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    Mega-Harmonium for sale in Sea/Tac Washington



    Hold on, this is the biggest harmonium I've ever seen, and I have seen 3MP M&amp;H's and a Dumont-Lelièvre choralion church harmonium, and this easily surpasses! </p>




    http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/msg/1782449714.html

    Get this, it's $100. Forty stops. I'm making a wild guess that it could have over 1000 reeds.</p>

    Move fast, the CL listings tend to disappear, which is why I saved the pic; I may never see anything like this again.
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    Re: Mega-Harmonium for sale in Sea/Tac Washington



    Hallo Casey,</P>


    Wow! That certainly is one heck of an instrument; if it was over here I'd snap it up right now. My wife tells me that the old piano we used to own, and which she brought with her when we married back in 1969, was of the same make. It came up from Devon to Surrey ( 2 English counties)on the back of a coal truck when it passed from her aunt into her side of the family. It had a warped soundboard, due to the fact that the aunt's lodgers used to pour beer inside it as they stood around it, singing! And the piano tuner said it was one of the very earliest with an iron frame, all of which has nothing whatever to do with harmoniums but I thought you might be interested anyway! The piano still lives on; after we bought our modern Clavinova a friend of ours, a restorer, took it from us and did a good job on it, bringing back to as-new. I guess he then sold it on, so it's still out there somewhere.</P>


    I just wonder what that organ weighs? Any rot in your floor and it'd end up in the cellar!</P>


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    Re: Mega-Harmonium for sale in Sea/Tac Washington

    I asked for a stop list. If it has mutations and a principal chorus etc I'm going to drive up and look at it. I have no room for it but would hat to pass up a significant instrument.
    Jesse Hargus
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    Re: Mega-Harmonium for sale in Sea/Tac Washington



    Free reed instruments seldom need mixtures; a few pedal organs had quint stops for synthetic 32', and there's the occasional 2 2/3', because they are so "rich in overtones" to begin with, most builders were attempting to make the sound less strident/assertive, not more.</p>

    You will probably find lots of 16' and 8' registers, a few 4' and hopefully a 2' principal on each manual. Then the 2', 8' and 16' celeste stops. a loud 16' reed , and a 32' reed.</p>

    16, 8, 4 principal chorus is assured, on each manual, but with differing scales.</p>

    There may be several different prolonguement mechanisms. There may be imaginitive shemes for pneumatically enhancing the highest not or lowest note of the line. Hopefully there is percussion on the lower manual 8' flute/english horn.</p>

    I found out that Schied. built a 2m Harmonium/Celesta , but the one I saw had just a single row of 20 or so stops, with the upper manual playing the tuned metal bars. Certainly a great instrument, but I think that this is much, much more. </p>

    The Dumont-Lelievre concern built some grand church harmoniums with double-tongue reed ranks for some kind of ethereal effects, perhaps here as well.</p>

    Casey
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    Yes.....PLEASE go for it! This instrument has to be saved, so get it first and decide what to do with it later! There's always someone out there who will take an instrument.</P>


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    Re: Mega-Harmonium for sale in Sea/Tac Washington

    He contacted me back last night and said a collector from LA already had it picked up. Would have been a fun project.
    Jesse Hargus
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    Angry The "Collector" was a dealer and just wanted to make money on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by saudade View Post
    He contacted me back last night and said a collector from LA already had it picked up. Would have been a fun project.
    The "Collector" was a dealer and just wanted to make money on it. He bought it for $100.00 and it is for sale in CA for $5,900.00. He has done nothing to it. It is completely unrestored.
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    When I see something like this I just want to cry..... I love a bargain when its on offer but plain greed gets be below where it hurts.

    Thanks Casey anyway for sharing this information. Who knows, maybe someday someone with enough caring sense will get hold of it and save it for the next generations.

    Talking of which - maybe somewhere or sometime we should start educating the young'uns about these antique treasures so that they can take over from us with the same sentiments and care otherwise much will be lost forever .

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    When we finally saw the stoplist for this monster, it seemed disappointing. A plethora of 8ft stops, but only one 4ft and one 16ft on the thing. The 6 octave keyboards ameliorate that a little. Frans has a page about it on his website which is harmoniumnet.nl IIRC Frans does not have a search bar for his page, but maybe if your write to him.
    Casey
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    http://masonhamlinorgans.com/

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