Jay Beckham

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About Jay Beckham

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  • Birthday 01/30/1940

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Interests Classical and Theater organs
  1. R3 DIN Printed Circuit Board or Kit

    Each of my core8 support four din boards.  Each DIN supports 32 inputs.  So I have purchased one more DIN for a total of eight.  8 * 32 = 256.  So three manuals is 3 x 61 = 183. which is 6 of the DIN boards.   One DIN for my pedals and the other one for toe pistons and combinations. Core Boards First Pin Last Pin Use DINS CORE8 0 1 61 Manual 1 1, 2 Beckham 0 62 64 NC     65 125 Manual 2 3, 4   126 128 NC   CORE8 1 1 32 Pedals 5 Beckham 1 33 45 Combinations 6   46 64 Pistons     65 125 Manual 3 7,8   126 128 NC NC Already have two combination boards of six each to mount on the front of my keyboards, a DIN in the mail, and my third manual arrives tomorrow. Jay
  2. R3 DIN Printed Circuit Board or Kit

    I need one additional DIN for my midification of an old Conn.  Either the board, the kit (Smash TV), assembled, or the files to make the board or a schematic. Adding a third keyboard to my setup and no room left on my 7 DIN boards. Thanks Jay
  3. Complete Beginner

    Thanks for the reply.  I will try this tomorrow and let you know what I find out.
  4. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Below is a posting I made in the Forum under MidiBox Tools and MISO Studio: I have built two CORE 8 and seven DIN cards from Smash TV.  A friend layed out my Hex files and others and walked me through loading them into my CORE 8s.  I have wired up two manuals and connected them to the first four DINs.  He built the HEX files and the others to fit my two manual old Conn.  The #0 CORE is for the two manuals and the #1 CORE is for the pedals and stop tabs.  I have also loaded the St. Anne's free version to my Win 8 PC.  All manual keys work properly except for the E-1 on the swell.  In watching the output I noticed the E-1 shows Channel 7 rather then Channel 1.  So I need to correct this but don't know how.  My friend is very ill and can not help me at this time. I have MIOS Studio on the PC but other than monitor the keys I don't have a clue.  It would appear to me that the key is incorrectly listed in the file that is loaded on the CORE.  I do recall using some program to make minor changes to the codes, but don't recall what or where is was or how to do it. All I know is to run a cable from the CORE Out to MIDI In on my USB Midi device and also run a cable from the CORE In to MIDI Out on the USB Midi. Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I did download the "tutorial" on MIOS Studio but that isn't much help.  More confusing then helpful. I am located in the US in Berkeley Springs, WV.   My friend was in California and he send me the files and walked me through over the phone.  The files I have are: HEX FILES: device_id_00,   device_id_01,   device_id_02,   device_id_03,   main_swell_3,   and   setup_midio128  all with ".hex" MISC:  Beckham 0.syx,   Beckham 1.syx,   midio128_v2_2b.zip,   MIOS_Studio.exe Any help would be greatly appreciated.   I am presently wiring the pedals and may use a touch screen for the stops and couplers. Jay Beckham
  5. Complete Beginner

    I have built two CORE 8 and seven DIN cards from Smash TV.  A friend laid out my Hex files and others and walked me through loading them into my CORE 8s.  I have wired up two manuals and connected them to the first four DINs.  He built the HEX files and the others to fit my two manual old Conn.  The #0 CORE is for the two manuals and the #1 CORE is for the pedals and stop tabs.  I have also loaded the St. Anne's free version to my Win 8 PC.  All manual keys work properly except for the E-1 on the swell.  In watching the output I noticed the E-1 shows Channel 7 rather then Channel 1.  So I need to correct this but don't know how.  My friend is very ill and can not help me at this time. I have MIOS Studio on the PC but other than monitor the keys I don't have a clue.  It would appear to me that the key is incorrectly listed in the file that is loaded on the CORE.  I do recall using some program to make minor changes to the codes, but don't recall what or where is was or how to do it. All I know is to run a cable from the CORE Out to MIDI In on my USB Midi device and also run a cable from the CORE In to MIDI Out on the USB Midi. Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I did download the "tutorial" on MIOS Studio but that isn't much help.  More confusing then helpful. I am located in the US in Berkeley Springs, WV.   My friend was in California and he send me the files and walked me through over the phone.  The files I have are: HEX FILES: device_id_00,   device_id_01,   device_id_02,   device_id_03,   main_swell_3,   and   setup_midio128  all with ".hex" MISC:  Beckham 0.syx,   Beckham 1.syx,   midio128_v2_2b.zip,   MIOS_Studio.exe Any help would be greatly appreciated.   I am presently wiring the pedals and may use a touch screen for the stops and couplers. Jay Beckham  
  6. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Jay Here I am finally back and ready to proceed with my Conn 632 conversion.  I did learn that 2 or 3 of the rods don't rotate.  So i can just solder a wire from the non moving rod contacts to my DIN boards.  I am using the 8 wire flat cables and plugs furnished by SmashTV. One thing I am wondering about is would a LCD be useful in building and testing the work?  If so where do I find one?  I didn't see them on SmashTV's web site. Jay Beckham Attached is my plan.
  7. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Thanks again for the reply.   I guess I will start building the DINs and then the three Core boards.  I will have to decide which computer to use for the organ.  I have several spares as I hate to throw computers away!   Jay
  8. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Pete   I did a search and found MIOS 1 and 2 and a download for Windows XP.  Apparently this software tells my computer what key is what note and that sort of thing.  I do remember three years ago someone telling about having to create the tables based on my DIN configuration of the keyboards, pedal board, and stops.  I did notice that some of my stop tabs are normally open and most  of the couplers were normally closed.  So I may have to deal with that issue or get a touch screen for my computer and use it for registration.  My Conn has no combination or general pistons so I assume a computer touch screen could be used for that?   Or I could buy toe pistons for generals?   Jay
  9. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Pete What is the MIOS Studio application?  I have one of the free organ programs.  I also have a Roland cakewalk USB MIDI interface UM-2G and  20 ft Keyboard cable.  Also a couple PCs available running Windows XP.  Is the MIOS Studio application available for download?   Jay
  10. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    I took another look at the two manuals.  On one there is two buss rods that don't move.  They are normally open.  On the other there are three buss rods that don't move and they are normally open.  So I gang the two and the three together for my commons and then attach wires to thoses two and three pins and I have got what i need I believe.   Jay Beckham   james@thebeckhams.us
  11. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    Hi   Thanks for the reply.   First the keyboard contacts are normally open like yours but my rods rotate so they must be locked down some how.   I don't recall about the stops but will check on that.  I don't think the stops will be a problem as they would be easy to modify it they are normally closed.   I have never assmebled the boards but maybe able to get to that soon.  I had another big project that kind of occupied by time.   I had considered tying them all together also.  Maybe I should do 10 or 20 notes and see how it goes.  The least expensive none piston keyboard I could find so far was $595.  I had hoped they were in the $300 range but maybe that is just dreaming.   Based on that pricing of $595 I should at least give it a try.   Jay
  12. Conn Church Organ Model 632 to MIDI

    I have been gone from the forum for a long time.  I had purchased the various boards from Smash TV back in 2011.  I tried various ways to wire the keyboards (2) for simple switches without success.  My wife suggested I just buy two keyboard and not fight it anymore.  I have all the boards and cables to wire this organ.  Can someone suggest a source of keyboards that won't cost me an arm and a leg.  It would nice to have combination pistons, but I can survive without them.  I want to end up with a reasonable classical organ.   Thanks   Jay Beckham   james@thebeckhams.us
  13. CONN 632

    No the felt limits its movement but not in a good way. Seems that the rod is lined up when the lever points out in line with the holes in the bracket that supports the rod. I may try and use the cables that moved the lever and just clamp it down using the screw holes that held the cable in place. It is like an old car choke cable. I can cut it and just use the inside wire and the device on the end that hooks over the lever and clamp it in place with a screw. When I posted this question several days ago I assumed someone had used the Conn keyboards and knew a bit about them. But I guess that wasn't the case. So I am going to start building my DIN boards and my Cores and attach wires to an octive and see what happens. I understand that my Cores should already have the software in them when I got them from Smash TV? Is that true? Thanks Jay
  14. CONN 632

    Here is the end with the most rod controls on it. They vary by manual but the white plastic lever and the black metal plate with holes in it are the same.
  15. CONN 632

    Attached is a picture of the rods and the wiper wires. The first three bus rods have built in resistence so I won't be using them. The other six are just plain metal. The are rotated by certain stop tabs to turn that stop on. So the little wires attached to the wood dowels are moved by the keys. So I need to rotate at least two of the rods and lock them down in some way. Thanks Jay