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Room and Door Dimensions for Big Orchestrions
By Gerry Bay

Our collection of mechanical music instruments continues to expand
to the point that we need to add an addition to our home.  (One sure
can get obsessed with this "hobby"!).  The additions to our collection
over the next few years will probably be in the area of a fairground
organ, dance organ, flute clock and a European orchestrion.  These are
all relatively large, tall instruments.

In working with the architect, the issues of ceiling height and entry
door size have come up.  Obviously, some organs are several stories
tall and we would not be thinking of anything that large -- this will
be in a home environment.  So, I have two questions for the group.

1.  How high should we make the ceiling in order to accommodate a
"reasonable" sized organ/orchestrion?

2.  How wide and tall should we make the entrance door from the outside
in order to get "typical" instruments into the room.

I realize that the only way to know for sure is to buy the instruments
first.  However, that really won't work for us, and therefore we have
to build the room in anticipation of further collecting over the years.
What I'm looking for is some kind of "rule of thumb" that would provide
us with some guidance for the room design.

Any thoughts on this subject would be appreciated.

Gerry Bay

 [ "...some organs are several stories tall..."
 [ I've heard several tall stories about organs, too !   ;)
 [ -- Robbie


(Message sent Sat 30 Oct 1999, 11:29:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Big, Dimensions, Door, Orchestrions, Room

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