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Restoration of the Emmett 89-keyless Gavioli

This article is a full account of the restoration of a well-known fairground organ, which came to this country from a Norwegian showman. It's known as the Lunds Tivoliorkester Gavioli, although that name has now been painted over by the name of its present owners, Keith Emmett & Sons. I took on the task (formerly as Page & Howard) of looking after the maintenance of this organ since it arrived in England in 1986, and the full restoration undertaken in 2003.

The general order of work undertaken is listed below.

Dismantling
Bass pipes and chests
Reservoirs
Main chest
Riser
Reed pipes
Flue pipes
Installation of pipes
Glockenspiel
Keyframe and action relay
Drums
Final testing

This organ operates with cardboard book music, which runs through the keyframe mounted on the end of the organ. It operates on the keyless system, which means there are no keys in the keyframe - only a row of holes in a "tracker-bar" similar to a player-piano. This organ was built in Waldkirch, in the Black Forest, where "keyless" is the norm. 89 holes distribution

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