Pipe Organs

The Kit

    Just what you've been waiting for! The Castlewood Busker is an organ kit for the home constructor. It measures 375mm (15") wide x 300mm (12") high x 290mm (11.5") deep. It is made from best quality hoop pine and is cut by laser for the finest accuracy. The parts have edges like a castle, hence the name "Castlewood", which provide strong lightweight joints and is good from an assembly viewpoint.
    All the drudgery and difficult bits have been done for you, but that does not diminish the skill of such a project. It means that you do not need complex tools or machinery to build it and the fun part is left for you. It also means that you can build and own an organ at an affordable price because you are the one building it.
    This is an ideal kit for all ages. If you are mechanically minded, you'll love it. Grandad can make one for and/or with his grandkids.
    Since John Smith brought out his Busker and others have adopted the same 20-note standard it seems commonsense to use the same standard. In this way we can all share the same music sources without being held to ransom by a single supplier (e.g. Us). Melvyn Wright in England is a great arranger and manages to get the best out of busker organs. He has a large selection of music. His music is in the form of paper masters which is copied to cut your own roll. Ed Gaida, in San Antonio, Texas supplies Melvyn's music in ready to play punched form. Check out either website, (click on their names), but don't forget to come back !
  You can cut your own too. The background music playing is Henry's Tune which has been arranged by Melvyn. It was written by my dad, Henry Newsome.
   The organ has 20 pipes which are directly blown through holes in the paper. A pair of double acting bellows feed air to a reservoir and a pressure box. The pressure box contains the paper music roll which is pulled from one spool to another over a tracker bar. The only way out for the air is into this tracker bar when the holes in the music roll expose the holes in the tracker bar. Each hole is connected to a different organ pipe
   This kit caters for left handed as well as right handed people as there is a crank drive on both sides of the organ. Two handles are supplied in the kit so either or both can be fitted. (You can change hands while you scratch your ear mid tune, see, without missing a beat.)
If you've got this far, why not go back and click on More Pictures to find out more.

    To build this organ you will require glues and adhesives, stains, varnishes, paints or lacquers and a few general tools. eg ruler, pencil, sharp knife or scalpel, and a place to build it. eg table or work bench.
     The plans and instructions are extremely comprehensive and easy to follow. Ambiguities have been removed where ever found. The kit even includes a pipe-cutter and a Korg CA-30 Guitar Tuner
    The final finish is left to the individual. It can simply be lacquered, varnished, or coated in polyurathane. Or you may choose to stain it first. Some may choose to paint it cheerful colours. For those who wish to do fancy cabinet work with marquetry inlays there are some beautiful Australian woods available as no doubt there are in many other places in the world.


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