Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Disgorging an organ

Over the weekend I took delivery of a broken organ that was to go to the rubbish tip. As indicated in my earlier post I am planning to use the organ as a sculptural piece - breaking down in the weather.

©2014 Barry Smith - Key board in layers
Today I took a couple of hours to open the organ up and take out parts I can reuse or gift to other. I wanted to do thuds in such a way as not to impact on the external look of the organ. You can see the man at work photo taken by Fiona - not great weather - misty rain - occasionally drifting into the carport - guess one must suffer for one's art.

©2014 Fiona Dempster - Have screwdriver will work - cute stool
I was amazed by the huge number of circuit boards and miles of wiring.

©2014 Barry Smith - The internals of an old electronic organ
After a couple of hours I had a big stash of stuff.

©2014 Barry Smith - Lots of recovered bits for reuse
Good set of large speakers including a rotating unit called a Tremolo Unit - never hear of it before. These will be given away.

©2014 Barry Smith - Large speakers - ones on the left are 12inch base one on the right - big Tremolo Unit
©2014 Barry Smith - Speakers - in good condition
Lots of interesting electronic components - also for sharing if others want some.

©2014 Barry Smith - Beautiful shapes and colour of the electronic components 
©2014 Barry Smith - Beautiful shapes and colour of the electronic components 
Views of the keys from  underneath.

©2014 Barry Smith - Electronic switches of the keys
And the keyboard, pedals and foot control have all been retained.

©2014 Barry Smith - An arch of potential sounds
©2014 Barry Smith - Layers of organ keys.
Not only has the disgorging saved a lot of good stuff - some of which can become Steampunk pieces; but it has made the organ a lot lighter so Fiona and I can struggle it down into place near the Mango trees.


  1. I look forward to the next instalment, Barry, seeing the organ/sculpture in situ.

  2. LOVE the photo manipulation of the keyboard, and the other photos of its 'innards'.


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