Gem Organetta with Brass Music Roll
by Brian Chesters (000731 MMD)

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Hello MMD,  I recently bought a "Gem Organetta" on eBay, not to be confused with the Gem organette or cob organ.  It arrived today.

It is a type that I have not seen before; the 14-note roll is made of sheet brass which is coiled up in a cartridge (similar in style to the later player piano, the Tel-Electric) and there does not appear to be any way to remove the roll and cartridge from the organ.

Questions: (1) Has anyone got one of these in their collection?  (2) How do you remove the roll?  It appears to have a part missing.

Similar to the Reed-Pipe Clariona, I guess there should be a reed pipe on the top.  Is this correct?

Brian Chesters
Mon, 31 Jul 2000 18:39:18 +0100

31 July 2000