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Dear Jody, The Organ Museum that I help to run in St. Albans, England,
are attempting to re-publish the book "The Fairground Organ". We are a
registered Charity in the UK and have only limited funds but ask if you
would be kind enough to let everyone know of our intentions via the MMD
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Message From The St. Albans Organ Museum (in England)
Many of you will be familiar with the book entitled "The Fairground
Organ -- It's Music, Mechanism and History" which was written by Eric
V. Cockayne in 1970.
The book established itself as an unequalled reference work and
encouraged by its popularity, Eric began to plan a revised and updated
edition. Sadly, Eric Cockayne died in 1990 and it was his wish that
the St. Albans Organ Museum re-publish his book, in due course.
We are very pleased to announce that "The Fairground Organ" is now
ready for publication again and we wish to know how many copies you
need out there and we also need help to finance the printing costs.
If you wish to purchase a copy please send us a cheque for GBP19.95
(Sterling), made payable to "SAMMS" together with your name and address
and also mention "MMD" so we know how you found us. If you live within
the UK the above price includes P&P but to send the book overseas
please would you add a further GBP4.00 (Sterling). Send it to:
SAMMS, PO Box 59, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, (England) AL2 2BF
We will only cash your cheque when we have had sufficient response to
enable us to proceed, otherwise we will return it to you, so you may
order with confidence.
_This is the only way_ to purchase this book. It will not be avail-
able anywhere else (except at St. Albans Organ Museum after it is
published). We will mail your copy as soon as the ink is dry.
Just in case you have never heard of this book it describes the
mechanisms of the organs, the music they played and their history.
Details of the motive power used to drive the organs, and the
individual components such as bellows, wind chests and pneumatic
systems are described and a special chapter deals with the types of
pipes used to make up the various stops.
Examples are given of the tunes played and of how the music was
arranged and manufactured. The amateur builder and restorer is
assisted by a chapter on the various "scales", the arrangement of the
notes, percussion effects and other operational controls. Practical
advice on restoration and the construction of organ pipes at home for
experimental purposes is included.
The illustrations include reproductions from old catalogues, diagrams of
mechanisms and scales, and makers' trade marks. The book is 8-1/2" x
5-1/2" with 240 pages.
The author, Eric Cockayne, was an enthusiastic helper at St. Albans
Organ Museum in the 1960's when the founder Mr. Charles Hart opened his
collection on Sunday afternoons. He was then appointed as a Trustee
and Secretary of St. Albans Musical Museum Society (SAMMS), a
Charitable Trust formed in 1978 to keep the collection of mechanical
musical instruments open to the public.
The St. Albans Organ Museum is run entirely by volunteers and is open
from 1400-1630 hrs on Sundays only. (Other opening times for group
visits can be arranged.) We sell books, recordings and souvenirs in our
shop and also by Mail Order from the address shown above. We would
love to send you our catalogue in return for a stamp. We have just
completed a new extension to our Museum and "England's Pride" 121-key
Decap organ has been moved into its new position. We also have a CD
of our 95-key Bursens organ due in August. With your help we can re-
publish "The Fairground Organ" and make 1999 our year to remember.
Keith Pinner, Trustee, St. Albans Organ Museum