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Mason & Hamlin Reed Organ

Made by: Mason & Hamlin

17th Century

North America


Reed organs were immensely popular in the 19th-century with Mason & Hamlin, one of the most well-known manufacturers. To make sound, a player pumps the two foot pedals below,  operating the bellows. When a key is pressed, this sends streams of air to reeds inside the instrument, making them vibrate.  There is one reed for each key. Pulling and pushing stops on the reed organ will turn on or off different reed sets (that make different sounds).

Range: F5 octaves, 61 keys
Eastlake style case