Lance Luce - Dickinson Theatre Organ Society,
Dickinson High School, Wilmington, Delaware
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December 2015 was the third time I've
played on the wonderful Kimball.  This
time it was a Christmas show like no
other.  Bill Church produced a
spectacular event that deserves it's own
page.  It was packed with talented guest
singers, choirs, rock band and more!  It
was so much fun to be a part of this
production!  Well done Bill and DTOS!

January 2012 was my second time
playing the Kimball at Dickinson High
School in Wilmington, Delaware.  Since
my last concert there have been some
changes on the organ.  It has a new
console with more controls and
capabilities, and they have added more
pipe ranks.  The organ now has 66
ranks (rows) of pipes in two side
chambers as well as an "on stage"
section including some of the longest
pipes.  One thing has not changed, and
that is that the organ is fantastic and is
one of the best anywhere.

I was fortunate that Mother Nature
cooperated and there was no snow at
all for this late January date.  That may
have helped create the large turnout of
800 people.  The audience was very
responsive, which always makes a
person feel good.

Bob Dilworth along with Carl, Paul and
the rest of his crew made sure the
organ sounded its best.  They sure
know how to make a person feel
welcome and appreciated.  The
hospitality was outstanding.

This organ has a nice selection of string
ranks, and the combination of sounds
coming from all 3 "chambers" makes for
a luscious slushy sound when called
upon.  There is lots of shimmer.  I think I
counted 14 ranks of strings.  There are
also some rare reed pipes in the
specification.  They have an Egyptian
Horn modeled after a rank in the
Atlantic City organ, and those are the
only two of its kind in existence.  The
variety of color reeds makes for a very
nice palette to play with.

As you can see by the pictures, I did
have fun climbing around in the
chambers, getting a chance to see the
inner workings first hand.  Yes, there
are three blowers on the organ, one for
each side chamber, and one for the
stage chamber.

The additional stops panel (that's what
I'm gonna call it) is brought out so you
can set your pistons.  There are so
many stops that they can't all fit on the
stop rail.  After you set your pistons, this
panel is put away in it's custom
designed niche in the side of the organ.  
It's really quite ingenuous .  The organ
has a multi level combination action, so
you really have unlimited amounts of
pistons, so setting your combinations is
a breeze.

There is also a vast array of "toys" on
this organ.  Kimball was famous for a
row of push buttons just above the top
keyboard activating whistles, and sirens
and a myriad of other special effects
that would come in handy in the days of
accompanying a silent movie.  I
managed to push a few here and there
at what I deemed an appropriate spot in
the program.  The siren came in handy
a couple of times, as did the train
whistle in "Night Train."

The concert was fun to play because
the organ really can do just about
anything you ask of it, and also
because of the lively crowd.

I am looking forward to returning again
someday in the future.  Their website is
http://www.dtoskimball.org/

Thanks again to Bob and Mary Ann
Dilworth, Carl Black and Stephen Ross
for their Camaraderie.
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