Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Home Made Player Pipe Organ

No, not mine.
A local pipe organ nut built himself a player pipe organ and invited me to come take a look at it.
Turns out, its for sale and the builder will help install it if anyone is interested in it.
Its VERY similar to what I am planning on doing but this thing is just tooooo big for the space we have for it :(

He has it crammed into a teeny-tiny ten foot square room so taking pictures of it was a major PITA.
Check it out, at the end there is a video that shows the whole thing in action.

The Console
He took the original console and but it in a smaller case as the original case was too huge to fit.

Close up look at the stops
The organ has six ranks so to speak.
Bourdon, Open Diapason, Flute, Salicional, Trumpet and mixture 3.
Apparently Trumpet is a pretty rare rank.

The main four rank wind chest.

Like I said, hard to get a picture of the whole thing.

Trio Wind chest
This is very interesting I thought. This chest couples three higher octaves to the note your playing.
With just this and the Open Diapason activated the sound was superbly mad-scientist, me likey.

Some of his collection of player piano rolls.

The transformer to run the valves.
Apparently these are quite expensive to buy. He has two.

The player piano mechanism.
Just watching this vacuum air motor work is pretty cool.
Looks very steam-punk to me. Course, it runs on vacuum not steam.

The metal are the open Diapason and the big wood is the Bourdon.

I learned that the GIANT wood pipes I have are bourdon also.
video goes here... 
He wired up the console that the keys would move which he said was, 'to make it look like a ghost was playing it.'
The whole thing is really neat and the owner seems like a really nice guy, We just don't have the room for it and its not what we really want to do.
The main four rank box is 3'by8' and that's what's killing it for us. If all the ranks were separate we could fit it in the house. That and the player piano mech, while super cool isn't what we're going for in looks.

We still want to convert our pump organ into a midi controller and have that control several separate pipe ranks.

If this is of interest to anybody please email me and I will put you in touch with him.


Anonymous said...

Well that's certainly 'interesting'. Getting the keys to move would seem to be the accomplishment here. But a MIDI player would be so much more capable than trying to use 88 note piano rolls. Shudder.

Auntie Sue said...

It is somehow comforting to know that there are other crazy people in the world besides you!