This instrument was built in Waldkirch in 1927 and is a fine example of a small German fair organ with a big heart. It is in excellent condition and is regularly maintained and tuned by us – a few years ago we also completely restored and re-decorated the façade. It comes with 14 boxes of cardboard music (each one is nominally 100m length) plus a number of individual books. The repertory encompasses many different types of music and includes outstanding arrangements by Carl Frei, Gustav Bruder and others.
The scale of this organ has 8 bass notes (plus 5 trombones on separate register control); 11 accompaniment notes (strengthened by trumpets under register control) and 22 melody notes. The melody division has three ranks of violins in constant play, and adds two further ranks to these, an octave and super octave under register control. There is also a snare drum and a bass drum and cymbal. This is nominally the same scale as 52 key Limonaire, a firm with which Alfred Bruder’s father, Richard, had close connections as Director of their branch in Waldkirch. This excellent scale makes 46 keyless Alfred Bruder organs one of the most versatile small German fair organ types in existence and as such are able to play with great conviction, without the need to make obvious compromises due to missing semitones in the scale or limited bass notes, as is very often the case with small German fair organs.
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