|Some General Considerations
An organ cart's dimensions must be chosen for the individual organ and organ
grinder, and perhaps vehicle, combination.
It must, of course, be strong enough for the organ's weight, and wide enough
for stability. "Small crank organs" may vary in size from about 12x8x10 inches
(30x20x15 cm) to about 24x8x10 inches (60x40x30 cm) and from about 7 pounds
(3 kilograms) to possibly over 100 pounds (45 kilograms).
Additional top space may be desirable to accommodate a family of monkeys
or other animated displays and a cup or hat when busking.
It should have largish wheels to facilitate traversing cobblestones, kerbs
and grass between the parking area and the pitch (site) on which it will
It should have storage for rolls or books (as appropriate) as well as a rain
cover for the organ and raincoat for the grinder. At times it will be nice
to also have space for a sandwich and either water or a vacuum bottle of
tea or coffee. It may also be desirable to provide for the display of signs
and/or CDs for sale.
The cart height should put the crankshaft axis at elbow height.
The handles should be at a height which allow the operator to move it with
arms at full length.
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