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The Stalacpipe Organ

Almost 50 metres below the ground in Page County, Virginia lies the worlds largest musical instrument: a four acre cave-turned-keyboard known as The Great Stalacpipe Organ. The Luray Caverns Cave runs over 64 acres of private property, therefore not restricting them to regular constraints of state parks. The owners, together with mathematician and electronics scientist Leland W. Spinkle created an instrument that works by connecting the organs keys to rubber mallets that strike stalacpipes with the corresponding musical pitch, like a xylophone. The process of finding stalacpipes with corresponding musical pitch was time consuming and only resulted in two with the correct musical scale. Other stalacpipes had to be sanded to the right notes, taking a long three years.

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