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Josef Raffin German Built Reed Organ
By Ingmar Krause

> From: Dan Wilke
> To:
> Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 16:48:00 +0000
> Subject: WTB: Josef Raffin German Built Reed Organ
> Dear Jody-
> Would you please be so kind as to post the following want ad for me on
> the MMD?  As Raffin is no longer building reed organs, I'm hopeful that

ZONK... Well, you are right, he doesn't build the 20keyless reed organs
any more, but he is about to build 60keyless+ reed organs!
This new organ is based on a "swiss organ" (a kind of accordion).
He takes the two reed-parts of it (with the case!) and puts them
one beside the other in front of his own case behind some plexiglass.
Result: an mechanical accordion with the keys moving!
And it plays great!
He has Toccata and Fuge for it as well as a Argentinien Tango.

> someone outside of North America who subscribes to your MMD may have
> one, or know of one for sale.

sorry... we don`t sell ours ;)

> Many thanks,
> Dan Wilke
>  - - -
> WANTED TO BUY: Josef Raffin German-built reed organ; 20-note paper roll
> operated monkey organ type instrument with organ reeds instead of pipes
> (glass window on front of cabinet showing reed pallots).  Please send
> information as to color, price, etc to:
> Dan Wilke, 155 Geary Street, Buffalo, NY 14210-2339 USA
> Telephone (716) 825-7266 or week days at (716) 885-0250.

Some info about the 20keyless reed organ of Mr. Raffin for the list:
This little organ has been designed in the well-known Raffin manner:
Lots of wind, loud, high quality case, individual paintings.
For he always liked to show things moving, he shows the valves laying
upon the reeds in the front. Its alike that magic piano with the
jumping keys: you can see the music moving!

The only deficit of this instrument: too heavy to use it as
"hang-around-neck"-playing instrument over a long period
(For one piece of music, ok... but then you start thinking about to stop :)).

Well... as it has been said... these instruments are something "rare" now,
for they are no longer built... however, he repairs them of`course ;)

As far as I know, there are at least two other organ-builders who had built
a 20keyless reed organ.

                                                greetings by(e) InK
ERlanger drehORGEL-Trio, Familie Krause,

(Message sent Sat 23 Aug 1997, 15:50:32 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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