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    Updates on the pipe organ

    Months ago I found someone that was giving away a 1908 Pipe Organ that was in storage. Piece by piece I removed it, and installed it into my garage.
    At this point, its all up and running now:
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    Shakes the whole damn house. It is so old that it uses some weird technology. The console is full of pneumatic actuators.... like paintball right? no:

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    The box on the left is the pressure regulator. And all those "wedges" are leather pouches that fill with air to trip switches. Those silver rectangles are solenoid valves that fill the pounches.
    Why not have the solenoid trip the switches directly? This was built back before electric grids were the standard. It was originally designed to run batteries, and it wanted to use the absolute minimum amount of current. The switch in the mid activates all the other switches. Literally, "pulls out all the stops" and couplers. The left pedal controls the pneumatic swell, and the right pedal activates the couplers incrementally.

    The other side of the console is just thousands of wires. Literally thousands. Each of those swiches connects to a bundle of 62 wires, times 20 switches. Plus another 200 for the chests, etc. But no electronics beyond the solenoids. No transitors, resistors, capiacitors or relays.

    That is so cool. Loud instruments are fun, I used to play the bagpipes pretty well.


      Now that must be fun.


        Loud pipes save lives


          It ended up being a worthwhile experience. Spent a month going through the thousands of wires, air ducts, pipes, framing, etc last spring. Eventually had it fully functional

          my son practiced most days. The whole neighborhood can hear it. Just recently he was accepted to university to study music on a full scholarship

          That’s good news. Once he is gone, what the hell do I do with it?


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            Ship it with him to college 😂 I'm sure they'll appreciate it

          Learn to play and give free recitals?
          "When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

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