Last Updated: 10/7/2008


"The American Reed Organ," by Robert F. Gellerman. Published in 1973 by The Vestal Press, Vestal, NY. Soft cover, 173 pages with 146 illustrationas and 10 tables. The book measures 11 inches (27.8 cm) high by 8 inches (21.4 cm) wide.

Text from the Introduction is as follows:

"This book is intended as a broad treatment of reed organs history, characteristics, styles, collecting and retoring, tuning suitable to introduce the newcomer to the hobby as well asd serving as a reference work. The emphasis is mostly on the American reed organ, although the historical discussion traces its Oriental and European ancestry."

Text from The Vestal Press Sales Catalog is as follows:

"This is the most complete book available on the subject of "reed" or "parlour" organs. This book will help you learn more about reed organs, because it serves three main purposes: 1) It has a general, illustrated history of the instruments and their builders in America, 2) It has a goodly number of pictures taken from early catalogs of a variety of builders, which assist in dating the general period of manufacture by the case styles, and 3) a large section on restoring instructs you in all the basics in order to put one of these gems back in good playing condition.

The catalog pictures come from such builders as Crown, Beatty, Carhart, Chicago, Cornish, Estey, Mason & Hamlin, Packard, Smith, Sterling, Wilcox & White, and others.

The photographs on how to rebuild a reed organ are large and clear. They apply to no specific organ make, but since all of these instruments are pretty much the same on the inside, it is a fairly simple matter to adapt the lessons taught to the particular organ which interests you as long as you are reasonably handy with tools."

      List Of Illustrations
      List Of Tables

  1. History of the Reed Organ
  2. Music for the Reed Organ
  3. Collecting and Collections
  4. Stops and Voices
  5. Restoration
  6. Wind Supply
  7. Tuning


  1. Stop Dictionary for the Reed Organ
  2. Reed Organ Directory
  3. Materials for Restoration


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