Historic organ draws music lovers to Philadelphia store - USATODAY.com
Need to check that one out.
I also recently got to see the innards of the huge pipe organ (20th largest or so, with >10k pipes) at Longwood Gardens near Philly. The DuPont family built it to entertain guests and family in 1929. There's just something special about a fully organic and pneumatic machine creating such multi-voiced music. Even better is seeing the pedal tone pipes - large wooden boxes up to 64' in length that just make your chest move. 72 horsepower is on tap to make this thing purr.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq2XS09wm3E&feature=related]YouTube - Pipe Organ and Fountains at Longwood Gardens[/VIDEO]
I was raised Catholic, and my church growing up still had a pipe organ. I always thought it looked kinda cool, with the 60 pipes in a pretty pattern behind the alter. Then, around age 15, I was helping my dad and his friend while they did drywall work. The whole church was being remodeled, so the panel behind the alter was gone, and you could see the REAL pipes. They ranged in size from something the size of a piccolo, to this twenty foot tall monster that stretched towards the cathedral-like ceiling. We got to go up and walk around among the pipes, stepping over the mass of air lines running from the compressor.
Then, we got to watch them dismantle it and haul it away. The church "upgraded" to a modern electronic organ.