The Reed Organ: How to Give It the Proper Care: Simple Complaints and Easy Remedies: With Full Explanation of the Value of the Stops, and Directions for Their Proper Use (Classic Reprint)
In point of mechanical construction the Reed Organ is of a very simple character, and so perfect is the material, workmanship and construction in the Beckwith, that if it receives fair treatment at the hands of the owner it will remain perfect in action and musical quality during the entire life of the guarantee and even longer. If, however, it is neglected, if it is allowed to absorb dampness and dust, or should it become the home of moths or mice, it will in time become unfit for use.
Should the organ become disabled on account of any of the above mentioned causes, it would be manifestly unfair to expect the manufacturer to make good any repairs made necessary through such mistreatment, under the provisions of his guarantee, and no manufacturer would agree to do so.
The Beckwith Organ represents skilled workmanship of the highest character, and the very best material that can be obtained is used in its making. The Beckwith Organ Company's factory is the best, finest equipped, and largest exclusive organ factory in the world, and while every possible precaution and care is taken, it will sometimes happen that some part of the organ may not act with the same promptness that it should. This is especially true when it is first unloaded from the car. A key may stick, a note may sound after the key has been pressed and released. ,It may produce an unpleasant, jarring sound, or it may not sound at all, or other seeming defect may manifest itself, which is not a defect in any sense of the word, but which if only understood could be readily adjusted. Any organ, no matter what the name or make, will show the same results under the same conditions, and should you buy an organ from us, or from anyone else, and have any complaint of any nature to make, first turn to the pages in this book, where you will find all possible complaints very carefully explained, as well as an easy and simple remedy.
Remember that all Reed Organs are made largely of wood. It is well to bear in mind the fact that moisture is one of the chief enemies of an organ, and that it is the tendency of all wood, and especially of well seasoned wood, to swell in damp weather, and to shrink in dry weather, when the moisture has entirely evaporated.
Practically all the trouble that can possibly come to an organ can be directly traced to dirt or dampness. These are natural conditions, against which the manufacturer is powerless, and the manufacturer's guarantee against defect is not a guarantee that the material in an organ will not obey ordinary natural laws. It would be unfair to expect the guarantee to mean that the metal parts, would not rust when exposed to moisture, and that the thoroughly kiln dried wood from which it is made would not swell when exposed in the same way. No organ maker can prevent the metal parts of an organ from rusting when exposed to moisture, or the kiln dried wood from swelling under certain conditions, just as it will shrink in dry weather, and nothing on earth can prevent it. It is just as reasonable to expect water to run up hill as to expect that the wood and metal in an organ will not show the natural results of natural causes.
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