Hi All, I just wanted to thank those of you who responded to my last
post. Here is a little more info on the organ. The organ is 18" high
with a 12" base. It plays in the key of "C" and it has almost three
octaves. This is because the organ uses the insides of a harmonica.
A harmonica is a wacky instrument at best. The organ is in the monkey
or bird organ class. More from the book follows....
Why a Barrel Organ?
It seems as though it was only yesterday! Early one Thursday night
I was at my friend's vacuum repair store. We were talking about
music while fixing vacuums. My friend was voicing his displeasure
about a magazine he purchased. They reviewed Carousel music. I have
always got a kick out of the sound that comes from a mechanical
organ. He just gave me a funny look when I asked if I could have
the magazine. Every time I dropped by the store he failed to bring
in the magazine. When I called him for the address of the company
that recorded the music he said his wife threw out the magazine.
Several weeks later I got a music CD in the mail for Christmas from
him. He only stalled in bringing in the magazine because he sent
for the CD for me. This started a period of my life where I started
collecting barrel organ music. During this time I loaned my
neighbor some of the CDs I had collected. He dropped by with a
newspaper article about a man who owned a large barrel organ. There
he was in the paper smiling at me! Did he build something? No! Did
he write music? No! This sort of fluff article kills me. I could not
let this challenge to my psyche go unanswered. In and around this
time I found a book by Arthur ORG-Uume on repairing a player piano.
In the back of the book there is a chapter on how a barrel organ
works. The flap of the book said a new book on fixing barrel organs
was coming out. Since the book was old I figured the newer book
must be finished by now. I was able to request the book from an
other part of the state through my Library. The book helped me to
a point but without being able to buy the old parts I was stuck.
I tried to stop thinking about building the barrel organ but the
wheels in my mind started turning. One year later I have the whole
thing worked out and only the story needs to be told. Hey where is
that newspaper now?
Building a Barrel Organ, a step by step guide, 87 pages only $30 and
this includes free shipping. A donation of $5 goes to MMD for every
copy sold from this post. Send check to:
John Kleinbauer, 15 Fisher Place,
North Arlington, New Jersey 07031 U.S.A.