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steam organ

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(Instruments) a type of organ powered by steam, once common at fairgrounds, in which the pipes are sounded either by a keyboard or in a sequence determined by a moving punched card. US name: calliope
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Noun1.steam organ - a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
steam whistle - a whistle in which the sound is produced by steam; usually attached to a steam boiler
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As well as steam engines and steam organs, there will be vintage cars, motorbikes and tractors and a host of fascinating and interesting sideshows and displays.
We've got a fairground, two steam organs, steamroller and some vintage cars.
To evoke this circus flavor, Lennon -- with help from George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick -- raided the studio looking for examples of music from steam organs.