Barrel Organs

Street organ Original Raffin R31/84 “Konzert”

    Street organ Original Raffin R31/84 “Konzert”



    Orgelbau Raffin GmbH

    Wood, metal, brass, steel, leather, aluminum alloy, rubber; casting, carpentry, lathing, marquetry, milling, polishing

    67 х 48 х 75 cm, 48 kg

    On façade: ”ORIGINAL KONZERT ORGEL”, ”RAFFIN ÜBERLINGEN”, on metal plate: ”Orgelbau Raffin D7770 Überlingen Abigstraße 9 Telefon 0 75 51/42 44 Typ R 31/84 “Konzert”; “JOSEF RAFFIN”


    Street organ in rectangular wooden case on the pedestal with corner feet, reinforced by figured brass plates. All exterior surfaces are veneered with walnut and decorated with patterns and inscriptions made in marquetry technique and intarsia using wood veneer of different breeds: Karelian birch, palisander, rosewood, maple, etc. The central part of the facade is closed by a removable panel with an arched window. Sixteen wooden stopped flue pipes are mounted behind it. Floral ornament and images of music instruments surround the window. Horizontal rectangular window closed by dark panel with the organ model name is closed with dark panel from the inner side. The panel is surrounded by a narrow wavy light and dark shades veneer frame from three sides, curt manufacturer’s name is below. Oval medallions with the images of musical instruments, sheet music and flowers on the Karelian birch veneer background in narrow rectangular wavy frame are on the lateral sides. Two hinged lids with the images of music instruments, sheet music and flowers in the narrow frame are on the top side. There are hinged lids with two hook locks each. The front lid opens access to the rows of organ pipes that form registers, the rear one - to the drive mechanism. A polished plate made of foil-coated fiberglass is screwed to the inner side of this lid.

    The company name, organ brand and signature "JOSEF RAFFIN" are engraved inside the Modern style vignette. Two paper stickers are next to the plate: one from the city of Linz am Rhein, the other from the French commune Les Gets, where street organ festivals are held. Encrusted floral ornament comprised of mother-of-pearl and metal of red, yellow and white colours is on the front lid black colour inner surface. Ornately shaped metal folding handles for carrying are fixed on the case lateral sides. Four round metal sliders’ handles are on the right side. Large drive mechanism handle, a small handle for rewinding the roll and round handles for turning rewinding on / off and fixing the coil with paper music roll and a glazed window through which the treble pipes are visible - are on the rear side of the organ. Music media: paper music roll.

    84 flute pipes comprise the set. The organ is mounted on a trolley with a handle, on four pneumatic wheels with spokes. Brake pads are mounted near the wheels, front wheels are swivel.