The Reed Organ you now have is most likely either a family heirloom or one you found, fell in love with, and just had to have. In either case, you have a collectable item that is probably worth much more than the cost of restoring it. Most reed organs are approaching 100 years of age and are becoming good, tangible investment opportunities.
We can help you with your reed organ restoration and purchases by providing the following service options:
- A large inventory of new, reconditioned and supplemental parts;
- A wide variety of “How to” books and video tapes that help you plan and carry out this memorable experience;
- A telephone customer assistance service that helps you decide to what level you wish to restore your reed organ and the best way to accomplish this goal;
- A rebuilding assistance package that provides the extra expertise and support for you if you want to repair your own reed organ;
- A mail order restoration service, where we rebuild the parts that you do not wish to repair yourself;
- A premier restoration service, where we completely restore your reed organ;
- And we have an ever changing selection of restored reed organs for the individual seeking to find their own heirloom or special conversation piece.
Helpful Hint: All unrestored reed organs should be cleaned before being placed in your home. The outside needs to be washed with mild soap and water. The inside, windchest and bellows need to be cleaned and inspected for mice or moth infestation. These instruments provide small places for mice to hide and build nests. The original felts were not treated against moths. All felts need to be inspected for moth eggs and damage. Parts showing wear or damage should be replaced.
Customer Telephone Assistance
We are open Monday through Friday 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Saturday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. EST. We will be glad to answer questions about planning your reed organ repair or restoration. Our 20 years of experience can help you evaluate your reed organ’s condition, and determine the areas of the restoration project that you may want to do yourself. Then we can provide you with an estimate of the time and costs involved with each phase of the restoration.
Helpful Hint: If this is your first experience with rebuilding a reed organ, we suggest that you photograph or video tape the disassembly of the instrument. This will aid you in the reassembly of your instrument and provide you with added memories of the project.
Pedal Down: Remove the wooden panel in front of your knees. Look for a broken pedal strap or a missing exhaust bellow spring.
Note does not sound: Pull open all of the stops. Remove the back panel and the keyslip (wooden panel just below the keys). Locate the reed directly below the note. With a reed hook, remove both the front and back reeds. Look for any small foreign objects that might keep the reed from sounding. Clean and replace the reeds, careful, do not damage the reed tongue.
Note sounds all the time: If all the keys are up, and level with the rest of the keyboard, then pump the pedals and play the note several times. Next tilt the reed organ onto it’s side and play the note several times. This will help dislodge any debris that is keeping the pallet valve from reseating. If this does not silence the note, you will need to remove the windchest and check for a damage pallet valve.
Key remains down and note sounds: Key may be swollen with moisture and is binding on the guide pin. Dust or dirt is interfering with the movement of the pitman rod or a pallet valve spring could be broken.
Pedals work but no sound: Make sure you have some of the stops pulled out when you are pedaling and playing the notes. Next tilt the reed organ onto it’s side. Check the bellows material for any cracks or holes. Small holes can be patched over with new bellows material. If there are several holes or if the bellows material is brittle, you need to recover the entire bellows.