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HardPipe: Reconstruction of pipe alloys for historic organs

Objective

True Baroque organ sound can only come back to life in the 21st century by developing historically correct lead-tin alloys and implementing them in organ pipes. By providing the technology to rebuild and create instruments with tailored sound qualities, the organ builders in Europe, especially in Baltic states will be increasing competitive in the world market for new instruments and uniquely qualified to secure contracts for the restoration historically valuable organs within EU. Achieving true Baroque sound requires overcoming significant materials science challenges. An organ contains flue and reed pipes constructed of lead-tin alloys. This project aims to completely reproduce the beautiful warmth and blazing fanfare of Baroque music by developing historically accurate lead-tin alloys. The sound properties of the historic pipe organs differed from region to region since they were constructed from locally available materials. However local restoration efforts would be too big an effort for this project. This project will be effectively and efficiently carried out with participation of SME organ builder from Baltic state in conjunction with top quality research institutions across Europe and NIS countries. The final project deliverables include (a) identifying historically accurate alloy compositions (b) developing the processes necessary to reproduce historically accurate material properties (c) manufacturing alloys for replacement parts for historic pipes as well as for new pipes in reconstruction projects.

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Coordinator

GÖTEBORG ORGAN ART CENTER (GOART)

Address

Ebbe Lieberathsgatan, 120
GÖTeborg

Sweden

Administrative Contact

Alf ÅSLUND

Participants (5)

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INSTITUTE OF SOLID STATE PHYSICS

Russia

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF UKRAINE «KYIV POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE»

Ukraine

NIZHNY NOVGOROD STATE UNIVERSITY

Russia

UGALE ORGANBUILDING WORKSHOP

Latvia

UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA

Latvia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: INTAS 2005-1000008-8120

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2009

Funded under:

IC-INTAS

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 110 000

Coordinated by:

GÖTEBORG ORGAN ART CENTER (GOART)

Sweden