You are invited to register the information about your Packard organ as it will add to our base of knowledge on this important organ manufacturer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will also give us a clearer picture as to how many of these instruments have survived. I will do my best to answer any questions that you may have.

Please submit as much of the following information as is available and you are willing to share. Photographs are also welcome, as they will assist in identifying and dating your Packard. Submit all information and questions to packardorgan@hotmail.com .

1. Contact information: Name, State/Province, Country

2. Reed cell board serial number: If you open the back access door of the organ and look inside, there is a large number that is stamped on the flat surface, usually in front of the fan-like tremolo (if the tremolo is present). It will not be as large as the case/warranty serial number.

3. Case/warranty serial number: Prior to c. 1887, the organ serial number was printed on a warranty certificate and pasted usually on the back of the organ, sometimes inside.. Following 1887, the warranty was fastened inside the organ. Beginning c. 1890, warranty serial number--besides being on the certificate--was also stamped into the wood on the back of the case. This is usually found above the access door. Although it is stamped into the back of the case, even on chapel organs, it may be very hard to find as they blended it in well with the finish.

4.  Date of manufacture (month, day, and year if known)

5. Stop list (pull knobs) left to right: Place an "X" for missing or unknown stops.

6. Please describe as much of the history of the organ as is known.

 

You are also invited to go to www.reedsoc.org and click on "Database" to register your organ with the Reed Organ Society, an international organization dedicated to "the appreciation, study, collection, restoration and preservation of reed organs."