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  • 1903 Story & Clark Pump Organ

    First, I want to say that reading the posts on this website is almost as entertaining and addicting as watching soap operas.

    Second, I am sadly trying to sell an organ that has been in my family a long time. I don’t know what it is worth or who would be interested but fate led me here and I am hoping someone can help.

    It is a 1903 Story & Clark double pedal pump organ. Was refurbished in August of ‘76 by my dad and uncle down in Kansas. Is now up in Union Gap, WA.

    Please help.


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    Well, unfortunately parlor organs such as these don't sell for much. It has a decent number of stops, but I see that one of the treadles has become disattached from the bellows so it is definitely in need of repair. In Cincinnati (where I live) I see similar organs in similar condition sell for $0-100. It really isn't a very desirable instrument to play and most people see them as "nice pieces of furniture." Now you might be able to get more money out of your organ, but it will be a challenge.

    Here is a similar organ for sale in IL for free.

    https://m.facebook.com/marketplace/i...Anull%7D%22%7D

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    • #3
      Hi. I own the Kimball linked below in my signature, and I paid $100 for it. It looks very good for its age. That's about the going rate for parlor organs in the Atlanta area. That's also a rather old refurbishment, but it and the records may improve the sales price. (I actually have mine hooked up to a heart-lung machine because I don't have a place to disassemble and repair it yet.)
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Silken Path View Post
        Hi. I own the Kimball linked below in my signature, and I paid $100 for it. It looks very good for its age. That's about the going rate for parlor organs in the Atlanta area. That's also a rather old refurbishment, but it and the records may improve the sales price. (I actually have mine hooked up to a heart-lung machine because I don't have a place to disassemble and repair it yet.)
        Sounds about right, I payed $125 for my Beatty. But I also got my Beckwith for free. Most people think they’re worth a lot, I see them get listed for $750+ in Atlanta all the time and they don’t sell. Unless it’s exceptionally rare and in decent shape, $100ish is about the best you can do. There’s just not a big market for them.

        And Silken, feel free to send me a message if you need a hand with that Kimball. Madison isn’t overly far from here.

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        • Silken Path
          Silken Path commented
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          Thank you much, but the Kimball is doing fine now. I picked it up in Kennesaw.

      • #5
        Thank you for the information. I have seen things like this listed for thousands and never sell, but I want my dad to have what he can out of it. He used to play music on it when I was little and me and my 5 siblings would sing with him. Eventually someones friend thought they were funny and broke it then it just became a conversation piece.

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