The Estey Philharmonic Organ
This Philharmonic Organ, built by Estey, is not your typical, garden variety, antique, parlor reed organ. Casey
Pratt, the author of this article, provides us with an excellent overview of this particular model of
reed organ. It might be a stretch, but one could say what the grand piano is to the piano world, the philharmonic
reed organ was to the reed organ world.
The philharmonic style of organ has the ability to deliver a volume of sound that the parlor organ is just not
capable of generating. By its very name, the parlor organ was designed and built for what we call today a living
room. However, back 100 plus years ago, it was called a parlor.
There was a reason Estey named this organ a philharmonic organ, because it gives an indication of the area size
the organ was designed to be use in, such as large halls, churches, or theaters.
The entire article, written by Casey Pratt, can be viewed online: The Estey Philharmonic Organ