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89-key Gavioli Fair Organ in British Columbia
By Ingmar Krause

Since submitting my report on this organ to the 130114 MMD, I've
received a variety of helpful hints, and some of these hints already
bear some fruit!

Well, the scale isn't matching anything Gavioli.  But I was able to
find a serial number!  The organ has the number "828 B" indented at
various key locations (particularly the wind mechanism).  Also, I found
not one, but two, book cover-stencils that led me to "Eugene Peersman,
Antwerp"!  Between the books, the pipe-ranks that are in the organ, and
the art-deco(?) façade, I've now been pushed into the general direction
of "Mortier".

With this new information, can someone dig out more information to
answer questions?  My main questions are:

    1. Has this been a Gavioli at any given time?
    2. When did Mortier (re-?)built this?
    3. Are there any archive pictures of its previous incarnation(s)?
    4. Are there any Mortier 92(91) key scales available for comparison
       with the scale of this organ?

As it is, I'm on pins and needles to find out!

As far as restoration to date, this is what I have done.  I've serviced
the percussion relay and have run new lines.  The old lines were
partially paper/cardboard tubing (or some sort of rubber) with lead
connectors.  The owner is interested in keeping things original to a
certain degree, but for economic, reliability, and serviceability
reasons, I've now updated to modern tubing with brass connectors.  The
percussion is now working, somewhat.  I still have some mixed-up lines
and am finding more problems further down the line.

We've got a long way to go yet.  My impression is that the motor runs a
little too fast, making the book-advance too fast as well, and not
giving the organ much of a reaction time.  However, its running too
fast is currently providing plenty of wind, compensating for a hell of
a lot of leaks.

Ingmar Krause
Surrey, BC, Canada 

(Message sent Mon 21 Jan 2013, 07:46:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  89-key, British, Columbia, Fair, Gavioli, Organ

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