by Steve Panizza

The first three instruments I built were studies in tonal design. Their descriptions follow on this page. The instruments do not dominate a musical setting, but rather contribute where most effective either alone or in combination with other instruments or voices.

 

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A Repurposed Tonal Design, 1

The tonal design for this organ follows that of the late baroque southern German tradition while three sets of reused pipes provided motivation for the construction of this new instrument. Stored in a basement for a number of years, pipes available for the taking were about all that was left of value from an old church organ. Their late Victorian character held much promise for reuse, and I built this organ to incorporate them.

The exact date and origin of the old pipes is unknown despite some research. Their construction suggests that they were probably made between 1890 - 1910.

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8' Hohlpfeife (old pipes divided at tonal f)

8' Viol (old pipes, from tonal f)

4' Flaut (old pipes, open wood)

2' Octav (new pipes)

1 1/3' Quint (new pipes)

51 note manual
27 note pull-down pedal

 

The fate of this organ is somewhat typical of an instrument placed in a church that has not weathered poor economic conditions well. The instrument itself cannot serve as a reference to the quality and efficacy of my work. The following however is an excerpt from a letter of recommendation writen by the one whose pipes were stored in the basement and offered for use in the organ.

Steve Panizza is a talented young man who recycled some old 19th century organ pipes I had been storing in a basement into this splendid cabinet organ for my son's church. He has just completed tuning the instrument and it is a spectacular success.

Just starting in business, he needs business and I thought you might be in a position to recommend his name. His prices are, in my view, very reasonable.

A copy of the original letter sent to me is included in the photo gallery below. Jerry Danzer is both professor emeritus and author. You can find out more about him by following the link here.

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An Alsace Influenced Cabinet Organ, 2

Design of this organ was based on my study of French and Southern German Baroque instruments. The organ proves the effectiveness of a one-manual divided stop pipe organ for use in liturgy.  All stops except the Fourniture are divided between bass and treble to allow greater variety for registration than would otherwise be possible.

The organ consultant had this to say in his final report to the congregation.

The organ casework is exceptionally well done, a beautiful balanced design. It is a lovely addition to the church's decor. The tonal resources for such a small number of pipes is exceptional, and can be used in many ways even though the organist is working with only one manual and pedal. I do congratulate Mr. Panizza for his overall design and am impressed with the foundation tone of the 8' 4' and 2' pipes for accompanying the hymns and liturgy.

I built this organ alongside the instrument described above, and although much different in terms of tonal design, together they each share mechanical and case design as you can see in the gallery below of photos taken during construction.

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Bourdon 8'

Flûte 4'

Nazard 2 2/3'

treble only

Doublette 2'

Tierce 1 3/5'

treble only

Fourniture I

Cromorne 8'

bass only

 

51 note manual
27 note pull-down pedal

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A Contemporary Visual Design, 3

I based the tonal design of this instrument on the French baroque style. The plenum or core sound is well developed. The organ brought a fundamentally honest interpretation to a variety of literature.

The best way to have described the design intent of the organ is that it combined the color of Clicquot with the intimacy of Tannenberg.

 

Flûte du bois 8' (open wood divided stop)

Prestant 4'

Nasard 2 2/3' (divided stop)

Doublette 2'

Cymbale III

Vox humaine 8' (treble only)


53 note manual
27 note pull-down pedal

 

A recording of the Kyrie from the Schubert Deutsche Messe using the 8' and 4' stops together can be found further down on this page, a beautiful registration for choral accompaniment.

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Sounds of the Organs

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