Just a short note to thank all of you for your response to my cry for
help. I never expected to hear from so many. Most were references on
where to try, some referrals and some information.
I want to clear up the info I gave in my initial request for help.
I acquired the drehorgel by purchase directly from Deleika in Germany
in 1993. We were in Freudenstadt and heard the beautiful music coming
from one of their organs. I talked to the operator and he gave me their
address in Moeckmuehl. We went to the factory which incidentally is not
very large and talked to the son of the owner, a Mr Fischer. He showed
us around and demonstrated the various models they made and sold. I
fell in love with the 26/44 and gave him my US address. Upon returning
home I wrote asking for a written price on the 26/44 without the pipes
and case as I wanted to make them myself. I received an answer in about
two weeks and placed an order. To be included with the shipment were
the instructions to completely set it up and run. Also to be included
were 2 music rolls and a test roll, which were included. When the
orgel arrived there were no instructions. I sent a letter back to them
and have not received an answer yet to this day. I used the same address
all the time, it was amazing they got my order but not my other letters.
I have sent a total of 4 letters, Three to the first and one to
One thing led to another and I had to devote my attentions to another
endeavor so everything sat idle. Last year I started to make the pipes
and I still have 11 more to make. But all this time I was thinking about
the assembly of which I knew nothing. I tried several hookups but to no
avail. I knew nothing of the mechanics involved only the principals.
I thought I would search the web about 3 months ago and see if Deleika
had a page. They did along with a new address in Dinklesbuehl, I
immediately wrote them thinking that perhaps they had moved. I am still
waiting for a reply. Very frustrating to say the least. Then I tried
the web again and came up with your assistance. All my questions were
not answered but I at least had a start.
The two addess I used were-
I was asked about the location of the mechanical music museum in Bruchsal.
It occupies two floors in a magnificent old estate mansion. Parking was
very easy to find. The town is about 20 miles or so SSE of Heidelburg on
a main road, not the autobahn. There are ALL types of instruments there.
Violin players, pianos, organs and music boxes. If you go, ask for an
English tour, they don't always have an English speaking guide but they
went out of their way to find one for us. My wife and I were the only
ones on the tour. So she took plenty of time and played many of the
instruments, Very few were not in working order but they are under
repair. By now they probably are. If you get to Germany, make this
one of your stops!
Again many thanks for your help, I really appreciated it. If you ever
think of anything else please contact me.
Alfred A. Henneberger
1 301 824 7429
Fax 1 301 739 8754