update: 9-09-2009


While in the shop they showed me another organ they had which needs repair.  All I heard was that it was an Estey.  To my surprise it wasn't a regular Estey, but looks to be some variety of an Estey Boudoir?  No high top, but a fancier case that is absolutely the most amazing case I've seen on an American Reed Organ.  It has five stops on each side.

I looked through all of Gellerman's Estey pictures on his web site and didn't find what I'd consider a match.  Period wise it looks like it fits the mid 1870's. (the way the key cover board folds up)  One prominant feature is a huge carved leafy looking thing (flor de li?sp?) that comes up from the pedal area towards the keyboard.  It must be almost a foot wide and at least several inches deep.

Can anyone might be able to help me identify this Estey?

Richard Epler







































































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Question One: What style name is this Estey and what is the age?

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In only a few hours there was an answer, very detailed. I won't tell you - of course - that I am going to ask the messenger of the solution for a copy of the catalog involved.

This is pictured in an Estey catalog of 1876 that I have a copy of. It is called "The Sample Organ", "Style 64", and was listed for $310. It is identical to the one in the antique shop except it has a different design above the pedals.

The cut in the catalog shows the same 10 stops. However, in the description, it says it has 11 stops and lists them as: I. Forte, Melodia, Diapason, Viola, Flute, Violette, Vox Jubilante, Vox Humana, Sub-Bass, Harmonic, II Forte.

Hope this helps! Charlie Robison

And here is the proof

sample organ
This organ is featured with a very attractive folding lid with a typical iPhone wide-angle curve in the instrument :-)