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dragonser

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Humphreys combined Reed Organ and Piano
« on: February 26, 2011, 02:37:47 PM »
Hi
I just saw this interesting instrument on ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HUMPHREYS-COMBINED-REED-ORGAN-AND-PIANO-/150567304123?pt=UK_Antiques_Other_RL&hash=item230e82bbbb

item no 150567304123


there is also more info on the web site
http://blogharmonium.co.uk/

[ which has other info as well ].

regards Peter B


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Re: Humphreys combined Reed Organ and Piano
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 03:12:16 PM »
Dear Peter

Thanks for drwaing that one to attention - the thought that it is recommended to be scrapped is terrible - it's so unique that it should be a candidate for Tony . . . ?

Best wishes

David P

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Re: Humphreys combined Reed Organ and Piano
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 03:35:35 AM »
Hi

Sadly, I don't have room (or money).  There's  similar instrument in the Saltaire museum - the "orgapin" built by Whomes, and designed for silent film accompaniment in small cinemas.

It's a bit of a pig to play - the organ makes the piano action rather heavy - and on that example, the stops are controlled by levers below and in front of the keys.

I find the biggest problem (I've played it a few times in demo recitals) is remembering that the sustain pedal only affects the piano - not the organ as well, as a MIDI set up often does.

Wurlitzer actually built comboned pipe organs and piano - usually 2 manual - and some other examples are known.

Every Blessing

Tony

 


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