Therese Härtel donated the organ to our museum, and she remembers:
"I can only say so much about history that we got the organ as a gift from a saddler from Dallgow at the beginning of the millennia - 2002/2003. He had bought it for his wife at the time. However, the organ was hardly ever used.
We then used them for practicing in winter or "in between". Later, when I decided to study again, I always practiced in the morning after I had breastfed my youngest son, from around five to seven. That would never have worked if I had to go to church for it, because babies have their own little rhythm and I always had to stay close. In this respect, I can be happy that I had the opportunity to practice at home at the time, otherwise my studies would probably have turned out to be nothing.
A friend of mine who is a hobbyist and is familiar with this type of technology helped me to repair the organ twice and also installed the volume control on the occasion. However, at some point I lost the desire to take care of myself again and again, as the intervals between the background noises that occurred during the game became increasingly smaller.
And so we decided to buy a more or less modern and also a little smaller and lighter organ."
This organ belonged to a professional organist and was offered for takeover after a long period of oblivion.
After a global inventory and partial restoration, the Dereux plays. You can hear some samples in the video below. There is still work to do: a correct high-voltage supply and control of all high-ohmic resistances. And get rid of the noises, especially an annoying 50 Hz hum ... that has been created ...
An extensive restoration will follow.
to be continued