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The Oomphalapompatronium

The Oomphalapompatronium is a musical instrument developed and built by Leonard Solomon. It’s a wind-powered organ made of PVC pipe, belts, bladders, and bottles. Enjoy Solomon’s rendition of “Shortnin’ Bread.”

(YouTube link)

Get a closer look at the Oomphalapompatronium in an earlier video. -via Laughing Squid 

Solomon has plenty of homemade instruments he designed. Want to hear them?

Check out Solomon’s Majestic Bellowphone, the instrument that made him famous.

(YouTube link)

The Callioforte.

(YouTube link)

The Gahoon. Solomon didn’t invent this one, but he built it.  

(YouTube link)

The wine glass drone. The name he uses is much longer. It’s connected to the Callioforte and provides the medieval drone sound.  

(YouTube link)

Solomon throws everything he can find in his workshop together here, which he calls his “Ensemble,” to play the Light Cavalry Overture.

(YouTube link)


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I am so glad for the Internet and YouTube. In past days, people would work on such things in the obscurity of their own homes, with only neighbors and family to know about them. Now, the native genius, strength and talent of so many is made known to the world.
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