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Difficult Restoration No. 4
Before: When its owner brought me this pile of "stuff" and asked me to
turn it back into a reed organ, I resisted: there seemed so little
to work with. The two ends of the case; the front stretcher; the
panels at knee-level; the key-slip; and the gallery were present,
along with a few fragments of the back and a box of small parts.
There was no lower action, no upper action, and all the fret-work
was in pieces.
After: It's amazing what an unlimited budget can accomplish!
Out of the
wood-pile came a lid, a new stretcher (the one supplied was warped
beyond use), the front panels and top: all former reed organ parts,
and all solid walnut. Then came a derelict Clough & Warren action.
A lower action was built from new material. All the fret-work was
duplicated, along with various turnings, stop-knobs and so forth.
The result exceeds my expectations by a wide margin. (If anyone
can identify the maker of the case, I'd love to know who it was).