Organ supporters pipe up to rebuild world's largest musical instrument
Published 18/12/2015 | 06:51
Efforts are under way to restore a New Jersey pipe organ described as the largest musical instrument on Earth.
The massive machine at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has not functioned properly since a hurricane in 1944. Overall, it weighs about 150 tons and boasts more than 33,000 pipes.
During the organ's heyday, historians say its power and tonal range were unequalled. But it is currently operating at about a quarter of its capacity.
Supporters say they have raised about two million of their 16 million-dollar (£10.7m) goal. The funds also will help refurbish a second, smaller organ in an adjacent ballroom.
Experts hope to have the main organ working at 50% capacity by the summer. The building hosts the Miss America Pageant and other events throughout the year.