Just posting on behalf of my girlfriend who has had an organ stored in her garage for a considerable number of years. When cleaning the garage out at the weekend we took the organ out of there in order to take a few pics. Untimately she is wondering if it is worth anything. The photos attached (fingers crossed I attached them properly) shows the organ as is minus a quick once over with a cloth to take the heaviest dust off. It does work by the way using a foot pump/pedal. We dont know a thing about organs or pianos so thought somewhere such as this would be the best port of call. Thanks in advance for an info you can give. Must say I think its rather handsome. If it could be restored to its former glory it would be an attrative feature in any house.
I doubt it's worth much/anything but I'm willing to be corrected on that.
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Generally used for short compass works such as hymns, carols, motets, chorales and various processions such as weddings & funerals.
For selling purposes, you may get up to about £200 (to the right buyer) - but it depends where you choose to advertise.... a 'home' is no good!! .... far too outdated, unless you get lucky.... but don't overlook specialist piano auctions, or even antique dealers - but through the trade, be lucky to get about £50.... due to the damage....
Condition is key here.... and after a quick glance at your photos, there are some parts missing & damage >>
1. Stop valve missing (or sometimes the ivory plate is missing - same thing)
2. 2 ebony key tops missing (sharps)
3. Keys sticking down (suspected damp?)
4. Veneer missing (suspected damp?)
5. General poor condition/ scratches/ bruises/ dents
If been kept in a garage.... then any prospect buyer may just walk away! Damp issues are big to a buyer.
Ideally a nice 'talking point' instrument - some beeswax would bring it up.... but certainly not an investment if you sell it.... and in its present condition.... there is no market for these instruments sadly. In good condition, they can fetch about £800 or more....
hope that helps..