Originally posted on MAKE:
New York-based electronics engineer Michael Falco set out on a unique mission four years ago: to scratch-build a carousel band organ based on a Wurlitzer 105 Military Band Organ, circa 1919. He based his build on a 1978 spiral-bound publication titled, “Wurlitzer Building Plans and Voicing Tips, Model 104/105,” authored and self-published by R. M. Stanoszek. He also utilized the knowledge of the online band organ community to inform his build. Michael will be showing his organ, named “Celebration,” at our annual World Maker Faire New York, taking place on September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
In his own words:
My goal was to construct a band organ that looked and sounded like an original. While I achieved those goals, I nevertheless incorporated modern technologies where it could be done discreetly. The instrument has 122 pipes divided into 9 ranks, constructed of…
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