Several years ago I tried to obtain some details of the 'works'
of mechanical organs. I searched the web, tried the local
library and asked the owners and operators of such instruments,
but to no avail. Then, the interest having re-surfaced, I
searched the internet again and eventually found various sites
describing the construction of John Smith's busker organs.
I ordered the plans for
the 20 note busker whereupon I found John's design extremely
easy to build. Good results can be achieved with fairly simple
tools, although a small band-saw and bench drill would be
a great help. Neither of these need be expensive if you avoid
top quality. There are some slight deviations from the original design
where I have suitable tools to make this possible.
Absolute dimensions and
constructional details have been deliberately omitted, except
where I have made modifications, as inclusion would be an
infringement of John's copyright. Builders will need to purchase
the plans to obtain this information.
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