The Fairground Organ: Its Music, Mechanism and History
by Eric V Cockayne
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ISBN Number: NA
Format: 
Hardback with dustjacket
Number of Pages:
 245
Publication Date: 
1970 (Revised Edition, 2011)
Publisher:
 St Albans Musical Museum Society

The mechanical organ used to be one of the fairground's most popular attractions. Supplying the gay background music for the rides, it also acted as a "front of house" enticement for the side-shows. This book describes the mechanism of the organs, the music they played and their history.

Chapters: Music, The Pneumatic System, Key Frames and Tracker Bars, Registers, Pipework-Percussions-Prosceniums, Scales, Tuning, A Short History. There is also a useful Appendix covering Restoration, etc. A most comprehensive book on the subject.

This Revised Edition was published by the St Albans Musical Museum Society in 2011.

 

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