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Some years ago (many years ago) I found someone selling an Estey Style T reed organ. The Style T was the largest Estey made commercially. It has two 61 note manuals and a 30 note pedal board. It has ten ranks of reeds; four each on the great and swell and two in the pedal. The footage breakdown is 16, 16, 16, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 4. At the insistence of a friend, (some friend, eh?) I bought it. It was a good deal. I paid more to have it transported to my home than I paid for the organ. This organ is large enough that it cannot be pumped by the feet. There is a crank on the side that works a crankshaft. The shaft drives four large bellows. All four of the bellows in this organ were non functional, and the crank was missing. Since I bought it, I've lived in four different addresses. Over the years, I've done my best to get it to play. When I found it, it was packed full of mouse nests. It took a long time. Not wanting to repair the bellows, I found a blower that provides both the proper suction and CFM.
Well, this weekend, I connected the blower and for the first time in what must surely be at least two decades, The organ can play! I must say, that ten actual ranks of reeds makes for a very full sound. And that's why I'm posting this – so you can be the first humans to hear this organ play in ages. It is a very dynamic organ. The manuals are expressive, controlled by one swell pedal. I was having fun here in this clip – I wanted to show the various ranks, and also demonstrate the dynamics. Sorry it's a bit long, but like I said – I was having fun! Hope you enjoy it. Oh, one last thing. Pardon my playing. I really have no idea what I'm doing on the keyboards, but maybe you'll enjoy parts of it.
There aren't too many pictures of this model on the web, so here's one I took in 2004.
demo-01, stereo, mp3, 192kbps, length 9:11