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 kit is presented in a large cardboard box (51 x 36 x 2.5 cm) and contains everything required to make the organ. The builder only needs to supply glue, a sharp modelling knife, metal straight edge, and a cutting mat. A length of perforated music roll is provided, which plays the traditional melody “Whisky in the Jar”; blank paper is included so the builder can also try their hand at cutting extra tunes for it.
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 (perhaps with a little help from an adult), 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 photos, 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.
We also have a facebook page (public) and a facebook group (for those already with a facebook login). The group, in particular, offers a meeting place for anyone who is thinking of buying, has built, or is in the process of making, The Paper Organ Kit. If you buy a kit, you can also download some additional helpful instructions, here.
Pour nos clients francophones
Merci à Mons. Franck Bernetière pour la traduction de la fiche d’instructions supplémentaires en français.
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Kit price £24.99 plus UK postage & packing £4.99
Our courier always requests a phone number before delivery can be authorised. This is only used if help is needed by the courier to find your location on the day of delivery.
Dutch instructions for building the kit are available. Please mention this under ‘special instructions’ when you make your payment.
We offer wholesale rates to museums, craft shops and other retailers. (Minimum order 10 pieces). Further details on request.
The Paper Organ Kit is now available, over the counter, at The Musical Museum in London, UK (although not yet shown on their website, as of 27 August 2019)