Rare JEWETT AND GOODMAN "walkaround" Reed Organ

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 27,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

You are Bidding on a rare Jewett and Goodman Reed melodian/pump organ

I have collected reed organs and melodians for many years. I bought this one about 7 years ago from an antiques dealer.

First of all I should tell you a little bit about this piece.

Jewett and Goodman was based in CLEVELAND OHIO. They were well known and respected for manufacture of a fine line of melodians and reed organ. This particular model, Serial No 4 016 is what is known as a "walkaround" model. The rear part of the case is finished and designed to be seen unlike most pump organs that have a lesser grade wood on the back and were meant to be pushed up against a wall. This paricular instrument was designed to be "center stage" so to speak in one formal music parlor. This was in its day a higher dollar instument as opposed to the more common Estey or Sears organs. It was the unsusual case design, made of rosewood that I was drawn to. My plans were to conduct a full restoration on this one but I have too many and not enough time, so I am reluctantly offering this for sale.

Condition: The case is rosewood and would benefit from a good cleaning and a "french polish" t are some nicks and t as would be expected of a piece built in the 1860's. The pumps work but t is air seepage and the Bellows will need to be redone, It plays (somewhat) but will need the bellows reworked and reeds cleaned to deliver proper tone. The keys are ivory and a few are damaged. you could find replacements on Ebay (if you prefer the vintage look) or you could buy new replacement sets. As restoration go ,I dont feel that this one would be too difficult for an experienced collector/restorer.

DIMENSIONS: 50 1/2 long 22 deep and 36 1/2 high. No stool but I have a couple on other auctions.


A word about PUMP ORGANS: you see pump organs on EBAY all the time with ridiculous opening prices, people tend to think because grandma owned it ,it must be like a steinway piano and be worth tons of money. The reality is that pump organs were the "home entertainment center" of their day and quite common, built in the tens of thousands. Estey being the largest manufacturer. While Pump organs are historic they arent particularly valuable. T is a dedicated 'enthusiast market' in these and they are a joy to own and if you live in a historic house they are a wonderful addition to your decor BUT they will never make you rich by collecting them! Rarer ones are appreciating in value however.

Having said that, if you collect these and appreciate the unusual , then this is worth your consideration. I have set a very reasonable opening price (less than I paid for it seven years ago as a matter of fact) and I have included a very FAIR Buy it Now Price for those of you who may know what this is and want to take the time to do a proper restoration.

This instrument is located in Indianapolis and due to its size it is a pickup only item. If you are shipping it I would like to have it picked up within 14 days but can work with you on that. T are piano movers that also move organs. Two people can easily load it . PLEASE DO NOT BID IF YOU WILL NOT COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION! If you are new to ebay (less than 10 feedbacks) please contact me before you bid. If you have negative feedback please contact me, I wil cancel bids of people with excessive negative buyer feedback. NO INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS.

Payment by PAYPAL ONLY or CASH if you are picking this up in person but I require at least a 100.00 deposit via paypal at auction close. Please check my other auctions as I have many interesting things from The Victorian Era.