How Did Ancient Pipe Organs Work?

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How Did Ancient Pipe Organs Work?
« on: 04/03/2011 14:10:41 »
I had the immense honour of hearing Widor's Toccata last night at St Paul's Cathedral in London - and a question occurred to me.  The organ in St Paul's was constructed at the same time as the building- it was contracted for in 1694 - and I presume completed at the point when Parliament declared St Paul's completed almost exactly 300 years ago.  The very largest pipes produce a sound that one feels as much as hears (even in 1694 a 16 foot pitch pipe was included) and I would guess a fair volume of air needs to be pushed around. 

My question is - what power source and air storage devices would such a machine need?  This was before even the steam engine was in use - so the power would have to be either man/animal or water/wind? It couldn't just be one bloke with a foot pump, or could it? 
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« Reply #1 on: 04/03/2011 15:58:00 »
Take a look here. for searching on it. It seems as Jennings Organs built the organ pipe though?
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« Reply #2 on: 04/03/2011 16:14:17 »
Take a look here. for searching on it. It seems as Jennings Organs built the organ pipe though?


I'm scared to click on the organ gallery !!
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« Reply #3 on: 04/03/2011 18:12:35 »
Until fairly recently, most church organs were human powered.
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