The barrel organ was in very poor condition after many years under unfortunate storage conditions. The owner wanted it put into playable and presentable condition, despite the fact that this extensive work risked erasing some traces of tools, wear and other original details. This risk did not give rise to any concerns in this case, as a number of other barrel organs by Gebr. Bruder are preserved, and since the barrel organ had otherwise been discarded.
The work included among other things
- replacement of the parts of the wood that was heavily damaged by woodworm
- filling and retouching wormholes that did not threaten the stability of the wood
- replacing missing parts of the front intarsia
- total replacement of the stiff and leaky leather of the bellows
- partial replacement of valve leather in bellows and wind chest
- replacement of defective valve springs
- review of all pipes with regard to tightness, stability and sound; a few pipes opened and adjusted at the mouthpiece and edge
- replacement of the rusted and stuck iron screws for adjusting the mechanics by new adjusting screws of brass
- new adjustment of the mechanics, taking into account that the dimensions of the wooden parts had changed over time due to storage under very dry circumstances
- Staining and shellac polishing of the outer surfaces
The following pictures illustrate the deplorable condition of the barrel organ before the restoration.
Hear the barrel organ play a Rheinlander Polka