now wouldn't it have been nice to have heard the organ in full cry.
Ginnie Hart: ...instead of one pipe at a time! Yes, Brian. Thanks.
Me neither, but now I know. Must be a good days work...I struggle getting my guitar in tune... wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Different strokes for different folks, Aksel! smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 23 Jul 2010, 19:59
Superb capture and beautiful composition. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Antoine. Merci.
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 23 Jul 2010, 20:09
fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. realy a superbe work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, thank you, thank you, Beat. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2010, 22:19
Serendipity, isn't it?

Great photo.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly what we thought, too, Maria. Thanks.
That sure is a lot of work! Cool snap.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling it takes him an entire day, Brian! Full-time work. Thanks.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 24 Jul 2010, 01:18
Wow this is cool! Must be alot of work to tune all these.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Andy. I wonder if it gets boring/monotonous for him??
Maybe he was trying figure out how the music gets out.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe, Michael. You never really know these things for sure. smile
A great capture of this man who does this lovely thing for a living...quite simply wonderful!
Ginnie, as always your tones and details are top class! Well donesmile
Ginnie Hart: It's almost as important as tuning cars, Pavan, right? Maybe more so, depending on one's point of view! Thanks.
  • tede
  • France
  • 24 Jul 2010, 10:29
It's better not to mix the pipessmile) Excellent and rare image. Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so right, Tede. smile Thanks.
I like all the silver elements in your photo.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Wim. I hadn't thought about how the aluminum ladders match the pipes. smile
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2010, 15:07
Super cool compo . Tones are stunning , just in your style smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mariana. Thank you.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2010, 19:09
a job very thorough
Ginnie Hart: Gotta be precise in this line of work, I'm sure, Oscar. No room for error!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2010, 23:20
What an interesting discovery, lucky you smile You have caught the moment perfectly smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherie. It did seem serendipitous. smile
Unusual and interresting and I still like your colortones
Ginnie Hart: Not something we see every day, for sure, Zeb. Thanks.
I couldn't see the tuning fork...
must have been a big 'un!

I love these big church organs - I was fortunate enough to pop into a small church in Lagrasse to find the organist just sitting playing Bach for the sheer love of it. A spell-binding experience.
Ginnie Hart: It's always a treat to us when we find church doors open, George, especially during the week, because we always want to go inside to see what's there. While much is expected, there are always little unique treasures to see...or hear. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
  • rian
  • Fullerton, CA
  • 28 Jul 2010, 03:36
i'm guessing the bigger they are, the harder they are to tune.. nice candid capture.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Rian. Thanks for backtracking!

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