Barrel Organs

Reed street organ

    Reed street organ

    Austria-Hungary, Pekařov


    Kolb & Söhne

    Wood, metal, brass, steel, leather; casting, carpentry, lathing, varnishing

    45 х 29 х 45 cm, 11 kg


    Reed street barrel organ in rectangular wooden case, veneered with mahogany, with corner feet, reinforced by figured brass plates. The front side is closed with a removable black lattice with three curtained windows, covered with light fabric. Intarsia in the form of narrow rectangular frame of light veneer is below. The barrel knife and dolt mechanism is on the left side. Located above crank in the form of an anchor raises and lowers the key frame in the working position. A removable pinned barrel kid with an aperture for the axis is on the right lateral side. A black lid, which opens access to the pinned barrel, is on the top side. Pinned barrel for seven tunes and key frame with twenty-five keys, according to the number of basic tones are under the lid. With the key frame raised, the barrel can be moved along the axis and set to one of seven fixed positions according to the selected melody. When the detachable crank on the organ rear side rotates, the worm gear rotates the barrel, and the crank gear activates the bellows blowing air into the wind chest, a chamber with valves distributing the compressed air between vibrating reeds. Barrel pins and bridges raise the keys that open the valves of the corresponding reeds.