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Style 900-910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Estey single manual organ Style 900 & 910

Once upon a time, twas the year 1880 the company management realized they reached the moment they would manufacture the "100,000th Organ" soon. This made them decide to built a new style, elaborate in case and even so elaborate in the action used in this instrument.

Once finished, they named it "New Salon Organ" and fitting the method of giving a Style number to each model, this one was name "Style 900".

Estey Style 900

The management around the jubilee instrument (photo ca. 1881, taken from: Dennis G. Waring: "Manufacturing the Muse" Estey Organs & Consumer Culture in Victorian America.

Left: Julius J. Estey, son of Jacob Estey, middle: Levi Fuller, son in law of Jacob Estey
right: Jacob Estey, founder and patriarch of the Estey family

The Style 900 Action

"Forty years of active connetion with organ manufacturing have yielded a valuable experience. This experience and knowledge of the possibilities in the art are available to the public through the medium of the Estey Organ.

Since the advent of the peerless Salon Organ, it has so far as we know stood without a rival in its own special sphere. It is needles to speak f it in detail. Our reputation being a sufficient guarantee of its solid worth. Condensed description is appended. "

Dear mr. Jacob Estey, we believe that following your statement, we should end this page here. However, would you really mind, if we continue to make our visitors happy to learn about both Style 900 and the even more elaborate Style 910? Should you have any fundamental objections, please let me know. Needless to speak about the very nice pictures to be seen below and looking to them in detail .... :-)

Subbass 16
Melodia 8
Gamba 8
Violetta 4
Cornettino 2
Cornet Echo 2
Harp Aeolian 2

Clarionet 16
Bourdon 16
Royal Jubilante 16
Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Hautboy 8
Flute 4

II Forte (bass)

Kneeswell (opens Forte II)

I Forte (treble)
Harmonique (Octave coupler)
Kneeswell (opens Forte I)
Vox Humana

18 stops  

How to distinct a Style 900 from a Style 910?

A Style 900 has 18 stops, divided in two groups of 9 each, clearly visible at the picture at the top.

The Style 910 has 23 stops with 5 extra speaking stops added to the Style 900.

Subbass 16
Melodia 8
Gamba 8
Violetta 4
Cornettino 2
Cornet Echo 2
Harp Aeolian 2

Clarionet 16
Bourdon 16
Royal Jubilante 16
Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Hautboy 8
Flute 4

Stops added in Style 910

Basset 16
Bassoon 16

Barytone 32
Sub-Bourdon 32
Wald Flute 2

II Forte (bass)

Kneeswell (opens Forte II)

I Forte (treble)
Harmonique (Octave coupler)
Kneeswell (opens Forte I)
Vox Humana

 

A catalog picture of Style 900

 

Catalog Picture of Style 900

picture taken from Manufacturing the Muse page 3

this picture was taken from Estey Catalog 1881 where it also has the caption
NEW SALON ORGAN

Pictures of Style 910

Both pictures are courtesy of Bruce Dracott of England, owner of Cambridge Reed Organs (see links Europe).

Guilded fretwork in Style 910

And now: connect your headphone, and turn the volume at max:

Style 910 Estey ca 1881

didn't your hear any sound through the headphones?

Try start a piece of music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vox Humana Jrg 20 nr. 1