Wednesday, October 5, 2016

30 Days of Weird Instruments, Day 21 -- the Great Stalacpipe Organ

I'll say it again... anything can be a musical instrument.

Take the Luray Caverns near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, home of the Great Stalacpipe Organ. A keyboard console controls a series of mallets that strike specific stalactites shaved down to produce specific notes.

It was designed and built over a three year period beginning in 1956 by Leland W. Sprinkle, and has since made it onto a good number of records. When played, it can be heard without additional amplification throughout the entirety of Luray Caverns.

YouTube has a nice "Ripley's Believe It or Not" video about it, so check it out for a little more background.

Tomorrow's instrument towers above the competition.

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