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Dutch street organ by Limonaire Frères “The Baron” (previously also known as “Pinoccio”)

The Baron - www.acpilmer.com

This organ was converted from barrel to book operation in Paris by Limonaire Frères and was used by the organ rental agency of Louis Holvoet in Rotterdam. Over the years, it has had many owners, and for a period saw use in the centre of a fairground ride. After exploitation on the streets of a number of Dutch towns, we brought it to England. The then owner had the front re-decorated but poor health forced its sale. We carried out the overhaul of the organ and later added a conductress figure. On completion, some new books were supplied and the organ was installed in a custom-built close-coupled box trailer.

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The Baron (side) - acpilmer.com Bandmistress close-up - acpilmer.com The Baron (side) - acpilmer.com

The organ retains the characteristic Limonaire sound; the added bourdon register is understood to have been made by Anton Pluer. This organ plays on the 47-key Limonaire scale with 6 bass notes, and has three automatic registers for violin, bourdon and trombone.

This is a really handy organ, not too large or heavy to handle, and with a volume that is well suited to playing in town centres. 30 books are included. Whilst newer street organs are readily available, it is much harder to get a quality original instrument such as this one. The organ is presently located in our showroom and awaits any inspection. The only negative point we should mention is that the trailer, built new for this organ, now requires a set of new tyres to comply with the current regulations. See this organ at Littleboy’s.

We will be pleased to furnish any further information on request.


Limonaire Dutch Street Organ “The Baron” – Medley of Old Time Hits


Limonaire Dutch Street Organ “The Baron” – This is My Song


We are pleased to be able to simultaneously offer for sale two used 31-note hand-turned German street organs in excellent condition. Both are ready for immediate use and have been checked over and tuned. A quantity of music rolls is included with each. Taking into account the present costs of packing and importation, the price of each is extremely advantageous against new cost; there are no delivery delays and both should be seriously considered by anyone currently intending to purchase an organ of this type. The first to come and view has the choice of either instrument! Prices on request.

Jäger & Brommer 31-note street organ on cart

Jaeger & Brommer 31 note street organ on cart - acpilmer.com

This organ, made in the Black Forest town of Waldkirch, Germany, has three registers, including a metal trumpet and is contained within a solid cherry-wood case. It comes complete with an attractive, sprung organ cart on wheels with rubber tyres and 9 multi-tune music rolls. It is in excellent condition inside and out, and has a handy waterproof cover for protection.

Dimensions (mm)
Organ: 630 h x 520 d x 720 w
Cart, excl. wheels: 470 h x 570 d x 760 w
Wheels: 400 diameter

The organ has been thoroughly serviced and tuned; contact us now to buy this organ at a substantial discount from the new price.

Orgelbau Stüber 31-note street organ on cart

31-note Stueber - acpilmer.comAn attractive instrument made by this popular Berlin maker. It has three ranks of pipes; a brass pan flute on view in continuous play, and hand registers for violin and open octave. It comes complete with a Stüber organ cart on rubber tyres and waterproof cover. The whole outfit has been carefully looked after and is in extremely good condition. A valuable repertoire of 37 multi-tune music rolls is included.

Dimensions (mm)
Organ: 690 h x 390 d x 580 w
Cart, excl. wheels: 360 h x 480 d x 620 w
Wheels: 340 diameter

We have just serviced and tuned the organ, which is now ready for delivery to a new owner.


86-key Mortier Orchestrion organ

Mortier 86-key sold

This organ bears factory number 219, and is illustrated and described on page 344 of The Mortier Story, the definitive history of the Mortier firm and its products. If you don’t have this book already, you should! You can order it from this website.

Mortier Orchestrion - acpilmer.comThe organ has been in the UK since the mid-1960s and was overhauled by us over the winter of 1982-3. On this occasion, the organ was completely dismantled and most of the leatherwork replaced. It later changed hands and we carried out some work to the keyframe in the mid-1990s.

Mortier Orchestrion - acpilmer.comIt was sold to this country by Oscar Grymonprez & Son, the well-known Belgian organ dealers who made a number of alterations to it. Some changes to the pipework were made and the present façade was fitted. When in the UK, the original bellows were disconnected and a blower and separate keyframe motor was fitted, but the bellows are still in place. A quantity of music came with the organ, and subsequent owners added to the repertoire, including a number of selections which were obtained from Eugene Peersman in Antwerp.

Mortier Orchestrion - acpilmer.comThe organ gives a reasonable performance but, after almost 40 years, is in need of another overhaul. The pipework and casework is in very clean condition; unfortunately the oak façade was painted over, possibly by Grymonprez. This would be an opportunity to restore the organ to a more original condition, and to re-finish the façade in the way the makers intended. The instrument is currently mounted in an unusual British-built International Loadstar with a custom-built display body. It may be possible to separate the organ from the truck to sell as two separate lots; if you have interest in purchasing either, please contact us for further details.

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70-key Gavioli Trumpet Barrel Organ

70 key Gavioli Sold

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101 key organ “De Arend” (“The Eagle”) 

De Arend SOLD

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46 keyless Alfred Bruder Organ

Alfred Bruder - SOLD - acpilmer.com

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52 key Arthur Bursens street organ

52 key Arthur Bursens street organ Sold

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73-key J. Verbeeck (Antwerp) organ

73-key J. Verbeeck (Antwerp) organ - acpilmer.com

This is an impressive modern organ with 14 automatic registers and three animated figures. In good playing order, there is a large repertoire of popular music by several well-known arrangers. Wind is supplied by a centrifugal blower and there is the usual percussion. Some of the music is on separate books, but there are also a number of large, endless music hoppers permitting a continuous performance without an operator. The organ is built into a special display vehicle but the organ can be purchased without this vehicle if required.

73-key J. Verbeeck (Antwerp) organ - acpilmer.comThe registers include: bourdon, violin, undamaris, piston, flute harmonique, 2-rank mixture, glockenspiel, tremulant, céleste, cello, saxophone, cello grave, trumpet and trombone. The scale offers greater possibilities due to the inclusion of a 12-note counter-melody division.

This organ is in good order and is ready to be put to work. It is ideal for exhibition at rallies and shows or for commercial use in an amusement park or similar.

We will be pleased to provide additional information to prospective purchasers on request. See this organ at Littleboy’s.

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Playing The Continental


Playing New York, New York


Trueman 20-keyless street organ with pipes
Trueman 20-keyless street organ with reeds (accordion sound)

Trueman 20 keyless organ with pipes - acpilmer.comThese two organs, made by Peter Trueman of Derby, have been in store for some time and neither play. Between the two instruments is a large quantity of 20-keyless music books from a variety of suppliers. We recommend them to an entry-level enthusiast who wishes to work on them, thereby obtaining an organ at a very keen price. Contact us now to arrange an appointment to view, or drop us a line for more information.

 

 


Parts for a New Large Organ

Here is an opportunity to begin a large, brand-new mechanical organ!

We have for sale a very solidly constructed organ case, veneered inside and out, with traditional-style removable and sliding back panels at the rear, together with four side cases, painted inside and out.

Also available is a brand new set of triple-acting bellows and reservoir of large proportions, suitable for blowing a very large instrument, complete with newly-fabricated crankshaft. This assembly is fully finished and professionally leathered, but is as yet without springs.

A complete but unfinished new keyframe of 112 keys is also available.

All of these items have been made to a high standard by a well-known and respected organ firm.

These parts would form the basis of an impressive new concert organ or large fairground organ. You could do this work yourself, or we would be pleased to discuss building a new organ to your requirements.

Further details, dimensions, etc. furnished on request to serious enquirers..


92-key CAFÉ ORGAN

92-key Cafe Organ - acpilmer.com

This organ was built in the 1950s as a “half-electronic” organ; the bass and accompaniment notes were furnished by real organ pipes, but the melody and counter-melody divisions of the scale were created by an early electronic instrument which was the forerunner of the later synthesizers. These new sounds gave café organs a new lease of life, as these same new electronic tones could regularly be heard in contemporary pop tunes.

This particular organ was used commercially into the 1970s and was later modernised and converted to the Gebr. Decap scale, to take advantage of Albert Decap’s excellent arrangements.

92 Mortier in the workshop - acpilmer.comIt came to England in the late 1970s and had several owners. Sadly the intervening years have not been kind to the instrument and it is therefore our intention to rebuild it as a full-pipe organ on the 92 key Gebr. Decap scale, retaining as many of the existing parts as possible. The large, illuminated façade will be repaired and redecorated in authentic style, with airbrush detailing. At present the organ has a single Frontalini accordion, one of our personal favourite makes, but at this stage it would be possible to enlarge to two accordions if required.

92-key all-pipe café organs are today hard to find and are much sought after, so this is your chance to obtain such an organ, customised to your own requirements. We recommend you contact us soon for further details. This instrument will be suitable for private or commercial use.

[We apologise for the poor quality of these photographs – the organ is currently dismantled, so it is not possible to take new ones.]


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.


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.


52 key STREET ORGAN

Ask for further details.

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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.

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Large quantity of used 46 / 48 KEYLESS music books – Almost sold out – last few titles available

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 – SOLD

made by the Berni Organ Company of New York.


A large quantity of used 65 key GAVIOLI music books – SOLD

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


IMHOF & MUKLE MUSIC ROLLS

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.


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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