Mudfog Reed Organ--Restorations

 Estey Organ Co., Brattleboro Vermont  Model "JJ" -- 1919 -- Opus 421438   ROS #2840

Estey Organ Co., Brattleboro Vermont

Model "JJ" -- 1919 -- Opus 421438

ROS #2840

 Estey & Green, Brattleboro, Vermont  "Perfect Melodeon" -- 1857 -- Opus 5894   ROS # 4723

Estey & Green, Brattleboro, Vermont

"Perfect Melodeon" -- 1857 -- Opus 5894

ROS # 4723

Estey Organ Company, Brattleboro, Vermont

1886 -- Opus 175788

ROS # 4512

 George Woods & Company, Boston, Massachusetts  1880 -- Opus 22441; Case 22667   ROS #4469

George Woods & Company, Boston, Massachusetts

1880 -- Opus 22441; Case 22667

ROS #4469

REPAIRS

If a reed organ is functioning reasonably well (it makes music to the satisfaction of its owner), simple repairs may be all that is necessary.  This Weaver/J.F. Hughes & Son needed some grill cloth, a new treadle strap, and the reeds cleaned so that all sounded.

 Beth Eden Chapel Weaver/J.F. Hughes & Son, 1895   Opus 17971; Case 16834  ROS # 4316

Beth Eden Chapel Weaver/J.F. Hughes & Son, 1895

Opus 17971; Case 16834

ROS # 4316

WHEN NOTHING CAN BE DONE...

Virtually any  reed organ in any  condition can be restored to playability if the owner is willing to spend enough time or money or both. 

Sometimes, a reed organ has been stored under adverse [usually = wet] conditions, and is so badly damaged that restoration to musical viability is impracticable.  When this is the case, the reeds can be pulled and saved, along with many other useful parts (high on this list are screws!)

...In every case, an attempt should be made to gather enough information to register the instrument with the Reed Organ Society Database (<reedsoc.org> .  It will "save" the instrument for future researchers.

 Loring &amp; Blake, Worcester, Massachusetts and Toledo, Ohio, 1885 -- Opus 41590  ROS # 4866

Loring & Blake, Worcester, Massachusetts and Toledo, Ohio, 1885 -- Opus 41590

ROS # 4866