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.
|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|
|1988||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"||Masons Funfair|
|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|