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.

Estey Style T

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