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Mgnon Reed Organette
Mignon 22-note Reed Organette
text & drawings by Hans van Oost

mignon22organette.jpg (66kb)Re Angelo Rulli's request in 000108 MMDigest.  According to Bowers' Encyclopedia, page 766, there were at least four types of Mignon organs: 22 notes/22 reeds, 22 notes/44 reeds (the most popular model), 32 notes/64 reeds, and the "Harmonieux" model with 40 notes and 120 reeds, so there is one model with a greater compass than the 32-note type.

Technically, all the models were the same, and the spacing of the notes was identical.  I have included a drawing of the 22-note model.  Early models had small bellows as pneumatics; the later models (from 1904) had a pneumatic system with membranes.  Music can still be ordered: Mr. van der Vlugt, in Tilburg, Netherlands, still makes the music rolls.  He has no e-mail, but I can forward messages to him.

Regards from Holland,

Hans van Oost
Sun, 09 Jan 2000 13:26:22 +0100

These high resolution image files may be downloaded and printed.  Since the GIF file does not convey dots-per-inch (dpi) it may be necessary to import the file into an image editor and adjust the dpi to, for example, 150 dpi (600 dpi for the master drawing).

master drawing, 5 views:
  mignon22organette.gif (134kb)

  mignon22organetteTop.gif (25kb)
  mignon22organetteRear.gif (25kb)
  mignon22organetteFront.gif (25kb)
  mignon22organetteLeft.gif (21kb)
  mignon22organetteRight.gif (20kb)

10 January 2000

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