Estey numbered each reed
organ as it was shipped out, and by the time the company closed
in the late 1950's they had built over 521,000. Some serial number
dates are known for certain. For example, Organ No. 8,700 was shipped
in May of 1864; No. 100,000 was built in 1880; No. 250,000 in 1892;
No. 350,000 in 1905; and No. 500,000 in 1951.
The Estey Virtuoso Organs had special serial numbers, and a few
organs have been identified with lower serial numbers than dates
of manufacture, perhaps indicating that they were not made consecutively.
To Find Serial Numbers In Estey Reed Organs
You should find a number
on a paper label. Occassionally there is no number. If you have
no number, please feel free to contact
us for additional information. Please note: we do not
offer appraisals or determine values of organs. We do not do repairs,
either. Check our Links page for
If you do find a serial
number, you can use the Estey Organ Date Estimator
to get an approximate date range. This is just an estimate, but
will give you a good idea of when your Estey was built.
Contact a professional appraiser if
accuracy is essential.
Estey created a line of
small, fully-functional reed organs for children. Here is an article
about the Children’s Organs
of Estey Organ Company, by Valerie Abrahamsen, ThD.
Pipe organs took longer
to build and created a greater amount of paperwork. The Estey Organ
Museum has records on most pipe organs built and shipped. Pipe organs
are identified by Opus Number.
Love your Estey? Already a member
of the Estey Organ Museum? You may enjoy a membership in the Reed
Organ Society. The ROS Quarterly is an excellent publication
dealing with reed organs, restorations, and more. You may also be
interested in a membership in the Organ Historical Society if pipe
organs are your fancy.
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