|I am very thankful that the entire one side of my house is a covered garage.|
Plenty of room to spread out and work.
With my enthusiasm running high I have started disassembling the Estey Artist.
I need to constantly and mindfully remind myself to SLOW DOWN and OBSERVE as I am dismantling.
Rushing through a first-time dismantle is a mistake I have made too many times to repeat.
Based on the external condition of this organ I expected the worst when opening it up. It is early days yet, but what I am seeing is in better condition than I imagined it would be. The bellows are not holding air, but every reed works, nothing appears to be missing and there is zero evidence of mice, felt weevil (or whatever it is that eats felt), wood worm etc - that is a real bonus.
Anyway - here are some pictures thus far.
|The upper action - very dusty|
but in very good order really
|I confess - I'm not looking forward to pulling the couplers apart|
and cleaning these. I have to be in just the right mood.
Both couplers couple up an octave in this model - eminently
useful when playing 4' Flute or 4' Harp Aeoline down an octave.
|The action off.|
|That dodgy mustard cabbage leaf carpet is gonna go - yuk!|
|Lining up the panels - all have splits and cracks.|
The horizontal swell shades can be see on the panel
second to the right.
|I have posed the question on FB page "Reed Organ Tech"|
why the air entry hole to the bellows is so small.
Really interesting discussion happening there now.
|New feeder straps? |
At least they seem to have been done using the correct strap material.
|Has this organ been dropped off a truck?|
So many panels with splitting and cracks.
|The splits in this side panel is|
something I have never tackled before.
When the time comes I am going to
need some advice.
|The manual is in really good condition - none of the keys are split, warped|
or chipped - but they are very dirty.
I'm also thankful all the stop knobs are in one piece and the
labels are original.
Thus the long process begins!
Your advice, expertise, questions and comments are all encouraged.
Take care folks