Disassembly

When I got the organ home and began the disassembly large parts of the front of the case became detached entirely. The back cover was badly warped, riddled with lots of woodworm and needed to be replaced. The wooden casters were seized and worn. There was a crack in the lid.

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The bellows and bellows platform were so infested with worm that the layers of plywood delaminated completely. Someone had tried to give new live to the bellows at some stage by covering it with upholstery leatherette. This solution was never going to be very successful. It was obvious that a new bellows and bellows platform were required.

As mentioned, many of the stop faces were lost. The Vox Humana mechanism long since seized. The key fronts were all loose and some missing. There were remnants of a 'damp chaser' device attached to the reed pan. Springs were broken on mutes and swell shades. Generally, as is expected in these instruments, it was absolutely filthy.

Stop labels missing, parts of the pedal assembly on the top

The coupler mechanism covered with woodworm dust from the keys

Filthy pallet valve leathers

Manufacturer decal on stop board

Dirty reeds removed for cleaning

Key fronts missing and others fithy

The organ was still being eaten by this guy!

The Vox Humana

Place of manufacture

A signature on the keys indicates the name of the person who tuned the organ before it left the factory. It also dates the organ to 1897. It reads AB Hastings 12-15-97