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    My Street Organs

    Well I have been asked to post some picture of my Street Organs so here goes. Or at lest I going to try (1st pictures)

    There are around 450 parts to this one and they take about 300 hr to build. This one is 20 notes with 20 pipes. I have one I am working on now that is 26 note and has 70 pipes and will have a Glockinsteel on it when done. Its playing now and sound great (I think anyway) but the case work is not complete yet will try to get some picture of it so you can see the insides

    Jay

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    Holy cow Jay, now thats just cool Do you make the pipes also? How about a youtube video of one being played? Again, COOL

    Tom

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    Tom I haven't figured out how to do youtube yet but will try to work on it this week.
    Yes I build the pipes also they are made from 1/8" thick stock ether Baltic Birch or Purina Pine this one has Walnut fronts on them. The only thing I don't make right now are the rolls and the roll ends.

    I am working on a punch to make my own rolls sometime soon I hope as right now I have to get them from the UK and its killing me. The guy that used to punch them here in the states quit. The Punch machine will be like a CNC

    If you look on the bench behind the Organ on the first two picture you can see pipes that are made of more organs.

    Jay
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    I knew this would be something to look at...wow.......this is stuff ya gotta share....Ive never actually seen one up close and personal in a picture. ...I have 50-60 paper rolls that still work on a player piano my wife had in her home since the 60s.
    Are those rolls the same kinda thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I knew this would be something to look at...wow.......this is stuff ya gotta share....Ive never actually seen one up close and personal in a picture. ...I have 50-60 paper rolls that still work on a player piano my wife had in her home since the 60s.
    Are those rolls the same kinda thing?
    Kind of the paper is same but the hole spacing and width of roll and hole size are different.
    This has 2 bellows in the bottom the make pressure and the top box works like an air tank. Air goes down through holes in tracker bar and a hose is connected to each pipe when an open hole in the paper goes over tracker bar hole it plays that note.

    Jay

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    Jay, That's just unbelievably incredible.

    Where do you get the paper rolls? I heard that the last play piano paper roll manufacturer was ceasing production, so I can't even imagine where those come from.

    My Uncle had a player piano with a leaky bellow when I was a kid. It still worked, kind of, but man you got a work out getting it to play....
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    That's awesome work, Jay. They look like cool machines. I'd really like to see some in-progress pics if you can get some.
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    Those look like they could be both fun and frustrating to build. I always thought it would be fun to duplicate a 4 chamber souvenir train whistle that I've been packing around for 30 plus years but this makes me forget all about that

    Nice work
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    Wow, Jay, Those are awesome. I've never seen anything like it. You get a thousand of these

    I'd be really pumped to see a video too! Really curious on how they sound!
    Last edited by Westley Rosenbaum; 02-11-2009 at 06:07 AM.

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    Awesome!

    Did you develop the plans? Or where did you find them? I may never build one, but the plans would be fascinating to look at.

    How many have you made?

    Questions, questions, questions!

    But this has to be one of the more awesome woodworking things I have every seen!

    Really, really great.

    Thanks for sharing!

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