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    Question Karn Serial Number Confused

    Taking the back off the serial number is 57453 FOR SURE and the Model appears to be B32 (maybe)
    How old is this?

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    Have you gone to the Reed Organ Society website and searched "ROS database" and "Gellerman database" for Karn? You may find your model there by name or photo and find a date. I was lucky and found the bill of sale inside my Kimball.

    http://www.reedsoc.org/
    -- I'm Lamar - 1967 Allen TC-4 Project (forum thread)
    -- Rodgers W5000C and Hauptwerk - Conn 643 Theater - Hammond M3 and E-112
    -- Roland RD300nx stage piano - 1899 Kimball reed organ (forum thread)
    -- Public domain hymn search: https://songselect.ccli.com/search/r...t=publicdomain

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    Joined the Sociey and searched. More Confused than ever. The BEST guess so far is 1909 and one of the last since I do have the D.W. Karn and co. on mine. Will be taking it apart SOON I have found the screws That APPEAR to hold the keys and such to the case, (4) with washers two on each side and (4) into a wood block again 2 on each side. I am going to remove the screws under the keyboard Fania and the access cover to disconnect the bellows from the pedals, Neat trick using a nail to adjust the tension.
    Karn 5.jpg

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    Looks like one of your feeder straps may be an automotive seat belt. We need a Karn owner to weigh in before you get too enthused.
    -- I'm Lamar - 1967 Allen TC-4 Project (forum thread)
    -- Rodgers W5000C and Hauptwerk - Conn 643 Theater - Hammond M3 and E-112
    -- Roland RD300nx stage piano - 1899 Kimball reed organ (forum thread)
    -- Public domain hymn search: https://songselect.ccli.com/search/r...t=publicdomain

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    Yes it is an old Army Belt, the other was the original jute that broke, I have teh correct material now.
    I found from more research that this is a Style "B". Serial number INSIDE matches the back panel stencil number.
    See you are in Georgia, the Organ is in Edgefield S.C. out on the "FARM"

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