Grant Muller

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This weekend I picked up a 100+ year old organ from a friend’s house. Thanks Ryan. Its a pump organ, made by a company that looks like “Moreto”. Apparently it was also made in Chicago.

All I know is that it doesn’t require any power other than my own two feet to operate. This makes it easy to stop by on my way to bed and play a little tune, whatever I make up, so that I end my day with a song. Here is some close ups of the detail work…

Detail

And of course…the fabulous cast iron and solid wood stool it came with

I of course have work to do on it. The reeds are slightly out of tune. Can those be retuned? The fabric behind the wood carvings needs to be replaced (thanks in advance, wife). The drawbars labels need to be redone, as some are missing. All in all it ought to be a fun project.

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  2. This is a Harmonium. When I was younger I never had access to a piano, but when I’d visit my great grandmother in Marietta she had one that was of similar build (seems like it was actually made by the Chicago Organ Company). They paid a good amount to have it tuned and restored (I remember it getting new red felt behind the carvings). They unfortunately arn’t worth much to anyone except us musicians. I’m curious to know what yours sounds like. I’d figure a Hammond B-3 would be more your bag. Checked out your Jazz videos on youtube…very cool indeed.

    1. I’ll have to record a few samples and post them up. Its not in great shape so any recordings I make you can hear the pedals going like a sewing machine in the background 🙂 I’m on the line being fixing it up and giving it away…maybe someday when I have spare time again.

      We had a B-3 actually! Well, not me, but a bandmate of mine. We were doing some stuff to fix it up, got it working and used it on a few recordings, but he needed to recover space so he gave it away. If I ever come across another one I’ll probably keep it for myself.

      Thanks for checking out the YouTube videos! Appreciate the compliment!

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