How does a pipe organ work?

Music Instrument

Of all the musical instruments, pipe organs are the biggest.  Pipe organs may have hundreds or even thousands of pipes in them.

The sound of the pipe organ is produced by letting air into sets of pipes.  The pipes are all of different lengths and sizes.

The longest pipe make the deepest note, the shortest pipe the highest note.  All pipes are connected to an air chamber that is kept full of air by a blower.

When you press down on an organ key, this opens valves that let air blow into certain pipes.  The air vibrates in the pipes to make the musical sound.

Big pipe organs usually have several keyboards, including one from the feet.  Around the keyboards are row of fevers called “stops.”  The stops open up groups of pipes.

One group makes trumpet-like tones.  Another makes cello-like sound.  And still another stop will open a group of pipes that can make all the tones a flute can play. – Dick Rogers

 

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