The Paper Organ Kit

The Paper Organ Kit – possibly the world’s smallest roll-playing instrument!

Back in 1990, Benjamin Hurdle won a national competition to produce a working model made only of paper and cardboard. His entry was an ingenious Paper Organ Kit. His initial design was later professionally produced on sheets of quality card and paper in full colour by a Dutch printing firm.

The finished product is decorated with images of the famous Perlee Dutch street organ “The Arab”.

The Paper Organ Kit -

The kit, which is presented in a large, slim cardboard box, contains everything required to make the organ. The builder only needs to supply glue and a few simple tools. A length of perforated music roll is provided, which plays the tradition melody “Whisky in the Jar”; blank paper is included so the builder can also try their hand at cutting extra tunes for it.

Papaer Organ Kit box -

For some time we have been sole distributors for this unique product, and have supplied more than 1500 kits to individuals and shops in this country and abroad.

With an intended skill level of 12 years of age and upwards, the Paper Organ Kit makes an interesting, educational and entertaining gift, and, on completion, it actually plays! One enterprising Dutch customer has even cut his own version of the Grand March from Aïda for it!

As will be seen from the accompanying photo, the double bellows are located on the left-hand side of the kit; these are operated by the player and feed wind into the base of the organ, which acts as a reservoir. The music roll on the right passes beneath the “pipes” when one of the handles is turned by the operator’s other hand. Air passes through the holes in the music roll and creates a sound similar to whistling across the edge of a piece of cardboard. The roll is rewound by turning the other handle.

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Kit price £24.99 plus UK postage & packing £4.99

Prices for shipping to the rest of the world on request.

We offer wholesale rates to museums, craft shops and other retailers. (Minimum order 10 pieces). Further details on request.

Here is a link for our Dutch-speaking friends. In the Netherlands, the kits are also available from Museum Vosbergen.