The or­gan

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length, are re­cy­cled rimu pan­els that Ian sal­vaged from a de­mo­li­tion job in­stead of us­ing them for fire­wood. To tune it he made the pipes a lit­tle bit longer and ad­justed them ac­cord­ing to a four-inch wa­ter-pres­sure tun­ing gauge he made. He had 130 pipes and needed more room, which is where the up­stairs sit­ting room came in handy. “He’s not musical, that’s the strange thing, but the or­gan has been a real as­set. We’ve taken it to Vir­ginia Lake and to lots of events around Whanganui,” says Fay. The small hand-cranked or­gan grinder Ian made was at the time tak­ing part in a Mary Pop­pins musical in New Ply­mouth. Ian made the or­gan 10 years ago and he says that it was much the same as work­ing on a car — just mak­ing the com­po­nent pieces and putting them to­gether. “I don’t know why I made the or­gan. There was a parade through the town and I saw a bloke with a hand or­gan and I said, ‘Where did you get that from?’ He said to go on the in­ter­net to find how to make it but warned that ‘what­ever you do, don’t make the 26note or­gan.’ So me be­ing me, I made the 26-note or­gan. Ev­ery­thing’s so close — within 1mm. But then I thought I wanted some­thing a bit bet­ter and ended up mak­ing the 64-note or­gan.” The rec­tan­gu­lar pipes, all a dif­fer­ent

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