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« on: July 04, 2013 01:10:11 AM »



A long while back I embarked upon a quest to build a very strange instrument that I had imagined. The end result is an acoustic, human powered, portable, wearable reed organ. I've taken to calling it the "Borgan" Cheesy



To make the borgan, I used two old accordions that were in need of repair. Both of their button-boxes were shot, but the keyboard and bellows from both instruments only needed a little bit of TLC. So they were given new life within this strange frame.

The air for the instrument is generated via two foot-pumps which I built from plywood, leather, cabinet hinges and springs:


It flows from the foot pumps and is stored in the bellows, which have been linked together:


When notes are pressed on the keyboard, air flows out of the larger air hoses and into an air intake on the back of the keyboard assembly - where it then flows over the reeds to produce sound:


For a demo, I played a very shortened version of Mozart's Rondo in A Minor  Smiley
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My favorite part of this project was the discovery that I'm actually NOT the first person to build an instrument like this. Much to my delight, someone who heard about what I planned to build sent me a link to an instrument built by an Argentinian man in the 1980's. The man's name is Nez Corts and he calls his instrument the Organo De Campanias. It's absolutely beautiful and information on his instrument can be found here (in spanish): http://www.lesluthiers.com/frame_instrumentos.htm
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013 03:41:16 AM »

Wonderful project! I ardmire your creativity!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013 03:49:11 AM »

OUTSTANDING! I'm in awe of people who can make music,that goes double for people who can make instruments!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013 06:10:28 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013 07:08:40 AM »

That is amazing.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013 08:52:39 AM »

You, sir, are a creative genius!!  I watched the Youtube vid and it's really cool!  Love the whole concept  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2013 12:37:41 PM »

 Shocked Wow! Very impressed.
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Had to show my husband this. Too great.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013 02:30:32 PM »

Wonderfully creative--I love it!
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013 04:53:32 PM »

Trully beautiful instrument!  Love it!
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013 05:33:00 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2013 10:39:42 PM »

I love this concept, and the fact that it is recycled.  Yay for you!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013 06:47:50 AM »

I love it. So creative.
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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2013 05:40:15 PM »

Wow! 
So does each keyboard play the same octaves, or is there a treble and a bass?
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2013 12:14:55 AM »

Wow! 
So does each keyboard play the same octaves, or is there a treble and a bass?

The answer, strangely enough, is both. The left-hand keyboard has two sound settings and the right-hand keyboard has three. These sound settings make it possible to engage or disengage airflow to different sets of reeds within the keyboards. So, for example, you can set it up so that the bass and treble reeds are both engaged on the left hand, but only the treble reeds are engaged on the right. Or you can set it so that both keyboards are treble. It's nice because it allows the instrument to be a bit adaptable Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2013 12:51:27 PM »

Amazing!!! And gorgeous shots of you playing.
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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2013 06:45:12 PM »

More art than craft! Well done!
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2013 03:40:28 AM »

WOOOOOOOOOOW. This is magical.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2013 10:25:01 AM »

You are truly a mad scientist. Love it.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2013 11:37:10 AM »

Awesome!   Cheesy  I had to click "This Rocks!"   Cheesy   
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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2013 11:49:56 AM »

absolutely brilliant.  so very cool indeed.
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2013 05:42:09 AM »

SERIOUSLY???  Shocked That is probably the coolest thing I'm going to see today. Smiley
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That was fun to watch. I imagined you would have to be stationary until you proved otherwise. Must have been a real workout too.
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« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2013 12:01:38 PM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2013 03:06:52 PM »

Marvelous!
I wish i could hear you play.
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« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2013 10:47:50 PM »

How absolutely totally cool. I thought I was a smarty pants to build my own "boomba", but this just takes the cake! I am mesmerized. Honestly. It just blows me away. (Pardon the "air" pun there, I have played accordian before.  Grin) I currently play drums. Too bad I am not nearer to Washington (I am Tennessee) or we could get together and JAM!

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