Insects...in my Reed Organ!
It's always a smart idea to clean, the best you can, any
unrestored reed organ before bringing it into your home. Why? Mice and moth infestation.
You have to remember that these antique musical instruments can provide a variety of insects with a variety of
indoor living opportunities.
Although mites and moths are the most common insects, you can find mice, rats, spiders and yes, even snakes.
Granted, finding snakes in a reed organ is a little uncommon, but I have found snake skins before and I can
tell you it’s not a good feeling. Many of these vintage reed organs have been stored in all kinds of places
for a very long time.
All you need is a few drops of liquid soap in a bucket of water and a wash cloth, or sponge. You can also open
up the back panel of your organ and vacuum it out, too.
Keep in mind that the original felts that were used through out these old reed organs were not treated
against moths and mites. This is why all felts need to be inspected for moth eggs and moth damage.
This is also the primary reason why almost all felts are replaced as part of an organ's restoration process.