For some, the ideal vacation is lying on a beach soaking up rays while enjoying a good book. For others, nothing beats wading into a mountain stream with a rod and reel. For members of the Reed Organ Society, the ideal vacation is touring reed organ displays at museums and universities from Nova Scotia to California. Vacationers can find dedicated reed organ displays in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Germany and a dozen other countries.
Enthusiasts of reed organs (a.k.a. pump organ, parlor organ, cabinet organ and—in Europe—harmonium) are passionate about their hobby. Often purchased for their beautiful Eastlake and Victorian styled cabinetry, collectors soon find that a reed organ offers more than just furniture. For many, restoring reed organs becomes a satisfying hobby. For others, the lovely sound of a reed organ prompts one to pursue music lessons (or at least visit museums for reed organ concerts). Others prefer to act in the role of a “picker,” learning enough about collectible reed organs to buy them cheaply and re-sell them to collectors and hobbyist-restorers. Read More
Originally posted 2013-12-15 13:25:00.