26 episodes

Join Simon and Leah as they bike across Europe, seeking out big, bizarre and beautiful pipe organs and their human handlers.

Organ Safari Simon Abbott and Leah Collins Lipsett

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Join Simon and Leah as they bike across Europe, seeking out big, bizarre and beautiful pipe organs and their human handlers.

    Episode 025 — Lucerne

    Episode 025 — Lucerne

    Of all the big beasts on the Savannah, there is none larger than the Subcontra C of the principal 32’ of the Hofkirche St. Leodegar Organ in Lucerne. Join intrepid explorers Leah and Simon, and their guide Wolfgang Sieber, as they track down the world's largest organ pipe — a pipe that could swallow you whole.

    • 30 min
    Episode 024 — The Cinema Organ

    Episode 024 — The Cinema Organ

    Perhaps we should have called the episode "The Theatre Organ", because the specimens we examine are all American. Pith helmets girded tight, safariers Leah and Simon venture into the wilds of California to study this little-understood animal. 

    • 59 min
    Episode 023 — Brother Georg's Organs

    Episode 023 — Brother Georg's Organs

    In our many years of safariing, this is the craziest piece of pipe organ DIY we have ever come across. Brother Jorge's Organ San Patricio contains parts of dozens of other instruments and has been a lifetime in the making.

    • 39 min
    Episode 022 — Sion

    Episode 022 — Sion

    His stupefying single-mindedness yet again on display, Simon brings us another contender for the world's oldest organ—this time from the wilds of a Swiss mountaintop. Oldest or not, the organ at the Valère Basilia in Sion, Switzerland is a singularly fascinating beast.

    • 46 min
    Episode 021 — Fratelli Ruffatti

    Episode 021 — Fratelli Ruffatti

    Simon rolls a natural twenty on his charisma check to explain to Leah his visit to the wondrous workshop of the Fratelli Ruffatti, prominent international organ builders. In addition to the D&Desque forges and foundries, we learned about the Ruffatti-Canada connection and some inside stories from the Crystal Cathedral.

    • 52 min
    Episode 020 — The Spreckels Organ

    Episode 020 — The Spreckels Organ

    We examine a New World species, whose natural habitat is not a cathedral or a hockey arena, but rather it makes its home in the out of doors. The Spreckels Organ in San Diego is the world's largest outdoor organ, and playing and maintaining it can be quite tricky. Come and visit this American landmark with us.

    • 53 min

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