Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Newbie with 2 Reed Organs

  1. #1
    ppp Pianississmo Kirk Risinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017

    Newbie with 2 Reed Organs

    Good afternoon!
    Some time ago my father bought 2 reed organs at an auction and brought them home and put them in the barn. He has decided to clean up and was going to carry the organs back to be auctioned off. For whatever reason, I started reading on the internet about reed organs was fascinated by how they work. Anyway, now they are at my shop and I have looked at the older one and found tears in the bellows cloth and a broken pedal strap. I have watched videos and read all I can find about bellows repair and am about to order supplies. I happened across this forum and thought it would be a good idea to join as I am sure that I will get hung up at some point and need help from an expert. The first organ has no Mfg name on it anywhere I can find and has a tag inside that says Style No. 30, Action No. 108099. I assume that 108099 is the serial number as it is stenciled on the back of the organ. I have not looked at the second organ yet. Anyway, I would like to save the first organ as it has character. I will post pictures when allowed and am anxious to see how this turns out. I have restored cars, jeeps, and tractors but this is a new venture for me!

  2. #2
    ppp Pianississmo Kirk Risinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017

    Tonight I found the Mfg name. Jansen & Joosten. Flanagan, Ill. Anyone ever hear of them? Serial # 108099

  3. #3
    ff Fortissimo Organfella's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Cape town South Africa

    Hi Kirk and welcome to the Forum!

    Glad that you have taken a liking to this fascinating hobby of reviving the old ones. You will not be sorry, especially if you have restored other things already. The reed organ is a distinct breed of musical instrument and given the ingenuity of design and the way the old folk made do with wood, brass and pieces of wire one wonders that they make music at all! But when the bug has bit, it has bit and a good thing it is too!

    Enjoy fiddling and fondling these beautiful instruments and please do post some pictures when you can.

    "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request...

  4. #4
    ppp Pianississmo Kirk Risinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017

    My 2 Organs

    Here are pictures of the organs I rescued. The first one is a Jansen & Joosten, Flanagan, Ill and the second is a Jones & Co, Bristol. The Jones & Co seems newer and it still makes sound. The Bellows are still whole but a key is stuck open somewhere. I will get to it.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    Moderator myorgan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    New England


    Nicer looking instruments. Welcome to the Forum.

    Have you tried looking at the Reed Organ Society's Database: You may find out more information there. I haven't had time to restore my reed organs, but hope to in retirement. I hope the link gets you started.

    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 4 Pianos

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-24-2014, 02:00 AM
  2. Reed Organs in the UK.......................
    By Mark Carter in forum Pump & Reed Organs
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-14-2011, 11:01 PM
  3. hi all :) total newbie to organs
    By jaydr128 in forum Home Organs
    Replies: 67
    Last Post: 09-21-2010, 10:00 AM
  4. New Reed Organs
    By Orgrinder010 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-10-2006, 06:28 PM
  5. reed organs
    By nadav in forum Discussion Forum Suggestions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-23-2006, 02:46 AM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts