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Organs21 of 84Estey Organ early 1900where old organ parts go to die, v.2
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Picked this up yesterday ! I haven't found a makers mark yet.
    I found the orange label inside on the back panel.
    I would love to know if anyone has seen one like this !!
    The outside will remain original but I'm turning it into a bar

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      OMG -- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't 'turn this into a bar' -- there are FAR too many other less interesting/potentially more worthy reed organs out in the world that'd be better served in that kinda re-purpose -- THIS one isn't likely one of those, though I also fully admit I can't tell you anything much more about it at the moment...
    2. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      The inside is trashed & would need a full restoration to be used mice have lived in it for what looks like at least 50 years
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      Hi nannah -- my main point (if not well stated) is that this particular organ somehow strikes me (once more, without any further research whatsoever) as one that might truly be "worth saving" even if in non-operational mouse-eaten condition. The general (and IMHO rather different/more elaborate than most other typical examples) decoration of its case, plus that label inside its back panel that seems to be trying to tell us all more of its history are the main reasons why this one sticks out (to me, anyway) as a potential 'gem in the rough' so to speak, unlike so many other likewise similar 'old pump organs' out there in the world that are too commonly available (curbside even, every once in awhile) with just as pretty wooden boxes holding the remains of their guts...
    4. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      Hi anything !! I promise I'll do research on it !! Before I do anything
      Isn't it just fabulous ??
      I did find a signed piece of wood inside where someone did a repair dated June 1913
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
      Please keep us updated with anything else you discover about it!
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
    6. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      I absolutely will !!!
    7. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      Hi again nannah -- if you haven't found these links already, they're the 1st two places I'd go to/contact to start your research of your organ. The kind folks at both these organizations are far more knowledgeable than I about reed/pump organs specifically, my own specialty is actually pipe organs instead.

      GOOD LUCK -- I still kinda think you've got a "unique" example one way or the other. Looking again at that label almost suggests it somehow might have been an instrument that was otherwise *not* anybody's 'factory model', instead maybe more one that (even if it started its life as somebody's 'stock model') otherwise got itself 'remodeled/rebuilt/added to/etc. during its life to become the (remains of the) instrument you've now shown us here.
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

    8. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      Anything Obscure
      Thanks so much !! I'll look into the links !
    9. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      Anything Obscure I found a pencil autograph on a piece of wood !
      Repaired by Will W Wharf .
      June 17 1913
      So I researched him he sold pianos & organs in Olney Illinois!
      I'll keep searching
    10. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

      COOL, Nannah! One more 'piece of the puzzle'! I still contend (rightly or wrongly) that this particular organ seems to still show evidence of a generally much more 'interesting' history than the majority of similar-ish instruments left out there in the world, despite its original form/maker or current condition. Whether that means anything more to me (or you, or anybody else) and what that exact history could be still strikes me as fun -- I'll still bet that label inside the back might be your best help to track down where it came from, along with any other marks you might find anywhere inside it. Look closely for "stamped" numbers on assorted wooden parts inside it BTW too -- in the 'organ world' any such can often refer to 'production numbers' of some form that can also sometimes help identify what something is/was/where it first came from.

      OH -- and PS...if you really need a nice pretty empty wooden (walnut) rolltop cabinet suitable for turning into a bar -- I can help 'ya with that too...shipping costs would likely be a b**ch, and sadly it is due to meet the sawzall soon anyway... :-( :-( :-(
    11. nannah nannah, 3 years ago
      Please please please don't take the rolltop to the sawmill !! Lol

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