Antique Crank Organ For Sale
This antique 25-key Barrel Organ was found in our attic.
We are told by Melvyn Wright (http://www.buskerorgan.com/)
that "it was almost certainly made in Germany. The paper label was
probably added by the American dealer." The organ, which still
works, has probably been in our attic since
the house was built in 1953.
The crank pumps a bellows to supply air to the
pipes, and also turns a wooden barrel by means of gears. Driven into
the barrel are brass pins and staples with which the pieces of music
are encoded. Suspended over the barrel is a bar carrying wooden keys
connected to valves by vertical wooden rods. As the barrel turns,
the pins and staples lift the keys, in turn opening the valves to
let air into the pipes, which are located at the rear of the
instrument. Tunes are selected by first lifting the bar carrying the
keys, then shifting the barrel along its length. This brings a
different set of pins and staples in line with the keys.
There is a piece of paper pasted
inside the top lid which has a list of the seven musical pieces. The
paper also says, "Siedle & Bartberger, Pittsburgh, PA." No information has been found about
If interested, please contact William Bader,