We are going to see one of the giant Pipe Organs in the world, an instrument having the size of a building. This is in the Presbyterian Church in Downtown Chicago and Mr. John Shearer talking about the Pipe Organ.
The Pipe Organ is actually a wind instrument. The church is the supporting structure and resonating chamber of the organ, making it a vital piece of the instrument itself. It is a multi-instrument in one single instrument of its kind.
He says, each one the pipes weighs about thousand pounds and this organ has more than 8000 pipes in total. The pipes are up to 32 feet tall. The bigger the pipes, the lower the notes played by it. Some pipes are as small as the little finger, which play really high notes.
The pipes are scattered all over the place – front, back and the side. There are blowers for the three locations and another blower for the main organ in the basement of the building. The organ produces the surround sound around the whole room.
Let us watch the video to see this amazing instrument. Mr. John Shearer explains in detail about the Pipe Organ and its history.