The Fairground Organ: Its Music, Mechanism and History
by Eric V Cockayne

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Hardback with dustjacket
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1970 (Revised Edition, 2011)
 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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