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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

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.

« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2013 02:00:38 PM »

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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