Hi there Nathan!
We all read what you wrote to the harpsichord list. Your comments were
right on the money, and I would like to apologise for what you encountered.
It was particularly unfortunate that you arrived in the middle of a pitched
battle which should never have taken place.
However, this kind of thing DOES happen, even in the best of circles from
time to time.
I would like you to know that among the nearly 400 members of the list,
there are some highly intelligent, kind, and well-informed people, from
whom I have learnt a lot.
The archives of the list go back to 1994, and if you would care to look
them up at http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/archives/hpschd-l.html you will,
I sure, find much that is of interest to you, and a more representative
selection of the type of topic discussed here.
I suggest that you return to the list and give it another chance for longer
than a day. Possibly you would find the digest form easier to deal
with. You are welcome to ask any questions which you may have about the
instruments which we love with a passion no less than yours for reed
organs, and I am sure that you will find help in getting the answers. I
write as one who has a particular gift for asking stupid questions and who
At 17:23 6/12/00, you wrote:
> Hey there folks. I just thought I'd say a few words to y'all. I'm a
>reed organ restorer, and I have recently become interested in the
>harpsichord, it being such a unique and historic instrument, and figured that
>a good way to find more information about it was to get on this list and
>listen in to your conversations. I signed on yesterday, and today I have
>signed off. Out of the 81 messages I received today from this list, less
>than 20% of them had anything to do with the harpsichord or related
>instruments. I know sometimes we all get a little distracted, but there are
>many other lists out there talking about the differences between English and
>other languages (which reminds me...I wonder why so many folks have "speech
>impediments," yet it's all called "English!"... and which one is the true
> I may be a little crude in my response to this, but honestly, I don't
>have time to pick my way through 81 emails with one hand on the mouse
>scrolling down and the other hand on the delete button!
> I appreciate y'all letting me say my mind. I hope that I haven't
>offended anyone. Enjoy your conversations...as for me, I think I'll get back
>to work on the organs.
> Take care, and God Bless
> Nathan Black Maple Ridge, Granville Co. North Carolina