1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ Mod Pt.1

by Scott on 2013/03/27

Just brought in an 1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ (still working!) to start modifying it into a midi controller for a big project that we’ll be unveiling in late spring. The tones it produces are unreal. And so was the collection of dust inside it. Here are some pics from the disassembly.

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hank mummert September 7, 2014 at 9:10 am


I’m writing because i inherted an identical organ to this one and since your modifing this one wanted to ask what you plan
on doing with the parts your taking off of it. The organ i have was my mom’s but orginally was bought by my great grandmother
in 1900. I want to restore this organ and am looking for parts for it. Please write back when you can. thank you.


Scott December 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Thanks for getting in touch Hank, and sorry for the delayed response. Your message got stuck in my spam filter for some reason.

We ended up using most of the organ – you can see it here:

That being said, I did end up with a bunch of the reeds, and most of the metal pieces that connect all the stops internally as well as the coupler plates if they’re useful to you. Let me know if you need them :)


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