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52 key Verbeeck organ

52 key Verbeeck -

This instrument was built in 1982 by Johnny Verbeeck in Belgium. The specification includes melody registers for bourdon céleste (2 ranks), violin (3 ranks), trumpet, glockenspiel and tremulant.

52 key Verbeeck - acpilmer.comThe accompaniment has three ranks, plus a rank of trumpets which can be added in forte passages in the music. There are 8 bass notes which have two pipes per note plus 4 extra cello bass pipes. A rank of trombones can be added to the basses under register control. The percussion comprises: bass drum and cymbal, snare drum and wood block. The front has three figures, a bandmaster and two bell ringers. The accompaniment forte and cello bass pipes are were an optional extra to the usual production models of this type.

52 key Verbeeck -

In 1999 a MIDI playing system was installed and there is about 5 hours of music included on floppy disc. Whilst the keyframe is still attached to the organ for playing cardboard music books, none are included in the sale, as all the books were disposed of when the organ was changed to computer operation.

At present the organ operates on 110V DC, but a 230V AC mains transformer / rectifier is included for use on the normal mains supply, which is required in conjunction with the MIDI system.

We will be pleased to furnish further details on this organ on request. The organ would be ideal for use by a travelling showman or permanent amusement park.

46-key Gavioli organ

Gavioli Front - Gavioli Pipework - Gavioli Keyframe -

We discovered this organ some years ago in the United States and brought it to England where it quickly found a new home with a collector, who displayed it in his hallway. A move to a smaller house now forces its sale. It is the only 46-key Gavioli organ we have ever had for sale. About 200m of new music is included. The organ is in good playing condition, and is motorised ready for use (UK voltage). The instrumentation includes eight bass baritones. A vast repertoire of music to suit all tastes is available on this popular and accessible scale. Further details, dimensions, etc. are available on request.

121 key Gebroeders Decap (Antwerp) organ

This is a unique opportunity to acquire an example of the largest and most impressive type of all-pipe dance organs. 121-key Decap Antwerp organs are generally regarded as representing the pinnacle of Belgian dance organ development, with a comprehensive fully chromatic musical scale and wide range of musical possibilities. The whole ensemble is completed by an extensive visible percussion section. A large and varied library of music is available, the work of the best arrangers for this type of instrument. We will be pleased to discuss this with anyone seriously interested in owning such an organ, whether for private or commercial use. These organs do not come onto the open market very often, and this one offers exciting possibilities.

Here (below) is a large and impressive piece of brand new carving, intended for an organ front but now no longer needed.  Standing approximately 1 metre (39 inches) tall, we have two (2) of these, identical, both still in bare wood, straight from the carver.  They are posed with the intention of supporting a shelf.  There is some slight damage to the toes on one figure (shown) but we have the pieces and this can be easily repaired.  We can furnish further pictures, dimensions etc. on request.  Preferably to be sold as a pair.

Brand New Carvings - Sold -

46 keyless Alfred Bruder Organ

46 keyless Alfred Bruder Organ - AC Pilmer

This instrument was built in Waldkirch in 1927 and is a fine example of a small German fair organ with a big heart. It is in excellent condition and is regularly maintained and tuned by us – a few years ago we also completely restored and re-decorated the façade. It comes with 14 boxes of cardboard music (each one is nominally 100m length) plus a number of individual books. The repertory encompasses many different types of music and includes outstanding arrangements by Carl Frei, Gustav Bruder and others.

AC Pilmer - montageThe façade was stripped, repaired and completely repainted. (Click on images to enlarge).

AC Pilmer - montageThe scale of this organ has 8 bass notes (plus 5 trombones on separate register control); 11 accompaniment notes (strengthened by trumpets under register control) and 22 melody notes. The melody division has three ranks of violins in constant play, and adds two further ranks to these, an octave and super octave under register control. There is also a snare drum and a bass drum and cymbal. This is nominally the same scale as 52 key Limonaire, a firm with which Alfred Bruder’s father, Richard, had close connections as Director of their branch in Waldkirch. This excellent scale makes 46 keyless Alfred Bruder organs one of the most versatile small German fair organ types in existence and as such are able to play with great conviction, without the need to make obvious compromises due to missing semitones in the scale or limited bass notes, as is very often the case with small German fair organs.

We can furnish further details of this organ on request, and will be pleased to make arrangements for serious intending purchasers to view it.

52 key Arthur Bursens street organ

52 key Arthur Bursens street organ - AC Pilmer

This organ was built in about 1970 by Arthur Bursens, of Hoboken, Antwerp, Belgium, as part of a batch of four. This particular one was bought by Lord O’Neill and became an attraction at Shane’s Castle in County Antrim, mounted on a 1920’s Leyland lorry. Later, it was sold to Arthur Mason in Norfolk, and in 1981 passed to John Harrison of Pontefract. We extended the façade and built a proscenium, which the organ had always lacked.

52 key Arthur Bursens street organ - AC Pilmer

Much new music was supplied at the time, and the organ was extensively exhibited. The organ changed hands again before being acquired by A C Pilmer Automatic Music Ltd. and mounted in a newly-converted Bedford display vehicle. In this guise it was frequently rented out and spent time on hire at Lightwater Valley Theme Park in North Yorkshire, as well as attending many public events in the north of the country.

In 1990 the organ was acquired by the present owner who has had much pleasure with it, but has now decided the time has come to let someone else enjoy it.

52 key Arthur Bursens street organ - AC Pilmer

The organ plays a special Bursens scale, not the standard 52 key (Limonaire) scale.


8 bass notes: 1x stopped, 1x cello, 1x trombone on register control
12 accompaniment notes: 1x stopped, 1x cello (a fully chromatic octave)
22 melody notes (fully chromatic g – e) 2x violin, 2x bourdon céleste, 1x piston (metal trumpet)
Bass drum and cymbal; snare drum x2 beaters
Separate key for bandmaster

The organ operates with bellows and is a high-quality instrument. Mr Bursens died in 1982, marking the definitive end of the Bursens family’s organ building activities. The organ is still mounted in the Bedford display vehicle and is ready for use.


101 key organ “De Arend” (“The Eagle”)
De Arend II with 12 automatic registers and 101 keys.  Built in the Netherlands in the early 1990s.  Plays from both cardboard music books and computer Midi files (about 50 tunes on each system).  It is currently mounted on a close-coupled trailer suitable for towing behind a four-wheel drive vehicle or van.  Further details can be obtained on application.

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46 key organ built in 1986 by A. Whitehead & Co.

This small fair organ, playing the standard 46 key scale, is ideal for a first-time hobby buyer, or an operator of children’s amusements where it would fit in the centre of a small ride, or, mounted in a suitable trailer, could stand at the side of any attraction.  In excellent playing condition, with mains electric drive, the organ comes with a good library of cardboard music, all purchased since 1986.

46 key organ by A Whitehead - AC-Pilmer


72 key Gebroeders DECAP CAFÉ ORGAN
Built around 1950, with full percussion, saxophone and accordion on view. In original condition, therefore in need of complete restoration and re-decoration, which we will be pleased to undertake for the new owner. Further details on request.

72 Decap Facade


92 key Gebroeders DECAP FAIR ORGAN

Ask for further details.

105 key Gebroeders DECAP DANCE ORGAN

With full percussion, saxophone, trumpet, two accordions and xylophone on view. Also contains real jazz flute and vibratone pipes. Further details on request.


Ask for further details.


Wilhelm Bruder STARKTON ORGAN, model 76

Fully restored by us some years back, but still in excellent condition, with 600m of newly-cut music in boxes, much of it arranged by the renowned Gustav Bruder! Façade fully restored and re-decorated, including gilding. Available with or without custom-built close-coupled custom built display trailer. Ask for further details. (Click to enlarge).

Starkton OrganHear the organ play ‘Blaze Away’ arranged by A C Pilmer.


Large quantity of used 46 / 48 KEYLESS music books

Mainly by Chiappa Ltd. Increase your existing music library, or would be great to get you going on a self-build project. We also have a few used 46 / 48 KEYED music books for sale. Contact us for a list of titles.

A quantity of old 46 key music books

made by the Berni Organ Company of New York.

A large quantity of used 65 key GAVIOLI music books

Made by the B. A. B. Organ Company of New York.


A number of original red manila music rolls in excellent condition in wooden holders for an Imhof & Mukle piano orchestrion type “Dinorah”. More details on request.

Gebr. Wellershaus Fairground Organ

WellershausWellershaus IIThis would be an interesting restoration project for a dedicated amateur. The organ was originally built as a barrel organ and came to England from the Netherlands in about 1980. It was part of Arthur Mason’s collection at Burnham Market for some time, and was later bought by a travelling showman who had it converted to play cardboard music. It travelled in the south of England with a set of gallopers until a larger organ was acquired for the machine. It then passed to a new owner who began restoring the organ but never finished the work. It is complete and comes with a quantity of book music. Contact us for further details and pictures and to make an appointment to view. This is an opportunity for to acquire a German fair organ at a very reasonable price!

Original Organ Figures

Figures are available for sale from time to time. For those building new organs we can also supply good copies of original figures, and we will be pleased to furnish details on request. Contact us here.


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