Introduction: 20-note Street Organ

This is a homemade 20 note street organ. It is completely enclosed in 1/4" plexiglass so all the mechnical movements can be observed while it is playing. Music is provided on a paper music roll. Motion is provided with a hand crank on the rear of the organ. The cart is hand made and has storage shelves inside the skirt.

Starting from scratch it would take about one month to build this organ assuming you still have to work for a living. All the parts are available at common home improvement centers except for the drapery blackout material found in fabric stores. It can be built using power tools found in most woodworking shops.

I would like to give some very basic instructions on how to build the whistles and then you can decide if you want to look deeper into the project.
You can use just about any kind of wood that you have laying around as long as it is clear and solid. I used plain carpenters glue for everything. The basic layout of the whistle is shown below. The dimensions for each whistle are also given.
The two longest whistles are bent as shown to fit onto the backside of the mounting panel. Windows are cut into the panel to allow the sound to come out the front.
The whistles are tuned using about 5 - 6 water column inches of pressure. A diagram of a homemade Manometer used to measure the water column inches is shown below.The whistles are almost a complete chromatic scale so you might be able to find another novel use for them.
Of course It would be nice to have a lot more detail on whistle construction but maybe this will be enough to get you started. There is a lot of information on the internet about "Home brew" street Organs.






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Bryan+Smith made it!(author)2017-07-11

You can get plans for the John Smith busker organs here:

http://www.johnsmithbusker.co.uk/

He's pretty much the guy who started the modern homemade busker organ craze.

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RolfeP made it!(author)2016-07-23

hello you still selling the book, I can't find it on eBay?

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Pheline made it!(author)2015-10-20

Is there a price or link to how to buy or do I just not see it? An e-book that maybe covers the cost of hosting the site would probably be a reasonable thing to do, at most.

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pennyfar made it!(author)2015-01-26

I like instructables too, because people share, and don't sell. I'd like to give some of the pages of a book that I have, and swap from another. That way I can share the in the making of another 20-note organ, just for the pleasure of it, not for the money.

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I8mAll made it!(author)2014-09-25

~I don't understand... I admire Instructables because people share, not sell. It seems this entry is in the wrong arena. Give something... perhaps the drawings only but share! I don't care how good the book or the results are - I do care that this muddies the clear beauty of my favourite site.

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calliopeguy made it!(author)2014-09-25

My apologies sir. You are correct in your thinking. My problem is the project is so big that it can't fit into the instructables but I did want to share something that was home made. However I did take your suggestion and at least added some instructions on how to make the whistle part of the organ which could possibly be put to use by creative thinkers.

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frikandel made it!(author)2013-01-07

So this is basically an advertisement to buy a book? Pretty useless as an instructable!

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Wario made it!(author)2013-03-11

Fortunately its helped a few, including myself, to have a foundation to start on, to me that makes it a good instructable :)

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jgray16 made it!(author)2012-07-13

I bought your ebook and the drawings and have been working on my street organ as time allows. So far the instructions have been very easy to follow and everything is going together nicely. I have made a few little changes to your plans but for the most part have followed them as you have outlined them. When I finish, I'll send pictures or a link to pictures and youtube videos. Thanks for making this easy......Jim


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calliopeguy made it!(author)2012-07-14

JIM - Thanks for the support on my book. If you have any questions along the way just let me know and I'll do what I can to help you out
Ken

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chgeiselmann made it!(author)2011-08-27

This is amazing. And it is very well tuned.
You probably wouldn't want to publish something like a construction plan here?
I personally would not have the time to build an organ like this now... but when I get retired, this would be a very favourable projects (together with my grandchildren or so.)...
Kind regards,
Christian

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calliopeguy made it!(author)2011-08-27

I do have a 250 page book of instructions on how I built this thing. Let me know if you are interested in building this thing....it really is not too difficult

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msilva12 made it!(author)2011-08-31

i would like to have that 250 page book instructions on how to built this. i'm a living statue performer and i'd like to do a statue of a balerina in a music box. so it had to be constructed in large scale. i can i do that?

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calliopeguy made it!(author)2011-08-31

To all that have inquired, I am very near completion of an ebook version of my construction plans for this organ. If you are interested, please email me at:

calliopeguy@hotmail.com

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Treeweeler made it!(author)2012-07-08

Hi

I would be interested in your plans to build the 20 note organ.

Regards

Ray
Belfast. Northern Ireland

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calliopeguy made it!(author)2012-07-09

Ray - The printed plans for the organ are available on ebay at:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320934146706?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

or you can just do a search on ebay for:
"Street Organ Plans" without the quotes

Please let me know if you have any trouble locating the item
Ken

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msilva12 made it!(author)2011-08-31

one question! can i large the actual size of this model? will it work?

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danstax made it!(author)2012-03-06

Hi, I would like to get a copy of your book on building the Busker Organ. From watching your videos and seeing that you devoted 250 pages to your plans, I can tell it is worth having. I have purchased both the John Smith and Melvyn Wright plans, but they are both, in my opinion, unreadable. I have 35 years experience as a woodworker, and have never seen such a jumble of napkin scrawling. I would love to build one, and will be happy to pay for your plans. You can contact me through Instructables, or private message.
Thanks,
Dan

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turk182-uk made it!(author)2012-02-16

Hi may i plz have a copy of the 250 page instructions on how I built the Organ . thank you

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black_towers made it!(author)2012-05-20

That's fantastic!
I would love a copy of the instructions.
Thanks
black_towers@hotmail.com

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calliopeguy made it!(author)2012-03-15

I now have a complete set of construction plans available for this organ. The ebook version is available on Amazon.com with the name "20-note Street Organ". The 254 page printed copy is available on ebay under the name "Street Organ plans". I do offer online help to anybody that buys the plans.
Ken

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SANDBOX1 made it!(author)2012-02-02

Great build!!! What do you plan to build next? I sent you a request for a copy of your ebook.

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ksmith9 made it!(author)2011-05-13

That is IMPRESSIVE!

I can't believe you haven't gotten more comments from this!

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rimar2000 made it!(author)2011-04-24

AWESOME, I LOVE IT. You are a great maker.

But please, add captions to the video, so we non-anglophone can understand that you are saying. Hearing English, I can't understand a phrase!

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