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    New Project: Mason & Hamlin style 901

    I have coveted this model for a long time, for the elaborate casework, and of course the unmatched innards; previously had a less ornate style 902.
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    Eastlake style is a long time favorite of mine, and this model is of superb quality of workmanship, materials, and variety of sounds.
    Can't wait for the warmer weather so I can delve into it.
    Casey
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    Hello Sub base,

    That is a good looking organ. How many banks of reeds? Is the bellows extra large? You are very lucky to find it.

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    The reservoir is 11". It uses 4 springs on the res. Higher "pressure" (sic). 3.5 rows (+Sub) lower manual, 3 rows upper manual, Plus the usual soft stops; forte stops over each of the 4 foundation ranks, a Vox Humana (fan) and a valve tremulant (upper man). The upper 16ft and 4ft are unenclosed (very powerful). The 16/8/4 on the lower manual are Liszt-scale reeds.
    Lower man divides a middle b/c, upper at e/f above middle c. With a little creativity there is nothing you can't play on it.
    Close-up of the stopboard from the style 902 I used to own; same spec as the 901.
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    Wow, love that style: We are FEDERATED, and we are here to HELP you.
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    Wow! Casey. Thanks for sharing. That one is going to keep you busy for a while - please share some more pics and of course, some sounds when you are done. A very good start to the new year for you!

    Nico
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    I did a bit of disassembly. In my new "shop" unheated, 19 degrees f.
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    It's not showing 134 years of dirt, so it has been maintained; the reservoir was recovered, but the cloth is again crunchy. Yet it has not been repeatedly taken apart, because all the screw heads are pristine.
    Job 1 is to get the shop wood stove re-assembled; I got a 1st generation Vermont Castings "Defiant" to heat the shop. It was 3* last night, so we need lots of heat.
    Casey

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    Good luck with the heating bit - we measured 30 degrees C this morning at 07.15 inside the house! It is promising to be a scorcher!

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

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    image.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpgI have been doing repairs and recreations of damaged and missing case parts in my spare time the last couple of months.
    I finally have a chunk of free time to really attack the disassembly and start cleaning. I took the actions out of the case and then did some case repairs (re-gluing the broken glue joints) as I went.
    It's funny how moths completely consumed some felts, yet left others one inch away untouched (same kind of felt, too).

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    Casey,

    Your posts are always informative, and your work top-notch. Thanks for sharing some of your secrets with us.

    Not to make you jealous, but the foundation of our new, heated garage is being poured as I type. I'm looking forward to having a climate-controlled work and practice space. Now I can get to some of the repairs needed on my pump organs. 24'x32', and my wife already has plans to fill it.

    Michael
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    • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 4 Pianos

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    Thanks Casey for sharing your work of love. It certainly looks as though you have still a lot to do. The weather is probably a little warmer and more kind to warm blooded animals by now also.

    I am a lot more impatient when it comes to restoring and repairing. Once started, I tend to want to finish what I started, But it is more dedicated guys like you who really keep those old'uns original. I hope you will soon have those bellows ready and let the old gal breathe good sounds once more...

    Nico
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