52-key Fair Organ, Limonaire-style
What looks like a huge organ is really quite small. It was built to replace
the 52-key street organ used under the banner of Watermouth Castle, inside a
half-sized Sentinel steam wagon, shown here. The façade was retained, but a
glockenspiel was required this time, which would normally necessitate doing
away with the large painting in the centre. That was not allowed, so I opted
to split the glockenspiel into two halves and give it a limited compass of
16 notes, mounted below the drum openings. Please
view the specification. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the
new organ with the façade fitted.
Above: These are the only internal photos I have of this organ. Left, is the
reservoir and feeders, and right, the double crank fitted into lignum-vitae
bearings. The bearings, (as with the keyframe roller bearings) were soaked
in lubricating oil for 24 hours and dried thoroughly before fitting.
Although drilled with oiling holes, they should never need lubricating
again. The crank itself was custom-made by a local engineering firm.
The organ case is unconventional in that it's essentially a rectangular box
with no separate plinth. There was no height to allow for that, so I
arranged for the large bass pipes to stand outside the case. They would be
hidden from view in the wagon (on the right-hand side. Notice the
double-mitred bottom note.
This organ was sold some years ago to an enthusiast in the Derby area, and
mounted into a small converted touring caravan. I have lost track of it
© 2017, John Page