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New organs

Before any organ can be built, it has to be designed. I strived to commit every detail to scaled drawings before the practical work, and detailed drawings were made, most of which survive for reference.

There are many aspects to organ design. The first consideration is how the organ is to be used. Then, what kind of music is the organ to play? What size organ is required? Extra considerations for a church organ is: where can it be placed and how much space is there for it?

All eleven of my new organs were of the mechanical kind, each with its own special design considerations. Is it to be a fairground organ, street organ, dance organ, or any combination of those? What scale music will it play? How many ranks of pipes should it have? How will the wind be supplied: hand-turned, motor and bellows or blower? My new organs fall into two main categories: fair organs and street organs. There are some descriptions of all my new organs on this site, some in more detail than others, depending upon how many photos were taken during their construction. The complete list is shown below, with links to the detail pages. This is work-in-progress, so please check the site again soon.

My new organs in chronological order

Built Organ type and name Last known location
1985 48-key fair organ "The Princess" Hobart, Tasmania
1986 52-key street organ "The Musician" New Zealand
1989 52-key street organ "cabinet" style Hobart, Tasmania
1989 90-key street organ "de Witte" Watsontown PA, USA
1989 48-key fair organ "The True Hussar" Newquay, Cornwall
1989 52-key fair organ "Limonaire" style Derby, UK
1991 90-key street organ "Heller Stern" Westbury, Tasmania
1992 52-key street organ Preston, UK
1992 89-key fair organ Nottingham, UK
1992 48-key fair organ "The Four Seasons" Essex, UK
2016 32-keyless trumpet organ Milton Keynes, UK

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