Sort of Train Related...

Over the past several years I have been installing a theatre pipe organ in our home.  One of the features of these instruments is the sound effects used in accompanying silent movies.  I have slowly been adding these effects, or toys, over the past several months. 

This past week I built and installed a train whistle.  I researched whistle pitches and selected several samples to try. I was not satisfied with any of the pitch sequences that I found.  In the end I came up with my own three chime whistle.  I liked the sound of the three pitches and constructed the pipes accordingly.  I know it would have sounded a whole lot better if I was using steam instead of air, but this thing is in a house and is plenty loud as it is.

Here is a short video of the whistle.  Sorry about the quality.  I was trying to do three things at once, which is about two and a half more than I am capable of.

Tom  

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smd4 posted:

I think that sounds fine! Can you quill it?

Unfortunately, with electro-pneumatic action I can't quill it.  Its either on or off.  I had a friend who made a whistle for his pipe organ that could be quilled.  He had a lanyard over the console that was attached to the valve inside the windchest.  He could really make it sound like a locomotive. 

Tom

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