After some 40 years restoring reed organs as a hobby, Jim Tyler has, in early retirement, opened a 2500-square-foot facility devoted to the repair and refurbishment of reed organs, melodeons and harmoniums.
Ever a Mr. Fixit, Jim takes particular pleasure in converting
what many might consider a piece of junque into the musical instrument
it was intended to be when built. This often requires fabricating new parts, since
there is NO supply of materials for repairing reed organs beyond the
basic leather and felt.
The Reed Organ Man was recently featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a past President of the Reed Organ Society and is currently editor of the Reed Organ Society Quarterly.