View Full Version : Anyone make their own pipe organ?

03-16-2010, 07:00 PM
I'm looking to make one for my 3-d haunt. Anyone make their own custome pipe organ, 3-d or not? I'd love to see some pics for inspiration! I see some online that are either really simple or really really elaborate, I'd like something inbetween, and I'm having a hard time finding some examples!

freak 'n' stein
03-16-2010, 08:29 PM
Funny enough, yes, we are building one this year. I'd call ours more of a budget organ though, because we found an old piano last season and this year we got the BRILLIANT idea to make it into a pipe organ. Thing is, pipe organs and pianos are NOT one in the same. We started building ours two weeks ago (we generally only work the weekedns) and apparently it's finished now. (I don't know because I wasn't there to help finish it). I started taking progress pics, and come Thursday I will have the finished product pics. The idea was to simply stack/screw PVC to the piano and paint it with a bronze-ish spray paint finish.


03-16-2010, 10:33 PM
Hi Justin

one piece of advise I can offer. go to thrift stores and grab some cheap plasticy keyboards (0rgans) just for the keys, cause they are a pain to build from scrath

just dry brush them up a bit, to get rid of the plastic look

then build all the crazy evil stuff around them

03-17-2010, 05:48 AM
Thanks guys. I was actually looking on craigslist in the free section and I see a bunch of people looking to get rid of old organs free to the taking. So I might grab a few of these and put them together and build around it and make a big organ!
Thanks guys

03-17-2010, 08:01 AM
Thanks guys. I was actually looking on craigslist in the free section and I see a bunch of people looking to get rid of old organs free to the taking. So I might grab a few of these and put them together and build around it and make a big organ!
Thanks guys

You might want to take a few guys with you. if they are anything like the old stand up pianos you are going to need all the man power you can get to load it. they are heavy.

damon carson
03-17-2010, 08:10 AM
Thats the bad thing. I have been offered more than one piano for a prop. I just dont feel like a double hernia from the damn thing. If anything just make it look like a piano. Gravely had a great idea with the keys off of keyboards. Im still wanting to make one myself. I love that one of scarefactorys. And if all fails im sure you could contact Jim Warfield on any putting his organ into pipe storys he may have. LOL!

03-17-2010, 09:17 AM

03-17-2010, 10:05 AM
If you look at the photos Midnight Syndicate posted from their video shoot, there was a twisted pipe organ made for that, and I believe material cost was less than $100. Nice thing about haunts is that you can hide a lot with low lighting and make it look cool without making it "complete".

Mike "Pogo" Hach

freak 'n' stein
04-14-2010, 04:15 PM
Just some finished pics. Sorry it took forever to post.





04-14-2010, 07:02 PM
Shawn it looks Killer. Great job to you and your crew!

freak 'n' stein
04-14-2010, 08:28 PM
Thanks Neil!!! The latest project started was our Grandfather Clock...now IT is amazing!!!

04-14-2010, 08:37 PM
O'Shawn, great job on that piano!!! Looks really good, and we just might do the same thing to ours.

And you're gonna have to post pics of that clock now that you mentioned it.

04-14-2010, 08:40 PM
Wow Shawn!! Amazing!! I am getting ready to faux an old organ up myself. Pictures of the Grandfather clock please!!! Your crew does a fine job. Any chance I can get them to take a vacation out to East Texas? I have plenty of room. My cooking isn't bad either. Looking good!! Keep the pictures coming.

04-14-2010, 08:47 PM
Shawn, Sue is cool, and she's got a great place, but don't let her lie to you!!!

The cooking is deadly!!! Lol

when she's not looking, just take a fork full and feed it to the dogs!! They don't mind.

But don't let her catch you doing it!!! Or you just might be that next corpse she was gonna build!!

freak 'n' stein
04-14-2010, 09:01 PM
Thanks guys. CREW is a relative term. It's essentially just myself and Danny (that's his forum name)...he builds most stuff and I make it look good!! haha

LMAO BRAD!!!! [duly-noted]

Sue, I'd be happy to take you up on your offer. I'll buy the plane ticket and you take care of the rest :D

We finished the clock on Sunday however I didn't get any finished pics of it. I snapped a few on my blackberry. I'll get better ones ASAP! It's gonna have an actor pop out of it...fun stuff




04-15-2010, 05:48 AM
Yes I am cool Brad and I also can get my hands of liquid nitrogen.......do you know how long it takes to freeze something or someone? Not long....hehehe. Oh and yeeesssssss my homemade bar-b-que is to die for! Now exactly when did you say you were coming over to help?????

04-15-2010, 07:26 AM
I agree, great prop, god job!

04-15-2010, 02:22 PM
Ok Sue!!! You just reeled me in with that BBQ!!!

And Shawn, if you do come over here, you better do it on a week that I'm home and not in Alaska! We need to hang out more after TW for sure!!

And I know some great places to go eat and have fun too!!

freak 'n' stein
04-15-2010, 08:48 PM
To DIE FOR?!!! Hahaha...yeah, I'm definitely there. It wasn't the barbecue that enticed me...it was the threat of LIQUID NITROGEN!!! But I'm all about some good BBQ!!!

I'll make sure to schedule a flight when Brad is with us in the CONTIGUOUS United States, cause yes, a post-transworld reunion would be awesome!

...in the mean-time my bank account has to recover from St. Louis. :D

Jim Warfield
04-15-2010, 09:48 PM
Then I don't need to wait on donors!
Years ago for $10.00 I bought a 1963 Hammond organ at a junk sale. I had a correct premonition concerning this organ:"I'll get it home, it will play once , then quit and never make another sound".
That's exactly what happened.
I was going to use the big keyboard, I haven't yet but the internals are really tricky looking it was on the edge of new and old technology and it's guts make good lab equiptment-looking mechanical-electrics.
All old pianos are not real heavy. Some were built around a huge, thick upright piece of cast iron? that they strung all the strings to, THis is the HEAVY sucker! Some other possibly cheaper pianos didn't have the cast iron, just wood instead.
Damon has been to my house and he knows my organ is real heavy.

damon carson
04-16-2010, 08:33 AM
Lol Jim! I remember staying up and talking to you till 4 a.m. but I dont recall moving any organ. Ha! Anyway. There used to be a guy here in town that used to drive this old beat up van. And on the side it said Organ Repair Service. I remember when I was younger we used to get a kick out of seeing that van. That was before the days of viagra. I guess he is out of business now. LOL!