The organ is now completely dismantled and some initial repairs have begun. Mainly a gluing and clamping exercise.
You’ll never guess what I found in the bellows when I dismantled it. Pictures below.
There is plenty of evidence of wood worm throughout but it was well treated by the previous owner. None the less I have treated it again just to be sure.
The case top (part with mirror) is in good condition bar a couple of spots but the finish on the main case is in terrible condition. I now face the task of trying to match the new finish on the case with the old finish on the case top. Worst case scenario? If nothing matches I strip the whole lot and start from scratch. We will see.
On a different note, the RF Steven’s organ which I was working on last is almost now completely finished. I will fill you in with pictures of the final product in the next while. Work so far in documented on its page on the main site. Here is the link: http://www.reedorgansireland.com/stevenfoldingorgan/
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More pictures and info soon…