Dating a reed organ
The picture here shows the legs detached from the organ, but they are not the original legs which are metal and almost twice as long.Then there’s the Mk2 Chord version, which has a more modern logo and square, rather than round buttons on a black, rather than white, chord panel.
The air gets pumped over metal reeds which results in a rich sound a bit like a pipe organ with a bad cold – not as bold or clear, but with a dignified, if slightly dishevelled, air.I will do my best to answer any questions that you may have.Please submit as much of the following information as is available and you are willing to share.You are invited to register the information about your Packard organ as it will add to our base of knowledge on this important organ manufacturer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.It will also give us a clearer picture as to how many of these instruments have survived.Photographs are also welcome, as they will assist in identifying and dating your Packard.
Submit all information and questions to [email protected] Contact information: Name, State/Province, Country 2. Reed cell board serial number: If you open the back access door of the organ and look inside, there is a large number that is stamped on the flat surface, usually in front of the fan-like tremolo (if the tremolo is present). 1887, the organ serial number was printed on a warranty certificate and pasted usually on the back of the organ, sometimes inside..
It’s defintely more Ivor Cutler than Van der Graaf Generator, but that’s certainly no bad thing.
There’s really not a lot of information available about these – they do crop up fairly regularly in online auctions, along with similar items by other manufacturers.
After the turn-of-the-century, tastes began to change and piano design began to become a bit more streamlined.
The ostentatious styles of the late 19 century saw a calmer, less radical movement in interior design than the previous decades, and this change was immediately seen in the evolving styles offer by the major piano manufacturers.
Since this was the height of the Victorian era, manufacturers were building their upright pianos with exotic woods and lavish carvings, often producing incredibly ornate and lavish models to suit the décor of the era.