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    Would it be possible to use a 5hp shop vac (on blow of course) to wind a 4 rank organ? I thought of this last night while i was cleaning some stopped wood pipes with small critter poop in them. I took the hose and plugged it in to the exhuast port and found that one pipe spoke very well with the pressure from the hose. I find the price of "organ blowers" to be rather expensive.

    Ideas or comments?

    Thanks
    Chris

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    You could use it but I don’t think the motor would last very long. The other problem is the volume of air that needs to be moved when playing large cords on multiple ranks.

    Oh, and don’t forget the regulator.

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    • #3
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      used/old organ blowers show up on ebay from time to time.


      here is a "green box" blower (whatever that is)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Kinetic-Green-Bo...QQcmdZViewItem

      current bid 1 dollar, 3 hours 50 minutes remaining in the auction, Watertown, New York location.

      There is about one older blower on ebay every week or so. Sometimes brand new ones show up which go for big money, but the older ones are quite reasonable. (if noise is not a issue).

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      • #4
        Re: Organ Blowers

        Greetings,


        Speaking of which. Tell us about your blower, NYC!

        Best,

        - N

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        • #5
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          The first organ I ever built (had a whopping 12 pipes) was winded by a shopvac blower. The blower had way too much pressure and it was way too loud; even in a box covered with blankets. I'd offer you my extra 3/4HP Spencer, but I think that'd be a bit much for 4 ranks. I have an old 1/3HP Spencer for my 4 rank and it works great.

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          • #6
            Re: Organ Blowers

            that blower on ebay went for 23 dollars.



            Klein, I myself am awaiting a Zephyr new blower for my Reuter. I'm told it is quiet enough that they are (new Zephyr's) sometimes installed open inside swell boxes of organs. Should be installed sometime in May or June.

            The current blower I have is VERY VERY noisey.

            I'll be keeping the old original blower as a backup or for use on another pipe organ someday where its loudness won't be a issue..

            sad update though: my church voted on Sunday to demolish the building my Reuter pipe organ came out of.

            So it obviously won't be going back to the church as was my plan... unless I can convince them not to tear down the old church but that will be quite a feat.

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            • #7
              Re: Organ Blowers

              Greetings,

              Good grief, they are really making changes eh? Are you going to save the shades in that instance?

              - N

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