Organs of distinction John Page, Organ Builder

Fair organs

Fair organs were originally built to attract punters at fairgrounds, usually on rides, and were robust enough to play non-stop throughout the day. They are now mostly seen on gallopers, but in the past - and indeed in antique fairs now - on chairoplanes, steam yachts and others, and also in preservation. Irvin's 89-key Marenghi, pictured here, was still in fairground use until recently. This photo was taken at Abingdon Street Fair c1984, and is the subject of a restoration article on this site.

As these organs were designed to play AT the public - sounding above the general noise of the fair, their pipework usually included multiple ranks of the "violin" and "trumpet" type. The four kinds of fair organ I built from scratch are detailed here - see the buttons above.

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