Here are some photos of my trip in October of 2006 to visit Eastern Organ Pipes in Hagerstown, MD
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In October I flew to Hagerstown, MD to visit Eastern Organ Pipes. They are making a capped 8' oboe for me with a 12 note 16' extension. Rick Morrison, one of the owners, gave me a tour and showed parts of my set under construction. I brought back 2 sample pipes to check the volume of the pipes with the rest of the organ.

shop floor at Eastern Organ Pipes The shop floor at Eastern organ. All the steel mandrels of different sizes are used for shaping the pipes.
melting furnace and bars of tin This is a furnace that is no longer used, but notice bars of tin on the floor used to make pipe metal.
table for making spotted pipe metal This table is used for making spotted metal, it is covered with linen. A mixture of tin and lead is melted in the far corner of the room. Notice the finished rolls of metal on the floor.
molten spotted metal is poured on table The molten mixture is poured into this container. A wooden trough that spans the table is filled with the mixture and then pulled across the table.
spotted metal Once the metal dries it takes on the characteristic spotted appearance. The size of the spots can be indicative of the ratio of tin to lead.
new shallots for oboe These are called shallots and are part of the speaking end of the oboe. They are made of brass and a thin brass tongue will vibrate against the face of these pieces.
painting sizing on pipe to protect while soldering seams A material called sizing is painted on the spotted metal. It will protect the rest of the pipe as the seams are soldered. Remember the metal is soft and easily melted.
my new oboe still protected by the sizing that will be washed off This are my oboe resonators. The conical tubes have been shaped and the seams soldered. The pipes still have the sizing material on them for protection. That will later be washed off.
Rick Morrison demonstrates the sound of a sample oboe Rick takes me into their voicing room to hear the sample pipes that I brought home.