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Book "Rebuilding the Aeolian Orchestrelle"
By Kim Bunker

Hi all, Kim Bunker here from  In respect
for Mr. Vance and his Orchestrelle restoration book, I only suggested
to complete his study on the restoration of only the Aeolian
"Orchestrelle" pressure-activated reed player organ.

I don't think the intention of showing everything Aeolian produced was
his object.  By carefully reading his manual I didn't see any mention
of the "Grand" 46-note systems, or any Organettes.  Because the amount
of items Aeolian produced I think he didn't wanted to convolute his
beautifully laid out electronic book with regular reed organs, early
46-note models, organettes and so on.

The Aeolian Orchestrelle stands totally on its own as a very unique
and collectible mechanical musical instrument and, since there was no
restoration or construction manuals left by Aeolian, I think anyone
with common since would realize its importance to be fully documented.
What makes this instrument, the Orchestrelle, so collectible is, for
one, its size, range and its tonal characteristics sounding much like
a real pipe organ when restored properly.

My suggestion of a second volume is only to let the second- or third-
generation restorer know what should be done with model variations and
the smaller and larger Orchestrelles only.  I only suggest this to
make restorations of Orchestrelles easier.  Vacuum reed organs are
a completely different animal to anyone that has ever rebuilt one.

Thank you for now
Kim Bunker

 [ The complete title of the book by Richard Vance is "Rebuilding the
 [ Aeolian Orchestrelle 58-Note Player Reed Organ, 1912 Model 'W'".
 [ The electronic book is published at
 [ It's an account of the restoration problems he encountered and how
 [ he solved them, with explanations of how the various devices in the
 [ organ function.  The restoration techniques described surely are
 [ broadly applicable; an appendix describing the differences of other
 [ Orchestrelle models would be a useful and welcome addition.
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Wed 30 Jun 2004, 01:00:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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