To determine the age of an
instrument you need to have access to the old records of the reed organ
manufacturers. However, these records no longer exist, so you need to use
other sources of information. These sources can be information found in the
instrument, the brand name on the instrument, or old catalogs. Most old reed
organs also have a serial number, somewhere written or stamped in the organ.
This serial number can often be found by opening the back of the organ.
The Reed Organ
Society has set up a database with serial numbers and estimated year of
make. To determine the age of your reed organ, or find information about
missing stop names of your organ, you can use this database. This database
has been setup with the help of several ROS-members, who have sent us reed
organ information to register it in the database.
You can help us to extend the information in this
database by registering your reed organ with the ROS, it is a free
service and you help many other reed organ owners and enthusiasts. To do that,
either use our
online registration form and email pictures to the
ROS Database Manager or
download and print our registration form
and send it by standard mail to Don Swett,
595 S Alton Way Apt 3D, Denver, CO 80247, USA.
Over 5200 instruments have been registered!
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