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Luray Caverns, Virginia
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ is an electrically actuated litho phone. A litho phone is a musical instrument consisting of a rock or pieces of rock which are struck to produce musical notes.  This organ is operated by a custom console that produces the tapping of ancient stalactites of varying sizes with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets in order to produce different tones. The instrument's name was derived from the resemblance of the selected "37" naturally formed stalactites to the pipe work of a traditional pipe organ. There is an organ style keyboard console without the pipes that can actually be played like a regular pipe organ. It was designed and implemented in 1956 over three years by Leland W. Sprinkle inside the Luray Caverns.

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That's what these long slim strips of rock are called..


This is the organ that operates the electronic thumpers on the rocks to make  beautiful music. This is the highlight of your venture into the cave.

Picture above was with a flash and the picture below without a flash.
The colors of the rock come out so much better without the flash.




More Organ Pictures on the next page.

 
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