The Fairground Organ: Its Music, Mechanism and History with an Appendix by Ronald Leach - Eric V. [victor] CockayneNewton Abbot: David & Charles, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is damp-stained on the reverse at the bottom edge. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Price Clipped. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Appendices ; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Musical scores; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “The mechanical organ used to be one of the fairground’s most popular attractions. Supplying the gay background music for the rides, it also acted as a ‘front of house’ enticement for the side-shows. This book describes the mechanisms of the organs, the music they played and their history.
Details of the motive power used to drive the organs, and the individual components, such as bellows, wind chests and pneumatic systems are described, and a special chapter deals with the types of pipes used to make up the various stops and registers.
Examples are given of the tunes played and of how the music was arranged and manufactured. The amateur builder and restorer is assisted by a chapter on the various ‘scales’, the arrangement of the notes, percussion effects and other operational controls. Practical advice on restoration and the construction of organ pipes at home for experimental purposes is included.
The illustrations include reproductions from old catalogues, diagrams of mechanisms and scales, and makers’ trademarks.”