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Here's a listing of most of the books that are still in print that you may want to consider if your interested in trying to restore your organ yourself, or if your just interested in learning more about the wonderful world of pump organs.

  • Gellerman's International Reed Organ Atlas
    Robert F. Gellerman
    The second edition of this classic reference is now available!!! Liberally illustrated and indexed, this is (and will be) the book to have for finding information about your reed organ.
  • The American Reed Organ and the Harmonium
    Robert B. Whiting
    The newly-released second edition of Dr. Whiting's book is a valuable resource for all things related to Estey reed organs. It contains a brief history of the company, copies of Estey catalogs from 1867, 1871, 1876, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1895, and 1903; the 1878 Organ Method that describes the stops, their use and care; studio pictures, and several musical scores. An additional resource is the serial numbers list, which can help in determining the age of your Estey reed organ.
  • Gellerman's International Reed Organ Atlas
    Robert F. Gellerman
    This is the new second edition of an excellent book on reed organs. It covers such items as history, marketing, the stops and voices, music, restoration, tuning, and collecting. It even contains plans for building your own organ bench! Containing hundreds of illustrations and drawings, this is the reference to have for those who want to know more about reed organs.
  • Restoring & Collecting Antique Reed Organs
    Horton Presley
    The book is a step-by-step guide covering all aspects of restoration efforts, including entire chapters on subjects such as tools, bellows restoration, tuning, disassembly procedures, case restoration, keyboard restoration, etc. Annotated photos help to make the procedures listed in the book useful for the inexperienced restorer. The appendix gives several supply sources.
  • Harmonium: The History of the Reed Organ & Its Makers
    Arthur Ord-Hume
    This is a fascinating book that covers the history and development of the reed organ, from its humble beginnings in the free reed instruments of antiquity to the glorious times of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The book also examines the music for and social history of the reed organ, looks at both European and American developments, and includes an index of reed organ makers.
  • Reed Organ: Its Design and Construction
    H. F. Milne
    This reprint by the Organ Literature Foundation of a 1932 treatise is quite interesting. The book covers the aspects of the design and construction of reed organs. Included are chapters on the pedal reed organ, the use of couplers, tuning, and information on reed organ faults (such as cyphering) and their remedies.
  • Repairing the Reed Organ & Harmonium
    S. G. Earl
    This reprint by the Organ Literature Foundation is a pamplet that covers the basics of reed organ repair.
  • Care & Adjustment of Estey (Reed) Organs
    This reprint by the Organ Literature Foundation is of a short brochure originally produced by the Estey Organ Corporation concerning the proper treatment for their organs.
  • Christmas Music: Chapel Voluntaries for the Organ, Harmonium or Piano
    A compilation of Christmas music suitable for play on the reed organ.

 

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