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created : 26-11-2009

update: 22-01-2012

 

Catalogs in our collection:

Catalogue 1896

Catalogue 1910

Catalogue 1921 Malkin book

 

 

Impeccable copies of catalogs are hard to find. As some like to have everything for free, I use a different approach: EXCHANGE.
(The oldest know principle to obtain something.)

You want something from me, so arrange to deliver something to me.

It's easy and it's fair for both.

 

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Due to the fact that the Mustel catalog as an Acrobat files is over 37 Megabytes in size, it can only be shipped on cd-rom. Serious researchers can buy a copy of this cd rom, containing a second catalog picked from a list. Contact me through the "Contact" page. And no, we are not going to charge you to buy me a new car. (I don't have one, and I won't have one.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mustel catalog 1896

It has taken me years to acquire an impeccable copy of a Mustel catalog. I have to be honest on this topic: Many of the collectors ask money for a photocopy. No problem at all. But some of them dare to ask € 2 per page or even more. (One bloody limit was asking over € 10 for each photocopy!).

This is why this catalog is scanned in low resolution in a smaller size than the original (which is approx. A4 landscape in size).

Below are the pictures of all the 25 pages of this catalog. They are captured in an Flash movie.

 

 

The price of a Mustel harmonium in 1896

Whenever the brandname "Mustel" is mentioned it is most of the time followed by two remarks: 1) Top quality 2) Very expensive. That is why I took the catalog to calculate how much buyers had to pay to acquire a 'real Mustel'.

To grasp how much these price were in 1896, I have translated it (see footnote 2) taken form dr. Michel Dieterlen, L'Harmonium. This montly wage shows how expensive these instruments were at the time.

 

Modèle

caisse standard

Prix

Caisse optionel

Métaphone & Forté Fixe

Percussion

Clavier Tranpositeur

Prolongement

Talon Grand Jeu

Chaisse

Lampe à pétrole

Prix Total 2)

 

carrée

pupitre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

optionel

 

 

 

 

200

300

130 / 160

150

90

22

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

x

 

3000

160

200

0

x

150

90

22

24

3646

2

x

 

3500

160

200

0

x

150

90

22

24

4146

3

x

 

4100

160

200

0

x

150

90

22

24

4746

4

 

x

6800

x

200

0

x

0

90

22

24

7136

5

x 1)

 

1480

x

200

x

130

x

x

22

24

1856

6

x 1)

 

1660

x

200

x

130

x

x

22

24

2036

7

x

 

2700

x

200x

300

160

150

0

22

24

3356

8

x

 

3700

x

200

300

160

150

0

22

24

4556

Célesta 1 (2’)

simple chêne

980

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1030

 

Célesta 2 (4’)

simple chêne

1380

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1460

 

Célesta 3 (4’)

Palissandre ou Bois noir

1100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1100

 

9

Palissandre

5800

x

200

0

x

150

0

22

0

6172

10

Palissandre

6300

x

200

0

x

150

0

22

0

6672

11

Palissandre

6900

x

200

0

x

150

0

22

0

7272

12

Palissandre

11000

x

0

0

x

0

0

22

0

11022

1) Les caisses du modèle 5, 6 sont différents du caisses carrée ou pupitre.
2) Salaire par mois en 1896  100 F.frs. (cf. Michel Dieterlen, L’Harmonium)

Comparison with a house organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll

From the information found on the internet I have created a table of prices of house organs by Cavaillé-Coll.

Client Opusnr. Year price ranks Man. I Man. II Ped.
borrowed
stops
1   Mme. Viardot- Garcia, Paris 46
1851
14
6
6
2
14
replaced  in 1864 -nr. 3
2   Mr. Comte de Stackelberg, Paris 102-41
1856
13000
10
5
5
2
2
12
price at a sale 1863
3   Mme. Viardot- Garcia, Paris 248/227
1864
5849,25
Supplemental price after trade in former organ
4   Mme Poirson, Paris 498
1878
16000
10
5
5
3
3
13
5   Exposition Paris 487
1878
25000
12
6
6
3
2
14
Sold in 1902 to number 9
6   Mr. Taskin, Paris 606
1887
1900
3
3
3
occassion
7   Voeu National, Paris 595
1891
31500
13
5
8
3
4
17
Sold in 1913 
8   Mme. De Scey, Paris 660
1892
30000
17
8
7
2
0
17
9   Institution oui-Lambert, Rouen 487
1902
10000
12
6
6
3
2
14
Organ 24 years old, (sold from showroom C.C.)
 
source:  http://www.cavaille-coll.com/ccorg26.php