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Dear Sirs, The book, "Kistdraaiorgel - boeuwbeschrijving,"
by Johan de Vries, is presently being translated into English.
It is close to completion.
[ Kistdraaiorgel Chest Crank Organ
[ boeuwbeschrijving Construction Information
[ Ing. Johan de Vries Johan de Vries, Engineer
[ (C) 1990 Huismuziek, Utrecht
[ ISBN 90-73293-05-7
[ I believe the English translation is by Henk DeGraauw of Canada,
[ an experienced organ-builder himself. Here is Henk's translation
[ (in draft) of the foreword by Jan Jaap Haspels:
[ The National Museum Van Speelklok Tot Pierement in Utrecht has
[ been asked many times for advice, information, and addresses for good
[ materials, etc., for the building of small book organs. As a result
[ of these requests, and there have been many in the last few years,
[ the Museum wrestled with the problem that here was really no clear
[ handbook, and also for interested amateurs no explicit handbook,
[ in existence where all aspects of building these small organs were
[ covered. Well, such a book exists now.
[ Of course some of the content in this book does not apply in total
[ to the restoration ethic that is used by the Museum. It is kind of
[ silly to apply the Museum's standards regarding musical standards,
[ material selection, processing, and intonation, etc., onto the
[ enthusiastic do-it yourselfer.
[ This manual presents in a simple manner and with simple materials,
[ and with a large dose of inventiveness, a detailed guide on how one
[ can get a reasonable result. There was a great need for such a
[ By studying the content of this book one does not become a Carl
[ Frei, a Dom Bedos or an Ignaz Bruder. You can start on this project
[ with unbelievable pleasure and, I can assure you, unless you have
[ two left hands and you precisely follow the construction details,
[ you can get a result that will sound like a clock (no pun intended).
[ Dr. Jan Jaap Haspels
[ National Museum Van Spleelklok Tot Pierement
[ Visit http://www.geocities.com/johansorgels/orgels.nl.html
[ -- Robbie