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Johan de Vries "Kistdraaiorgel" in Translation
By Bob Furth

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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.


Bob Furth

 [ 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:
 [ Foreword
 [   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
 [ book.
 [   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
 [ Director-Conservator
 [ National Museum Van Spleelklok Tot Pierement
 [ Visit
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 28 Aug 2004, 20:59:42 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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