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Tuning a 20-key Barrel Organ
By Kyle Irwin

Hello.  We have a 20-key barrel organ by Molinari & Sons, New York,
which is in dire need of tuning.  I am unable to locate any information
on the order of pitches, and the process in which to tune such a
delightful instrument.  I assume these were tuned to A-435.  I welcome
any advice and information.  I thank you in advance!

Kyle B. Irwin - Master Technician
Curator of the Mechanical Music Collection,
Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, California 

 [ Kyle has tuned and maintained big pipe organs for many years but
 [ the little 20-key diatonic organ may be a new experience.  What is
 [ the recommended procedure for tuning the pipes by ear?  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 27 Aug 2011, 19:40:53 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  20-key, Barrel, Organ, Tuning

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