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Report - Glasgow University Chapel Organ, May 2012

BenCooper

Mr Boombastic
Regular User
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This is the organ of Glasgow University Chapel - the same chapel I explored the roof of a couple of months ago. Luckily the chaplain is a good bloke (and I fix his bike on occasion) so he invited me inside to photograph the absolutely incredible organ.

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Originally built along with the rest of the chapel in 1929 for the sum of £75,000 (an incredible £3.7M in today's money), it was in a bad way until it was recently restored for a similarly eye-watering amount.

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It really is an incredible work of engineering, though - there are 2,500 pipes in all sizes, from ones smaller than a pencil to ones taller than three people, made of metal or wood.

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How's this for a fantastic valve system? The air reservoir empties, the weight drops, it pulls the fabric tape over a couple of pulleys, and opes the valve to let in more air.

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It was a really cramped space to work in - the organ was also being played at the time, so quite loud and I kept being squirted with jets of air!

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That's it, really...
 
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