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Jane Cumming

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

I never expected to see an organ in a cavern.
The Great Stalacpipe Organ is the largest instrument in the world.
It is a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks or bells.
There was a plaque near the organ that said,
Manís genius and the hand of God are in perfect harmony.

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ZoltŠn Balogh12-Jun-2021 09:27
Wow, this is so cool! V
Kevin D Warren09-Jun-2021 12:19
Very interesting and cool shot. Somehow it makes me think of Captain Nemo and his organ.
Dennis Hoyne09-Jun-2021 02:49
This is so unique, what a great concept.
pkocinski06-Jun-2021 11:38
Wow! How cool... you don't see this every day :-)
Tom Beech06-Jun-2021 11:23
Incredible... must sound fantastic
Graeme06-Jun-2021 10:12
This is absolutely fascinating, Jane. What a find!! V
Gill Kopy06-Jun-2021 04:58
How extraordinary ! Well captured and interesting info. V
Isabel Cutler06-Jun-2021 00:15
Utterly fascinating!
Hank Vander Velde05-Jun-2021 22:42
WOW!, that is just amazing Jane. Super photo too.
laine05-Jun-2021 21:35
What an experience...super photo opportunity too. V
Raymond Ma05-Jun-2021 21:07
So fascinating how this organ works! A scene out of Fantom of the Opera. V
Nirvan Hope05-Jun-2021 19:55
Fascinating! I'd love to hear what it sounds like. (I just checked it out, on YouTube)
globalgadabout05-Jun-2021 15:18
Virginia's very own Cavern Club...sounds like singular music in a very fancy concert venue..
Nestor Derkach05-Jun-2021 14:52
Nice photograph and yes a organ in a cave not to be expected bet the sound of the organ is heavenly .
Nice sharp image Jane.
Jeff Real05-Jun-2021 14:21
What an unexpected thing!
This image makes for a delightful souvenir!
larose forest photos05-Jun-2021 14:04
Extraordinary! Who would ever think of such a thing, but I love the quirkiness of this, and your excellent shows how beautiful this scene is. V
John Hamers05-Jun-2021 13:51
Beautifully lit scene, well captured and interesting info on this unique organ. V!
danad05-Jun-2021 13:47
I have never seen such kind of organ before! Thank you for sharing ! V.
joseantonio05-Jun-2021 13:28
great capture in those difficult conditions.V.
Neil Marcus05-Jun-2021 13:02
They should sell recordings of the Organ's music. It might help play for the cavern's upkeep. Well take, Jane
Pierre Martin05-Jun-2021 12:35
what a crazy but great concept, excellent picture!
Helen Betts05-Jun-2021 12:33
That is pretty amazing, and you got a great capture of it. V.
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