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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  MaggotyAnne on Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:18 pm

You might not be able to fix that.
When only one key on an accordion doesn't work, it means the hole stopper that moves when you press the key is screwed:


I'm assuming organs follow the same mechanics as accordions here, but I'd say you should check out some sites on accordion repair. They follow the same idea and should prove useful.
http://1accordion.net/
http://accordiondoc.home.mindspring.com/tuning.html
http://accordiondoc.home.mindspring.com/
I actually believe all those sites are by the same person.

It's not an important key like middle C, is it? The only keys that are off on mine are the highest and lowest notes. Neutral

And in case you're wondering, I have a beloved ww2 era Hohner.
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Mad Maxine on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:46 am

I wanna buy myself an organ too! But don't let miimno know...

Seriously though, fantastic score, the both of you.

On a not exactly related note...I just got a musical saw, and I am still figuring out how to play it.
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Post  miimno on Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:46 am

Mad Maxine wrote:I wanna buy myself an organ too! But don't let miimno know...
I may be faint.
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Post  Orlando on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:02 pm

Old joke: "The vicar chased the choir master around the church but eventually caught him by the organ". Sorry.

In Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas there is a character called Organ Morgan whose wife complains that she can't get any sleep because her husband wants to play the organ, day and night.

I've had a go on an organ just like yours, Rowan, at a friends house. I only managed a few notes before the pedal webbing tore and the pedal went down with a thump. It was functional for long enough that I know operating the pedals is a bit of a chore. I see from that website mentioned by MaggotyAnne it is possible to fit an electric pump and yet also retain pedal operation.

"A reed organ is old and not very clear in tone. But, it has the sound of the days of Little House on the Prairie. The old clap board white churches of America of 150 years ago have reed organs."

I can just imagine people singing "'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free"

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Post  Horse Brass on Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:25 pm

Orlando wrote:
I've had a go on an organ just like yours, Rowan, at a friends house. I only managed a few notes before the pedal webbing tore and the pedal went down with a thump. It was functional for long enough that I know operating the pedals is a bit of a chore.

Oh yes. An aunt and uncle of mine used to have an organ of similar size, though I can't remember any details of it now. I think the only reason they used to allow a 10 year old with no musical sense whatsoever to play it so enthusiasticly was that they knew I'd soon be worn out from the pedals and would sit quietly for some time afterwards.
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Mad Maxine on Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:32 pm

When do we get to see the Full Monty? You could put a hat on top of the organ. LOL.

Seriously though, I always wanted a player piano.
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Post  Mrs. Sullivan on Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:43 pm

I wonder if there are any automated organs (like player pianos)? Hmmm...probably too complicated.

There's an antique player piano at Stark St. Pizza that you put a coin in, and it plays.

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Post  JingleJoe on Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:12 pm

Mrs. Sullivan wrote:I wonder if there are any automated organs (like player pianos)? Hmmm...probably too complicated.
This is something along those lines Smile
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  insanity on Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:14 pm

I spied an organ out by the trash once and it gave me grand dreams to modify it to be the world's most obnoxious and unwieldy computer keyboard. Alas, my dreams ended with my inability to move an organ single-handedly. Apparently some people get embarrassed digging through other people's trash? Rolling Eyes
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:46 pm

An organ was wasted for lack of a willing helper? That is a tragedy.

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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:43 am

Hum, young Rowan is indeed turning into a clone of me.

I scored two (yes, two!!) reed organs in May, though they need a little more work than Rowan's fine organ. (Never let your organ become run down through lack of use.)

I have the two books on the topic of organ problems and restoration winging their ways to me as I type.

One organ will be fully restored to proper use, possibly cannibalising parts from the other. The second organ will become a pyracoustic organ - meaning that the sounds are produced by jets of flame up the pipes. [The challenge is to get some double entendres out of THAT remark!] <Gales of maniacal laughter!!!!!>

BTW, there is a very good reed organ restorer in Melbourne - I'll dig up his contact details for you. I can't let my credentials as the person-who-knows-a-person-who-knows go to waste!

Here is a pic link of one of them in my garage (the other taking up room in my long suffering mother's garage! Very Happy )

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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Dusza Beben on Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:59 am

I do believe that there is a pill available for many organ maladies and malfunctions. I recieve E-mail adverts about them all the time!

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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:12 am

Ah yes. I believe I have manufactured such things myself...
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:51 am

Gazongola wrote:Ah yes. I believe I have manufactured such things myself...

The maladies and malfunctions, or the cure ?
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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:01 am

Definately the cure, but maladies and malfunctions... well I call it marketing...
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Re: I bought an Organ!!

Post  Dr Mors on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:01 am

What a crazy coincedence every one is getting organs. I also just got a reed organ. My was free from craigslist but it needs alot of work. It also has a broken belt and may have more problems than that. I did come with a book on restoring reed organs that should be helpful

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Post  The V.A.P. on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:11 am

Not so much of a coiencidence. It would make sense that Steampunks have big organs, unlike other people.
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Post  Angus McCarthy on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:13 am

I happen to be the proud owner of two such reed organs, both family heirlooms. Though I must say, for $50 you have quite the find, there. Mason & Hamiln is a well-respected name in the keyboard world, and yours seems to be in excellent condition.

Rowan of Rin wrote:My question to you good folks is, what is this, and where can I get some more:
In the short-term, I find old leather belts make a fair replacement.

Mrs. Sullivan wrote:I wonder if there are any automated organs (like player pianos)?
The Aeolian Orchestrelle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdBAmGlqa3M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ13_cSl__Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Tiw9La5wg

The Aeolian Duo-Art pipe organ:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPPhNXpwASw
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Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:30 am

Fortunately the harpsichord was easy to get up to scratch - it had spent six years in storage, but really only needed the jack trued up, a few plectra replaced and a series of tunings.

On that false sense of "I can do it" I picked up my two organs in May. I'll start on them in a couple of months when I clear some space in the garage.

Add in my partner's grand piano and it starts to become a bit over the top....
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Post  Rowan of Rin on Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:48 am

Hurrah for ridiculous amounts of projects! I just came back from the upholsterers, where they gave me some upholstery webbing for free! I will use it as a belt replacement, now to clean out all the dust, I am going to disassemble it, top down. Wish me luck!

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Post  JingleJoe on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:43 pm

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:wasted for lack of a willing helper? That is a tragedy.
Story of my life.

Good to hear the work is coming along rowan Smile

I would get an organ too but I have no room :C
Wait! I have a plan! Mwahahahaha!
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Post  Mrs. Sullivan on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:47 pm

Angus McCarthy wrote:I happen to be the proud owner of two such reed organs, both family heirlooms. Though I must say, for $50 you have quite the find, there. Mason & Hamiln is a well-respected name in the keyboard world, and yours seems to be in excellent condition.

Rowan of Rin wrote:My question to you good folks is, what is this, and where can I get some more:
In the short-term, I find old leather belts make a fair replacement.

Mrs. Sullivan wrote:I wonder if there are any automated organs (like player pianos)?
The Aeolian Orchestrelle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdBAmGlqa3M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ13_cSl__Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Tiw9La5wg

The Aeolian Duo-Art pipe organ:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPPhNXpwASw

Thank you for posting those links. Fabulous sound! alien

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Post  Alain Raethorne on Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:11 am

My god! There is an organ that bears a striking resemblance to this one just sitting around at my grandmother's old house. Hmm....I may have to steal it.....

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Post  maduncle on Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:32 pm

Ahah!

So Sir Rowan - this is where you have been hiding whilst the goggles of brass suffers conniptions!

I see you have been busy cramming large organs in to small spaces (sorry - I just had to contribute my smutty two bobs worth). What a wonderful piece of furniture - I would be sorely tempted to go to town on it with copper pipe, brass gauges and jars of stange bubbling fluids clamped to the sides...

...but I can see some value in restoring it and not modding it.

Please let me know if you are planning to raid the markets of good camberwell and I shall try to get there before you for the good bits.

cheers,

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Post  pennydreadful on Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:48 am

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:
JingleJoe wrote:Take some photos Rowan Very Happy

Yes! *snigger* Show us your organ, Rowan!

What's the ornamentation like?

Possibly Prince Albert? (snicker) sorry I couldn't help myself.

But yes please, pictures of the one you bought. It sounds like a great find.
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