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    ppp Pianississmo 74corvette's Avatar
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    Pump/Reed Organ.....Where do I start

    I am looking for a Pump/Reed organ for a total restoration including cabinet refinish. I find an abundance on Craigslist between New Your City and The Canadian Border. When complete this organ will be in my den. I do not want one of the models that is high in fancy wood build, more like the size or a spinet piano, though I want ornate wood work. Also pre 1900 in age. So that's what I would in-vision for my restoration project. There are so many different manufactures who is good, who is bad, who is easy to work on, who is not.

    For 30 years, I did total restorations on Christ Craft Mahogany Speedboats. I am totally at home working with wood and finish.

    Please give me some thoughts/opinions on what to look for.

    Examples of what I have found so far.
    https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/...522186310.html
    https://nwct.craigslist.org/msg/d/ma...491973797.html
    https://vermont.craigslist.org/atq/d...542518759.html

    I sort of like this Sterling
    https://vermont.craigslist.org/msg/d...544613588.html

    Thanks
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    My first choice would be the Mason & Hamlin in NW Connecticut. I like that shape/style the best. With only 11 stops it will not have the most versatility, but then that makes it easier to work on in my opinion. I also like the finish on that one, looks like there will be some needed repair on the left side under the keyboard though. I am not personally familiar with Sterling or Miller. All are likely to have very similar features to each other. I think Mason and Hamlin are one of the better builders. I think Estey is good and plentiful which means parts tend to be available. I have heard only bad things about anything made in Washington, NJ. So that's my two cents.
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    Hello corvette,

    Stick with Estey or Mason/Hamlin. Both are very good organs. I would also recommend a chapel organ. These usually have more reeds and features. They will also give you a better challenge than most cottage and parlor organs. If you decide that one already restored is a possibility, check out the classifieds. I am currently advertising a German Hofberg completely restored.

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    Thanks for the Post Reed Puller;
    I talked with the owner of the M&H in NE, CT. We agreed on a price and I bought it. Will pickup in a week or so. https://nwct.craigslist.org/msg/d/ma...491973797.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reed puller View Post
    Hello corvette,

    Stick with Estey or Mason/Hamlin. Both are very good organs. I would also recommend a chapel organ. These usually have more reeds and features. They will also give you a better challenge than most cottage and parlor organs. If you decide that one already restored is a possibility, check out the classifieds. I am currently advertising a German Hofberg completely restored.
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