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94/244/1 Reed organ (1), portable, wood/metal, Yamaha/Nippon Gakki Co, Japan, c.1905. Click to enlarge.

Reed organ by Yamaha and Nippon Gakki Co

Designed
Reed organ (1), portable, wood/metal, Yamaha/Nippon Gakki Co, Japan, c.1905.

Portable reed organ. Compass 3 octaves and 2 semitones (F-g2). Naturals keys wooden with white non-ivory covers and red painted or lacquered fronts; accidentals keys of black lacquered wood. Black lacquered nameboard has gold painted lettering: "YAMAHA ORGAN HAMAMATSU Made in Japan" and 15 painted medallions. No serial number visible. Polished red-brown wooden case rests on hinged folding wooden stand of similar …

Summary

Object No.

94/244/1

Object Statement

Reed organ (1), portable, wood/metal, Yamaha/Nippon Gakki Co, Japan, c.1905

Physical Description

Reed organ (1), portable, wood/metal, Yamaha/Nippon Gakki Co, Japan, c.1905.

Portable reed organ. Compass 3 octaves and 2 semitones (F-g2). Naturals keys wooden with white non-ivory covers and red painted or lacquered fronts; accidentals keys of black lacquered wood. Black lacquered nameboard has gold painted lettering: "YAMAHA ORGAN HAMAMATSU Made in Japan" and 15 painted medallions. No serial number visible. Polished red-brown wooden case rests on hinged folding wooden stand of similar finish. Case contains bellows, reeds, keyboard, etc. Top of case made up of two hinged sections. Rear section is screwed down; front section opens to reveal keyboard, collapsible music stand, nameboard. One wooden knee control (probably swell) attached to front of case. Wooden carrying handle on each end of case. Beneath case are visible the bottom of the two bellows, attached to pedals by vertical metal rods. Pedals covered in linoleum (quite worn) with geometric pattern. Sides, front and back of case and sides of stand ornamented with stencilled gold painted design of stylised floral and geometric shapes.

Marks

In gold paint on black lacquered nameboard above keyboard:YAMAHA ORGAN HAMAMATSU

Dimensions

Height

810 mm

Width

730 mm

Depth

390 mm

Production

Notes

Designed and made by Yamaha (Nippon Gakki Co Ltd), Hamamatsu, Japan, c. 1909. Yamaha is the brand name of musical instruments, sound eqipment, motorcycles, sports articles etc., manufactured by Nippon Gakki, Hamamatsu, Japan. Company was originally known as Yamaha Organ Manufacturing Company, and was formed in 1887.

Nameboard has a medallion dated 1904.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Yamaha Music Australia, 1994

Acquisition Date

11 November 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Reed organ by Yamaha and Nippon Gakki Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/141053>

Wikipedia

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