Behold, The Oomphalapompatronium!


For over 25 years, [Len Solomon] has been performing a one-man variety show that features crazy-looking, hand-made musical instruments that operate on air. Some of his more famous instruments include a callioforte he constructed, as well as his Majestic Bellowphone, both powered by some form of bellows, of course.

His most recent musical creation is something [Len] likes to call the “Oomphalopompatronium” (try saying that five times fast). The bellows-driven Willy Wonka-esque organ looks to be built from just about anything and everything he could get his hands on. We spied a few plastic and glass bottles, plenty of PVC pipe, and a few tin cans before we stopped looking and just listened.

At first glance you might think that the Oomphalopompatronium will produce some cacophonous excuse for music, but once [Len] stepped up to the keyboard we were pleasantly surprised. The sound is that of a small scale Oompah band, much like the name implies.

We think it’s a fantastic creation – we’re just bummed that it we can’t check it out in person.

Stick around to see a video of the Oomphalopompatronium in action.

[Thanks, BoKu]


15 thoughts on “Behold, The Oomphalapompatronium!

  1. Am I the only one who thinks he just called it “Willy wonka-esque” because he saw the title and thought “oompa loompa”? I know I saw that at first.

  2. @Mason,

    Yes, that did enter my mind when I saw the name of the device, but I also currently happen to be reading the Great Glass Elevator to my kids, so I have Wonka on the brain.

    You have to admit, it does seem odd, yet fun enough to be right at home in the chocolate factory.

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