We recently purchased whats called a Victorian Parlour Organ and it is fricken gorgeous!
It looks like a set piece from the Haunted Mansion or something and it looks amazing in our parlour...
Well, its not in the parlour its in the room we've been calling a library but I suppose now we should
call it our music room?
Okay enough words check out its gorgeousosity.
Organ in Position
Awesome flame sides
Detail Close Ups
The Cute Little Organ Stool
Pedals And Bellows Cover
When you push down both pedals you can see the bellows and the pedal straps.
Now, Lets Take It Apart!
Gotta see how it works right?
Luckily these things were meant to break down into several pieces.
Which I discovered has a pretty good crack...
Stop Knob Mechanism
The above pic shows that one of the stop knobs has become disconnected..?
The red thing is the Vox Humana Paddle.
There are two knee levers on the front of the piano.
The right one works a reed organs version of a swell shutter.
I have no friggen idea what the left knee paddle does...
Its connected to a complicated mechanism that appears to do several things at once?
Yes I got it all back together!
The uh, action, sorta feels like it needs some lube but the felt and things looks newer than 100yrs.
All the stops appear to work and all the keys appear to work.
Though, I'm a little confused as to how exactly and what exactly some of them do...
The echo stop?
I can't exactly tell what the bass coupler is supposed to be doing either....
The Crazy Plan
I want to automate this reed organ to turn it into a haunted player organ!
My dream/goal is to have the thing play itself.
The pedals will pump, the stops will move in and out and the keys will move....
It looks like there is a lot of extra space from what I've seen so far.