Making Room For Antique Pump Organ

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    Yesterday I sold my Weightlifting Bench, and now I have room for that Reed Organ (pump organ) which I've been wanting for decades.

    I haven't given up on exercise however, because now I have a Recumbent Trike and a Treadmill, as well as a few dumbbells.

    That's all...
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    Good for you keeping up with all your exercise..

    Remember to show a picture of your new Reed organ when you get it..
     
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    @Hal Pollner That's good news, Hal! Hope you are Happy with your Pump Organ!;)
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    I am sure that you will love the old pump organ once you have it, @Hal Pollner ! My mother had one , years ago, and I remember trying to play it when I was a very young girl. I loved all of the different stops and sounds that it could make.
    Later I had a Thomas organ that was easy to play, and I really loved that, too. I miss having an organ to play, but we had to give mine away when we moved from Idaho.
    Bobby got me a new Q-Chord for my birthday, and those are much more portable and also fun to play.
     
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    I had a devil of a time even giving away my antique pump organ 9 years ago. It was even a deluxe model with more keys than usual. I called a guy out-of-state who had a pump organ "orphanage" as he called I and he said he had over a hundred in his barn that he couldn't get rid of either. It was a beautiful organ, oak with lots of carving.

    Some people even wanted me to deliver it to them (and I was giving it away for free, no less). Yeah, right, me with a small car and an arm in a sling.

    Finally, a lady took it off my hands.

    I know you'll enjoy playing it, and it's good exercise.
     
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    Thanks, everyone!

    I've had several organs since the 1960's, culminating with the big Conn 650 Theater Organ shown.

    This was a full-size instrument, with three 61-note manuals and a 32-note pedalboard. I even had it wired up to a rank of 61 scaled wood pipes attached to a wall! (They were all driven by speakers.)

    It provided a wide spread of sound and looked most impressive...(I should have taken a picture.)

    I even built a true wind-driven one-rank Pipe Organ once, using a rank of real Organ Pipes, with direct-action magnet valves, with the wind chest pressurized from the exhaust of a Vacuum Cleaner! I later donated it to a church that was looking for a rank of "Flute d' Amour" pipes to top off their stop list.

    I used to go to the big Theater Organ concerts at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium...they have a big 5-manual 28-rank organ there! (3000 pipes!)

    Hal
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    Traveling Moller Organ at the Pasadena Civic Auditorum
     
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    @Holly, my "new" reed organ will most likely be over 100 years old! They haven't been produced since the 1930's.

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    @Yvonne, my first organ was a Magnus Chord Organ too!
    6 major chords, 6 minor chords and a short 3-octave keyboard! But I had fun and graduated to a Lowrey, then a Hammond, then a Gulbransen, then that super Conn in the post.

    Hal
     
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    I want to thank Joe Riley for that post on the Moller Organ in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

    Many readers will assume that the fancy white console is the complete organ. FAR FROM IT!

    The 28 ranks and thousands of pipes are located behind the scenes in Pipe Chambers hidden behind Grillwork high up on the walls of the Auditorium! The pipes that produce the powerful, deep rumbling sounds are up to 32 feet long and require special chambers to accomodate their length.

    The wind that supplies these pipes is furnshed by powerful blowers way down in the basement of the Auditorium.

    I have been priveleged to be invited on an "Organ Crawl", where one scales the ladders and catwalks to tour the many Pipe Chambers in this huge instrument.
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    CANCELLING PUMP ORGAN PURCHASE!

    After considerable thought and mature reasoning, I've concluded that getting one of these 95 to150-year-old monsters would be a bad move!

    It would require constant maintenance, with the hundreds of reeds and a rats nest of rods, levers and mechanisms to keep from jamming, as well as leaks cropping up in the bellows and air reservoir.

    Besides, in a few years I'll begin disposing of my Estate, and the interest and call for a Pump Organ is now practically zero!

    So instead of buying a Century-old box of potential headaches, I'm gonna buy a Brand New compact, sensible CONCERTINA!

    Hal
     
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    LOL...I don't know about the concertina but whatever floats your boat..:). I think you made the right decision with regard to the Pump Organ
     
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    Too late to edit that post, but I'll follow up by cancelling the Concertina too, and going back to my lovely Grand Piano!

    Hal
     
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    @Hal Pollner
    Touched an exposed nerve with that one! Common topic between my wife and I (she's 10 years younger), regarding how will she dispose of all my stuff? The weight of my tools and machinery and other equipment is ~ 10 tons!
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