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Brattleboro, Vkrmont. 

Giving a Brief Account of the most extensive Cottage Organ Establishment in 

the World; together with a Description of the different Styles 

of Organs manufactured, their Peculiarities 

and Patented Improvements. 

TnK Writtkn STArKMP:N is 111- Cki.kbkaikh Musicians, Okgamsis, and Critics, who have Examined 


Received from Purchasers and Users. 

Established 1846. 


L. H. Bic;i,ci\v& r.!., Prinikrs and Staiionkrs, No. 13 William Stref.t. 

JC5Er" We have not been accustomed to secure the Designs of our Cases by Patent, 

but tn. order to preserve to ourselves the benefit of our labors, 

we have Patei/ted all the Designs here represented. 


''I^HE year 1846 witnessed in BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, the cstablishmeiu 
1 of tlie manufacture of Reed Musical Instruments. Although humble in the 
beginning, the work has grown from year to year, until the firm of J. ESTEY & CO. 
have become the most extensive manufacturers of Cottagk Organs in the world. 

Mr. Jacob Estey, the senior member of the firm, has been connected with the 
business for more than a quarter of a century, and under his watchful care it has assumed 
gigantic proportions. Mr. Levi K. Fuller has been with this establishment for thirteen 
years, and has planned and developed the most ctjmplete system of Reed Organ manu- 
facture extant. Scientific men, and manufacturers from nil parts of the world, have 
visited the ESTEY ORGAN WORKS, and declare them unsurpassed for perfectness 
of system and detail of arrangements. Mr. Julius J. Estey, son of the senior member, 
and brought up in the business, inherits the genius of his father, and has had a large 
share in the responsibility and labor of bringing the business up to its present 

The manufacturers invite a careful examination of the following pages, which 
contain a description of their works, the improvements they have made and now use 
in their Instruments, and ;i full de.scriptiou and engravings of the prominent styles of 
Organs manufactured by them. 

Their Organs have been sold not by extensive advertising and puffing, hut by the 
real merits of the Instruments themselves. Wherever they have been introduced they 
have won their way into the admiration and confidence of the people; and this is not 
mere chance, but comes as the inevitable consequence of skill, high attainment, and 
unremitting application and labor. From the first the manufacturers have employed 
the finest mechanicians and inventors of the age. The leading improvements now in 
V(jgue in Reed Organs were perfected and brought out in this establishment. Their 
Instruments now stand unrivalled by anything found in this country or Europe. 

Thanking their friends for their continued favors, they invite the severe scrutiny 
and candid criticism of all, feeling confident that the more searching the test, the 
greater will be the triumph for 




THAT we have invented and adopted more valuable improvements in Reed Instru- 
ments than any other house m the world, is evidenced by the fact, that other 
prominent establishments after vainly ei'.deavoring to depreciate, have been driven to the 
scarceh more Jionorable course of imitating them, and we liave been obliged on several oc- 
casions to call t(j our aid the law to protect our rights. But let it be well understood, 
that the credit for originaluy and superior excellence belongs to THE ESTEY 
ORGAN, and purchasers shf)uld beware of dealers who offer inferior instruments, 
possessing cjnly some of the general features of the original and genuine ESTEY In- 


The Public may upon the fact, i hat as fast as keal Improvements can ke 


Among the many improvements, we would call attention to 

The Patent Vox Humana. 

This wonderful invention was perfected ami 
brouglu out in the ESTEY ORGANS in 1865. It 
consists of a revolving fan placed just iiack of the 
Reeds, which, when set in motion, imparts to ilii' tone 
A charming, wave-like effect liitherlo unlcnown in in- 
strumental music. The control of this great dis- 
cover)' was at once secured by Letters Patent, and 
after years of trial, the largely increasing demand for 
't attests the value of the invention and its apprecia- 
tion by the public. Since its introduction by us, and 
its great success, other manufacturers have intro- 
duced various inventions, aiming to accomplisli tlie 
same result by different means calling theirs by the 
same or similar names ; they are. however, that old 
and dilapidated idea — the 'Valve," "Clapper," or 
"Cut-off' Tremulant, and are little better than 
failures; and purchasers are cautioned against re- 
ceiving the statements of mterested parties wlio re- 
present their so-called Tremolos, as the same or 
nearly the same m effect as ours. 

After \'ainl\' endea\'oring to decr^• this great im- 
provement, a certain firm has been compelled to 
adopt It, paying a liberal royalty for the same, and 
are now advertising it as iheir new improved I'ox 
Humaua, pate-nted liy ibem. U is the old story of ihe 

cautious (?) man, wailing for liolder men to venture 
and .achieve success, and then come in to share the 
fruits ; in this case the fruit has Ki be well paid for. 

Purchasers of Organs will do well to ascertaia 
whether they are licensed under the original Patent 
of June 27th, 1865, re-issued October 5. i36g, before 
they invest their money in this improvement. 

Our Vox Humana entirely chiinges the reed-tone, 
giving it the sympathetic sweetness of the lUMAN 
voicK ; its gentle, wave-like tones vibrate so melodi- 
ous and pure that it never fails to enchant the ap- 
preciative listener ; ill fact it IS the KiKsr AND ONLY 


The LisK ok thk Vox Ht'MANA. — The finest 
effects of the Ttemolo are produced in using it as a 
a Solo Stop. On all SiN(;i.i. Hank Orca.ns it should 
lie used with the Diapason Stop ; though in Organs 
lliat liave llie Harmotiii .1 l/air/imeiil ax I'ox Jubilante 
Stop, a fine effect is produced by using that in connec- 
tion with the Diapason. On Double Bank Organs 
the taste and skill of the performer will lead him to 
produce beautiful effects. In fact so many beautiful 
combinations can be made that the most ordinary 
player cannot fail to be enchanted by the effects. 



*atent Vox Jubilante 

Is a new and beautiful stop, peculiar to the Estey 
Organs. The character ot the tone is marked and 
wonderfully effective, giving a style of music hitherto 
unattaincd in instruments of this class. This is ac- 
complished by an extra set of reeds, ingeniously ar- 
ranged and peculiarly tuned, the patent for which 
Messrs. Estey & Co. have owned for a long time, 
and not until after long and careful experiment 
were they adjusted to meet this special and hitherto 
unsupplied want. It is considered by competent 

judges a great success, and is destined to create 
a great revolution in the manufacture of Reed 

With this attachment on an ESTEY ORGAN, the 
most thrilling effects can be produced, the listener 
can hear the sweet Diapason in the distance, increas- 
ing in beauty and grandeur, until mingling witb the 
royal tones of the Jubilante, like a full band, it 
breaks upon the ear, charming and delighting be- 
yond our abilit-\' to express. 

The Patent Harmonic Attachment 

Is an octave coupler used on a single manual, and i reeds is instantly made equivalent to one of four; 

doubles the power of the instrument without increas- i and a tri-reed equals an instrument of six sets of 

in;; its size or number of reeds Thus, by the use of [ reeds, making the most powerful instrument of its 

lliis improvement, an Organ containing two -sets of [ size yet known in this country. 

The Patent Manual Sub-bass 

Brings into use an independent set of large and 
powerful SUB-BASS REEDS, which are played with the 
ordinary keys and controlled by a stop. The man- 
ner in which this set of reeds is placed upon tl c air- 
chamber increases the volume of tone at least one- 

tliird. This new and valuable invention requires no 
extra room, and has all the effect of pedal bass, and 
can be used by any ordinary performer. The inven- 
tion is covered by thicc patents. 

The Patent Knee-Sv/ell, 

Whereby the player has a complete control over the | ftidi\ more beautiful tlian the autoa.atic swell, or any 
instrument, obtaining a perfect crcscctulo or Jitninti- I other ever before used. 

The Patent Organ BelloAvs 

Greatly enhances the power and quality of the tone without increasing the size uf the case. 

The Patent Reed Board, 

Whereby the tone is greatly improved, and rendered | in the market. This important improvement is 
more like a Pipe Organ than by any other instrument | covered by two patents. 

The Patent Violetta, 

A soft Solo stop of great beauty, and very desirable where a softer tone is required than is produced by the 

ordinal y ptops. 


Improved Tone. 

The days of the old fashioned Melodeon have 
passed. The great improvements in modern Reed 
Organs liave brought them to the front rank of musi- 
cal instruments. No matter how good a case it ma}- 
have, how costly or stylish its apparel, unless the 
tone of the instrument be pure, sweet and musical, 
beyond the t-uiang usually found in reeds, it is little 
else'than a failure. As regards quality of tone, the 
EsTEY Ow.AN stands pre-eminently above every 
other. Its sweetness, purity and pipe-like quality are 
the wonder of all who hear it. Round and full, with- 
out sacritice of power, and capable of the nio- 1 deli- 
cate articulations — breathing forth the soft tones of 
the Dulciana, it can also produce the deep and 
thrilling tones of the Pipe Organ. The question is 
often asked, " How do )'ou produce such tones? Why 
I never heard any thing to equal it !" Our answer is, 
a great many things go to make up this quality of 
tone. In the first place we have two patents cover- 
ing the method in which our reed boards are con- 
structed, and these improvements are not found else- 
where. The Reeds have no small part to play in 
giving us these beautiful tones. It would be per- 
fectly ridiculous for a person with a husky, cracked 
and ugly voice to attempt to imitate a Prima Donna, 
or for an untutored and harsh voice to appear as 

pAKi.i.A or NiLssoN. There is as wide a difference in 
reeds as in voices. Our reeds are the fruit of long and 
patient study. The stock is of a fine and peculiar tex- 
ture, melted and rolled especially for our use. The 
most costly and exact machinery known to modern 
times is used by us. After the reeds are fashioned by 
machinery as far as it is possible so to do, skillful 
hands manipulate them in the most delicate and exqui- 
site manner. Some of our workmen have been with 
us from the start. Our leading tuners have spent their 
whole lives in this particular branch, and although we 
do not claim for them, or for ourselves, the discover)- 
of Rf.eds, the Electric Telegraph or the Steam 
Engine, we do claim that our method of manufacture, 
our skill and experience enable us to fashion our 
reeds and produce a tone which others have in vain 
attempted to imitate. In relation to our machinery 
for doing the above work, we have one word more to 
say. It is well known that we ha^e the finest in the 
world, and "thers have often applied to us for copies 
or drawings of it. As we have spent many thousands 
of dollars in perfecting it, we have declined all such 
invitations. And yet, one of the leading city manufac- 
turers during the past year has kept an agent in town 
for weeks at a time vainly attempting to bribe our 
wcjrkmcn, and get a knowledge of it. 


The American public demand in all those things 
which are manufactured for their convenience and 
comfort, that there should be a proper display of use- 
ful and beautiful ornamentation. In fact, no more 
annoying problem is presented to artisans and manu- 
facturers than how to gratify this demand. 

The days of plain and severe style of cabinet work 
have passed. Modern skill and machinery have en- 

abled us to thoroughly satisfy the refined taste of the 
people, and at a moderate cost. We have the grati- 
fication of presenting to the public new styles of 
Organ Cases, which for chasteness of design, elabor- 
ate embellishment and beaut)' of finish, have never 
been excelled or equalled — styles which will prove 
an approprii'.lc addition to the architecture of any 
church, or the furnishing of the most elegant parlor. 


The materral used in the construction of the Estev I purpose. When thus prepared, it is proof against 

Organs is tested in the most thorough manner ; climatic changes, and assists materially in giving tone 

known to modern science. The most scrupulous and excellence to the instrument. In faci, nothing 

care is taken in every 'stage of the worJc. The lum- but the most carefully selected material, and that 

ber is first exposed to the open air for a given period, i which has been proven to be the very best, is allowed 

that nature may do her own seasoning, after which it I to enter into the construction of any of the parts of 

runs the gauntlet of kilns built especially for this I the EsTEY Organs. 



Many firms are advertising a reduction of prices, 
and it ticliooves the public to examine carefully what 
they buy. There has been no real reduction of 
prices, and cannot be so long as labor and material 
are so high. To be sure, some articles are cheaper, 
but oti.ers have increased in value. Nevertheless, a 
CHEAPER class of instruments has been introduced, 
made of what would be refuse material in the manu- 
facture of first-class Organs, and these are sold cheap, 

the better class of goods remaining the same. We 
have seen the reputation of too many firms shaken 
or ruined by putting upon the market goods of an 
inferior grade, and we will not risk ours by palming 
ofTupon the public, goods which are cheap, trashy or 
second class. Our success has been achieved by giv- 
ing the public nothing but a first-class article, and 
for such we believe they are still willing to pay. 

What to Buy. 

In looking over the list of Organs now before the 
public, purchasers are sometimes bewildered to 
know whose make to select, and still more, the par- 
ticular style of instrument it is best to procure. For 
this reason wc have attempted to set forth in as full 
and clear a manner as possible, the peculiarities and 
distinctive qualities of the EsTEY Organs. 

Tastes differ so much, circumstances are so varied, 
places for and the surroundings of instruments so 
dissimilar, that it is impossible to give any general 
rule for buying an Organ. But there are some 
HINTS which will be found useful to all intending 
to purchase. In the first place, the purchaser must 
be assured that he is getting a good article, thoroughly 
made, that will stand the test of climate for years, 
and will not easily get out of O-der. 

In fact, the public now demand that there shall be 
a good icpiitation back of their purchase — the mere 
getting of an instrument througli the terms of warranty 
will not do. 

The CASE must be well made, of good proportion, 
and with a degree of elegance commensurate with 
the price. The bellows, being of vital importance, 
must be of sufficient capacity to sustain a strong and 
steady tone. The keeds must l)e of an excellence 
that will produce round, full and pipe-like tones, en- 
tirely musical, of which the ear does not .ire. They 
must not be Iwangy nor reedy, but pure and sweet, 
and of sufficient power to meet their requirements. 

All of these qualities are obtained in the 

Estey Organs. To en:inle those who mav not be 
able to examine Organs before ordering, we make a 
few explanations in regard to the different styles. 

Those who do not care so much for power, but 
want a beautiful, soft tone, with some variety, Nos. 
6, 8 and g are very desirable and popular 

No. II is the " Gem of the Parlor," being mode- 
rate in price and of sufficient power for the parlor, 
and of great variety and sweetness of tone. 

No. 14 is the sample instrument. It has all the 
improvements. Its variety is almost endless. It has 
the power of about six sets of reeds and combines 
ever)' quality produced in the styles described ; and 
we challenge the world to produce any Reed Organ 
of its size and price that will liear a favorable com- 
parison with it. 

In our HouDiiiR Organ, No. 34, will be found 
more elegance than in any other instrument in the 
market. It is beautifully finished, and designed for 
the most elegant parlor or drawing room. 

Churches must be governed by the size of their 
audience room, position of the Organ, and their cir- 
cumstances ; but to those who can afford them, we 
recommend strongly the larger instruments. They 
have greater depth of tone, power sufficient for most 
of our Church edifices, and are more desirable than 
Pipe Organs costing less than $2,000. 

For further particulars in regard to Organs with 
Gilt Pipe Tops, and full description of other styles, 
we refer the enquirer to the following pages. 


The engraving shown on the opposite page represents a class of Organs 
possessing the charajteristics for which the Estev has been so long known, 
but having a plainer and less costh' case than has. been heretofore shown in 
our Illustrated Catalogue. It will be found to meet the wants of a large 
class, as the price has been h.xed within the reach of all. 

Contains two full Sets ol Rccds and improved Tremolo. The case is of soliil Black 
Walnut, Oil Finisii. It has Double Bellows, with two Blow-Pedals, Knee-Swell, Patent 
Reed Board — in fact, has all the essentials of a perfect Organ, and \s fully warranted. 
Six Stops : 

Melodia, Viola, Diapason, Flute, Tremolo, Forte. 

This Instrument has Seven Stops, similar to those in Xo. .\. but rontains in addi- 
tion, a heavy Manual Sub-Bass, covered In- three patents. 

Melodia, Viola, Diapason, F'lute, Tremolo, Forte, Sub-Bass. 

All the Cases described on this page are the same in size and construction. 


Five Octave Organ. 

Length, 3 ft. g m. ; Dilptii, i ft. 11 m. ; Height, 3 ft. 2>< in. 

No. 4, 

Price, $160 I No. 5, Price, $185 


The styles of Organs described on this page have Cases alike ; they are 
the finest in appearance of anv instruments in the market of their size and 
cost, the difference in them being in the number and kind of Stops, or the 
action controlled by them. When we put a Stop into an Organ, it adds to 
its value; in no case do we put them in to fill up or to make a show. 

TVo. O. 

This style contains One and three-fifths Sets cjf Reeds (including Vox Jueilante) 
and Vox Humana. The Key-board is of five octaves compass. . Case — Solid Walnut, 
Oil Finish. Five Stops: 

Melodia, Diapason, Vox Jubilante, Vox Humana, Forte. 

TVo. H. 

Contains Two full Sets of Reeds and V'ox Humana. The Key-board has a com- 
pass of five octaves. Six Stops ; 

Melodia, Viola, Diapason, Vox Jubilante, Vox Humana, Forte. 

TVo. S>. 

Contains Two and three-fifths Sets of Reeds, includinLC Vox Jubilant?.. The 
Key-board is of five octaves compass. Six Stops: 

Melodia, Viola, Diapason, Flute, Vox Jubilante, Forte. 

TVo. 11. 

Contains Three full Sets of Reeds (including Vox Jubilante and Violetta) and 
also Vox Hu.MANA. Tliis Instrument contains all that is found in those mentioned 
above, with tlie soft Solo Stop Violetta, and is the "Gem of the Parlor." The price 
is moderate, tone sweet, with power and volume sufficient for the parlor, and of great 
variety. Eight Stops: 
Melodia, Viola, Diapason, Flute, Vox Jubilante, Violetta, Vox Humana, Forte. 

TVo. 13. 

This style is designed expressly for use in Churclies. It embraces all the features 
above mentioned (except Vox Humana and Violetta) with addition of Harmonic and 
Sub-Bass. Two and three-fifth sets of Reeds. Eight Stops ; 
Viola, Flute, Melodia, Diapason, Vox Jubilante, Harmonic, Sub-Bass, Forte. 

.\11 Organs described on this page contain our improved KnecSzvell, 
Reed-Board and BcUoivs, with Doiible Blow-Pedals. 


Five Octave Cottage Organ. 

Length, 3 it. it in.; Dei'TH, 2 It. 3 in.; Height, 3 ft. 8 in. 

No. 6, 
" 8, 

Price, $180 j No. 9, 
185 i " II, 

Price, $200 

" 220 

No. 12, 

Price, $250 


Contains Three- full Sets of Reeds, including Vox Jubii.ante and Violetta. It 
has also the Vox Humana, Harmonic x-\ttachment and Manual Sub-Bass. Key-board 
is of five octaves compass. Case of Solid Black Walnut, Oil Finish. This is the sample 
Instrument. It has all the improvements mentioned on page lo; its variety is almost 
endless; it has the jiower of about six sets of reeds, and comoines all qualities ot the 
styles previously described. It will be noticed that the style of this case is entirely 
new and very attractive in its appearance, and we challeng^c the world to produce 
any Reed Organ of its size and price that will bear a favorable comparison to it 'i en 
Stops : 

Melodia, Diapason, 

Viola, Flute, 

Violetta, Vox Jubilante, 

Vox Humana, Forte, 

Sub-Bass, Harmonic. 



Five Octave Cottage Organ. 

Length, 3 ft. 11 in.; Dkith. 2 It.; IIeigiii-, 3 ft. 8 in. 

No. 14, - - Price, $285 


IVo. S6. 

Contains Three full Sets of Reeds (including Vox Jubilantf. and Violf.tta) und 

Vox Humana. It differs from No. ii, the Key-board having a compass of six octaves. 
Eight Stops : 

Melodia, Diapason, 

Viola, Flute, 

Violetta, Vox Jubilante, 

Vox Humana, Forte. 

Contains Three full Sets of Reeds, including Vox Jubilantf, and Violf.tta. It 
has also the Vox Humana, Harmonic Attachmeni' and Manual Sub-Bass. The 
musical combinations nf this Instrument difler from \o. 14 in having a Key-board 
of six octaves compass. All the improvements mentioned as attached to the five 
octave Organs are combined in these. Although the greater jjart of music is now 
written for five octave Instruments, tliere are a few who want a six octave Organ. 
From our great experience in Organ making, we have selected the combinations con- 
tained in these two styles as the best suited to their wants. Ten Stops : 

Melodia, Diapason, 

Viola, Flute, 

Violetta, Vox Jubilante, 

Vox Humana, Forte, 

Sub-Bass, Harmonic. 

Extra Styles will be made only to order. 



Six Octave Cottage Organ. 

Length, 4 ft. 5 in. ; Dei'th, 2 ft. 2 in. ; Height, 3 ft. 8 in. 

No. 26, Price, $260 | No. 28, 

Price, $310 



TVo. 34. 

Our Boudoir Organ contrdns Three full Sets of Reeds, including Vox Jubilante 
and VioLETTA. It has also the Vox Humana, Harmonic .\ttachmknt and Manuai. 
Sub-Bass. Key-board of five octaves compass. Improved Knee-Swell, Reed-board 
and Bellows. We believe this to be the most complete and elegant Instrument in 
use. Tlie design is entirely new and original, and for the first time offered to the 
public. The Case is of Solid Black Walnut, with elaborate ( arvings. French and 
(jther fancv walnut being used in its ornamentation, beautifully finished in stiellar 
and oil. 

Alth(jugh the outward style uf this Case is new, the internal features of it have 
been perfected for some time. We intrcjduced in iS66 sounding cliambers in the upper 
part of an Organ, and have used them in our Boudoir Organ since. We liave added 
also such other improvements as experience has shown to be of real worth, and would 
be desirable. Ten Stops: 

Vox Humana, 



Vox Jubilante, 



There are very man\' minor thinsxs that mio;ht he spoken of in relation 
to our Organs, such as Ivory fronts to the Keys, the hest ijuaUty of Ivory 
being used by us; Keys bushed to prevent ratthng, and always preserving an 
even and delicate touch. In fact everything connected with our Organs is 
of the very best quality and workmanship 



Boudoir Organ. 

Lkngth, 4 ft. 6 in. ; Uki'TH, 2 ft. i in.; Heii;ht, 5 I'l. q in. 

No. 34, --------- . Price, $360. 


TVo. 3.^. 

This is especially designed for large Parlors, Lecture Rooms, Sunday Schools 
and Churches, beautifully finished in Black Walnut. It has a powerful Sub-Bass, with 
independent Reeds, and is the most powerful Single Bank Organ made; and '« so 
simple in its arrangement that the most ordinary player can manage it. 

Contains Three full Sets of Reeds (including Violetta and Vox Jubilante) and 
a heavy Solo Set, with Vox Humana, Harmonic Attachment and Manual Sub-Bass. 
Key-board of five octaves compass, and improved Knee-Swell. The Case is of new 
and elegant design, having handles at each end so as t<i be conveniently handled, and 
is large enough to admit of great size in tiie air chambers and bellows, thus giving 
greater power and a deptli of tone unattainable in smaller instruments. Twelve 
Stops : 

Melodia, Diapason, 

Viola, Flute, 

Violetta, Vox Jubilante, 

Sub-Bass, Clarionet, 

Vox Humana, Harmonic, 

Grand Forte, Forte. 


Harmonic Organ. 


Length, 4 ft. 6^ in. ; Depth, 2 ft. 7 in.; Height, 3 ft. gji in. 

No. 35, --------- Price, $400. 


IVo. 37. 

This Organ is designed tor Churshksj Lecture and Society Rooms, and is a great 
favorite with Organists. 

It contains Two Manuals, Sixteen Stops and Six full t,ets of Reeds, (including 
Vox JiFULANiE, the charming \'ioi,i/i'ia, the beautiful Dr.LiCANiE, and Manual Suis- 
Bass, with independent set of Reeds'), with \'ox Humana and JMan'uai, Coupler. It 
also contains our patent imjiroved Knke-Swkll, Reed-Hoakhs and Bellows, with 
double Blow Pedals. 

The Manual Sub-Bass, of the same size as Pedal Reeds, possesses more power than 
has ever before been obtained .on Manuals by any Reed Instrument maker in the world. 

The Case is made of solid Black Walnut, ot new and elegant design, finished in 
Shellac and Oil. 


Vox Humana, 



Manual Coupler. 

Grand Organ. 


Double Bank Organ. 

Length, 4 It. 7 in. ■ Dkii 11, 2 it. S m. ; lli-.tcuit, 5 It. .| in. 

No. 37, -------- Price, $600 


IXo, 39. 

This Instrument is of great variety as well as power, and is suitable for Lecture 
Rooms, Hali.s, Churches and Conservatories of Music. " 

This style contains six full sets of Reeds, including the Vox Jubilante and the 
charming ]!)elicanie, (which is a soft stop, of peculiar arrangement and construction, 
giving a very remarkable quality of tone, and adding greatly to the variet)^ and effect) 
and the beautiful Solo Stop Violetta. 

It has a full Pedal Bass of twenty-seven notes, and is very powerful. There is a 
Stop operated by the foot to couple the Pedals to Manuals. It has also a Foot-Swell, 
Knee-Swell and Double Bellows. Two Blow Pedals are used, so that the player 
can use them the same as in the ordinary Cottage Organ, if desired. There is also a 
Blow Lever to be worked by a second person, if necessary. This is controlled by a 
stop action recently patented, enabling a stead}' and constant supply of air alvv.ays to be 
maintained. We also furnish a Seat for tlie Organist. 

Case of solid Black Walnut clegantlv carved and richly finished. 


Vox Humana, 



Manual Coupler. 

Pedal Coupler. 

Knee S^vell. 

Grand Organ. 
Foot Swell. 



PedaT Organ. 

LiiNGTU, 4 ft. g in. ; Depth, 2 ft. S in. ; Hkicht, 5 ft. 10 in. Including thu Pedals in, ready for 
use, the Depth is 4 ft. 2 in. 

No. 39, 

Price, $750 



IXo. 41. 

This Organ correspunds with our No. 34 as regards the stops and attachments, but 
the Case has a beautiful 


This addition gives a grandeur and elegante not otherwise attainable, and will be 
found very desirable for those who can afford it. 



Boudoir Organ. — Pipe Organ Top. 

Length, 4 ft. 6 in. ; Depth, 2 ft. i in. ; Height, 7 ft. 7 in. 

No. 41, 

Price, $435. 


TVo. -44- 

This Organ corresponds with our No. 37 in every parliciilnr, with the addition of 
Pipe Organ Top, with richly Gilt Pipes and elegantly Carved Ornaments, and Case 
of solid Black Walnut. 



Double Bank Organ.— Pipe Organ Top. 

Lkngth, 4 fl. 7 in. ; Depth, 2 ft. 8 in. ; Height, S ft. ii in. 

No. 44, 

Price, $750 


IVo. 46. 

This Organ corresponds in every particular with our No. 39, with the addition ot 
the Pipe Organ Top, and we feel warranted in saying, that for elegant appearance, 
combined with the quality and power of its tone, it has no equal. The Pipes are 
richly gilt, the ornaments elegantly carved, and the Case of solid Black Walnut. 



Pedal Organ.— Pipe Organ Top. 

Lkngth, 4 fl. 9 in. ; Dkpi 11, 2 ft. S in. ; IIkight, y ft, 3 in. Including llie Pedals in, ready foi 
use, the Dei'TH is 4 ft. 2 in. 

No. 46, - - ^ - . _ . . Price, $900 


From F. X. KQUIRF, Director of Music St. Peter's Church, 

Reniiington, Yl. 

This js to certify that, after fifteen years' experience, I take 
pleasure m recommending the Estev Cottage Organ as by far 
the best recti instrument manufactured. 

From It. (J. WILLIAMS, rastleton, Vt. 

How di) 1 like the Organ ? It is splendid. The tones excel 
anything I remember ever to have heard. The Jubilante is a 
great trmmph One man here who heard it said "that fills my 
ear better than any piano." 1 can speak unqualifiedly Jn its 

From J. H. WILLCOX, Mu8. Dor., Organist Boston, Mass. 

During ray recent and also my first visit to Brattleboro, an 
occasion was aflforded me for examining your manufactory and 
of seeing and testmg the different varieties of your Cottage 
Organs. I am so much pleased with their quality of tone 
and excellent workmanship that I must express my admiration 
for them in something which may possibly be of more benefit 
to you than mere verbal compliments; therefore I address you 
these few Imes, which you are quite at liberty to use. 

From Prof. L. O. RMERSOX, Boston, Mass. 

It redeems reed instruments from harshness, and makes 
them more sympathetic and beautiful. Hereafter, with the ad- | 
dition of your valuable patent, I shall enjoy the music of the l 
Reed Organ. i 

From Rev. D. H. STODDARD, Piistor of the Baptist Chun-h, 
Athol, Mass. 

The Cottage Organ which 1 purchased of you a few months | 
since gives perfect satisfaction. It is a superior instrument, far ! 
exceeding our expectations. ^Ve are delighted with it. It adds 
a new charm to our happy home. For variety and delicacy of I 
tone, for sweetness and power, 1 know not its equal. I can | 
conscientiously and cordially commend it to all who desire an | 
excellent instrument. I 

From I. L. GOODHUE, Danville, Conn. 

I purchased some three years since one of Estev's Organs ' 
—style 33. I was much pleased with it at first, and the more I 1 
use It the better I like it. I would not care to exchange it for j 
an mstrument ot any other make I have ever seen. 

From WM. A. KING, Organist of the Church of the Transflp- 
uration, New York. 

Gentlemen—] have examined and tried your new Cottage 
Organ with unusual satisfaction. I think the smooth, organ-like 
tone ol the reeds vastly superior to anything of the kind I have 
ever played upon. I congratulate yoy, also, on the delicacy 
and extreme quickness of the touch, as well as the other im- 
provements. The Tremolo of your invention is, in my opinion, 
\}[iQ crowning fier/eciioH oi that mechanical stop, and gave me 
complete satisfaction ; the effect is fascinating ; I could play on 
that one stop lor hours without wearying- 

From GEO. W. MORGAN, Organist of Grace Church. \ow York, 

Gentlemen — Your new invention for the Tremolo is some- 
thing entirely new to me, and the effect produced is cer:;:inly 
the best I ever heard. It will fonn one of the most valuable 
inventions of the present day, and I shall certainly be one of 
the first to adopt it in any instrument I have 

Prom JOSIAH N. KING, Organist D. R. C., Lafayetto Place, 
New York. 

After a number of trials and a critical examination of your 
patent, I believe it to be the most perfect Tremolo eftect extant, 
far surpassing anything of the kind I ever heard. 

From CHAS. FRADEL, the eminent Pianist and Composer. 

Its beautiful effect cannot be written ; it must be heard to 
be appreciated. I am of the opinion that no person of taste 
will buy an instrument without this great improvement. 

From ALBERT WOOD, Organist, Pianist and Composer. 

Concerning our Vox Humana says: This is the most re^. 
markable musical idea ever conceived. It completely enchants 
the lover of sweet sounds, and may be justly ranked among the 
most remarkable of modern inventions. 

From Rev. JAMES GARDNER, Pastor of First Presbyterian 
Church, Canton, N. Y. 

Our Sabbath School has received its Estev Organ. It 
would puzzle me to point out a defect in it. The design and 
workmanship of the instrument are in perfect taste. It it does 
not discourse perfect music it must be the performer's fault. 
The accuracy, vigor, freedom and delicacy of all its utterances 
are exceedingly satisfactory. 

From E. L. BAKER, Teacher of Mnsic in Public Schools, Buf- 
falo, N. Y. 

Gentlemen— Having played and fully examined the ex- 
treme qualities and beauties of your Cottage Organ with the 
Vox Humana Tremolo^ I am pleased to say it is Ihe ne plus 
ultra of reed instruments. I am sure that its true merits will 
furnish you all that is satisfying in compliments and justice. 

From H. H. NEILE, Pastor Pres. Church, Fort Edward, N. Y. 

The organ which I procured from you arrived on Thursday, 
in good order. We used the instrument on the Sabbath, during 
the day, and at a Sabbath School concert in the evening. It 
gave universal satisfaction. We could not be better suited. 
The satisfaction which the instrument gives is beyond our ex- 

From Rev. W. F. BALL, Pastor M. E. Church, Potsdam Junc- 
tion, \. Y. 

I consider the Estev Organ superior as a parlor Organ to 
any that has ever come under my notice. Not affected by cold 
or heat. 



From Itev. WM. R. HELNES, Pastor M. E. Church, Colton, N.Tf . 

! lake pleasure in acknowledging the perfect satisfaction 
g.vcn to myself and family by your Organ. 1 began thmk- 
ing well of the instrument on first hearing .ts beautiful tones, 
but lamiliarity with its capacity to fill the ear and heart with 
the vaiicd tones of deepest, softest melody, to the royal ele- 
gance of the Jubilante^ as it pours forth )ts unequaled rich- 
ness, so beautifully blending with the human voice, has con- 
firmed myself, as well as all who have ever heard it, that this 
Organ has no superior and scarcely any equal. 

From WM. HENRY WHITE, UWerton, N. Y. 

With regard to your Organ, I am happy to state that it has 
realized all you promised for it. It fully comes up to our most 
sanguine expectations. It has been pronounced by those who 
have played upon it as one of the highest order. 

From H. M. WELCH, Potsdam, X. I. 

Afier carefully examining the Organs of various manufactu- 
rers, 1 have come to the conclusion that none that I have ever 
seen are equal to the Estev in construction and in in the quality 
oftonraswell as power. The one I have is remarkably free 
from the coarse, open, reedy sound that characterizes reed 
Organs generally, and more nearly approaches the full, round 
tone of the pipe Organ. All who have this express the same 

From ISAIAH SMITH, Farmer ViUage. X. Y. 

I purchased one of your Cottage Organs, and my daughter 
has used it nearly eighteen months, and it has given myself and 
family perfect satisfaction. The reeds are V(»iced so evenly that 
it is perfectly natural and easy to sing with, and we think the 
Tremolo the finest arrangement we have ever seen in an Organ. 

From RYA\ COVEIIT, Balladist, formerly of the Continental 
Vocalists, Farmer Village, N. I. 

Having used and fully examined your Organs, I am pleased 
to « rite that, in my opinion, they are the best in use. In regard 
to your Tremolo., all must admit that it stands far ahead of all 
others, and really is all that you have claimed for it. 

From A. M. SHERWOOD, Trumansburgh, X. Y. 

Eighteen months ago 1 purchased one of your Double Bank 
Reed Organs, with sub-base and Tremolo attachment, and I am 
ha]>i.v' to say we are greatly pleased with it. It is very prompt 
and brilliant in secular music, and in sacred music it has a rich- 
ness of tone and depth of harmony that-1 have never heard in 
in any other Organ. The Tremolo produces one of the most 
beautiful musical effects. 

From WILLIAM ROBJOHX, late of London, now with C. & .1. 
II. Odell, Organ Builders, Xeiv York. 

I accidentally saw one of your Organs in the St. Paul's JM. 
E. Church, Peekskill, and its appearance induced me to try it. 
1 was so much pleased with its touch and quality of tone that my 
former piejudices against such instruments completely gave 
way, and I have great pleasure in saying that they are the best 
reed instruments I have met with; the 7"rt-;«f^ iscertainly very 
ingeninus and beautiful, and well adapted to instruments of its 

From Rev. HERMAX C. RIGGS, President of X. Y. M. A. 

1 am greatly pleased with the I'ox Humana Tremolo of the 
EsTEV Cottage Organ, not only because of its novelty, but 
also and chiefly because of its perfectness. It is not merely the 
BEST that 1 have ever heard, but it is the only mechanical re- 
pioduction of the tremnio of the human voice which has ever 
satisfied me. It deserves its name, and to say this sincerely, is 
to give it its highest commendation. 

From GEORGE JARDIXE, Organ Builder, New York. 

1 recently had occasion to give my judgment, officially, on 
reed instruments, and am confirmed in the opinion then formed 
that EsTEv's CoTT.'^GE Organs are without a superior for "ex- 
ceedingly quick articulation and round tone"— the essential 
features in instruments of this class. 1 have also critically ex- 
amined the new Vox Humana Tremolo.,3ind am free to concede 
to it all the excellence claimed tor it. In fact, it is the only 
Tremolo I have ever heard that is really worthy of the name. 

From WILLIAM A. JOHXSON, Organ Builder, Westfleld, Mass. 

I am happy to express my conviction that no Tremolo has 
yet been invented that will in any degree compare with this for 
beauty of effect. In fact It seems to me to be absolutely perfect, 
leaving nothing to be desired. 

From C, B, SEYMOUR, Musical Critic of the X. Y. Times. 

An invention so simple and perfect as the I'ox Humana 
Tremolo^ must commend itself to every one's appreciation. 
That it adds to the quality, humanity, and sensibility of the tone, 
no one can for a moment deny. More than this, it gives char- 
acter to what, in inferior instruments, is seldom more than a 
level, dry monotony of scale. It is vocal, which is the highest 
praise that can be bestowed on any ' 

From JOHX FARLEY, First Tenor, Church of St. Franeis Xa- 
Tier, West Sixteenth Street, N. Y. 

By the use of your Vox Humana Tremolo., the performer 
can give expression to the softest feeling of saddened pathos, or 
the strongest emotion of intense passion. 1 would not, for my- 
self, nor would I for another, purchase an instrument without 
this great improvement. 

From WM. COATS, Raymond ville, X. Y. 

The Organ gives us perfect satisfaction, and 1 cheerfully 
recommend it to the public. 

From Rev. L. K. COYLE, Pastor Presbyterian ( hureh, Bridpe- 
ton, N. J. 

The Organ came safely to hand this morning, and was un- 
packed and placed in the Church, and as you may readily im- 
agine, I lost no time in trying it. Accordingly, I must write 
and tell you that it is all I could possibly desire., and has music 
in It as lovely as any man need wish to hear, and some effects 
which I am sure could not be produced on any Pipe Organ. I 
am truly glad the Harmonic was placed in it, for it comes fully 
up to my expectations in the way of effect. And I will take 
this opportunity of thanking you for the pains you have taken 
with this instrument. The real enjoyment it has already afforded 
me is the best proof of my thorough appreciation of it.- I cannot 
help thinking, if only some of the old masters could have had 
such an instrument in their houses how they would have ex- 
ulted in it. 1 am glad, at all events, if we of the present day 
have not their brains, we can at least have the Organs. 

From MASOXIC FRATEBMTY, Rouseville, Pa. 

The Masonic Fraternity are very much pleased with the 
Estev Organ. It has a very fine tone and finish, and gives us 
the greatest satisfaction possible. 

From Rev. J. B. SUMNER, for a number of years a successftil 
Teacher of Music, Xicholson, Pa. 

Having had considerable acquaintance with the Estev Or- 
gan during the past eight or ten years, 1 can most heartily re- 
commend it as a superior instrument. The cases are well made 
and tastefully ornamented, while the inside work is finished in 
a complete and substantial manner. The full, rich tunes, as 
well as the durability of the instrument should commend it to 
the iavor of all who desire a good family Organ. 



From Miss ANME E. WELLS, Teacher of Music, DundaflT, Pa. 

I take pleasure in saying to you that I am one of the many 
admirers of the Estev Cottage Organs. I very much prefer 
them to all others now in the market. In consideration of their 
permanent and beautiful mechanical structure, tlieir great 
power, combined with a fascinating sweetness of tone, their 
perfect resemblance to and sympathy with the human voice, I 
think them superior to all others. 

From A. MILLER, Esq., Berwick, Pa. 

The Baptist Church of this place purchased one of J. Estev 
& Co.'s Cottage Organs, which has been in use about six 
years, and gives perfect satisfaction. 

From GEO. B. THOMPSON, Esf|,, Berwick, Pa. 

The Estev Organ purchased of you three or four years 
since for the M. E. Church of this place gives first-rate satis- 
faction. It has been in use regularly ever since we got it, and 
has not once been out of order. 

From HAimY HOBAEK and JOEL DARTING, Members of the 
"■'AUcghenj- (Quartette," Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Have used the Estev Cottage Organs at our Concerts 
frequently during the past ten years, and prefer them to any 
other Organ we have ever used. Their full, round, pipe quality 
of tone and quick articulation, combined with the Patent I'oj: 
Ilumanii and I'oj: yubilante Stops, make them the most desira- 
ble for Ct)ncert or Church purposes. 

From J. N. HOPEWELL, Esq., Northumberland, Pa. 

The Boudoir Estev Organ purchased of you fur the M. E. 
Church ot this place has been in use Ihree Sabbaths. We are 
very much pleased with it. The tone is sweet, and we think of 
sufficient power to meet all just demands. All parties unite in 
praise of the yubilante Stop. It is peculiarly touching and 

From BISHOP SLMPSON, of the M. E. Church. 

I am greatly pleased, as are also also all the members of my 
family with the lioudoir Cottage Organ furnished by you. 
For arrangement, finish, tone and power, and especially for the 
eflFect of its Tremolo^ it is an instrument of superior value. 

From J. REMINGTON FAIBLAMB, wcU kuomt to the musical 
profession as an Organist and Composer of the hig^hest or- 
der, "Baltimore. 

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge to you the high 
degree ot estimation in which I hold the Estev Cottage Or- 
gans, as well as to state the great satisfaction they have given 
many friends, professional and personal, who, in purchasing 
instruments, have given these the preference. They possess a 
remarkably sweet tone, together with great richness and full- 
ness, and the action is easy and reliable. It is not surprising 
that, with the aid of the I'ox Humana Tye?noio and the I'ox 
yubilante^ they have attained the great popularity they now 

From ALBERT HOLLAND, Organist of Central Presbyterian 
Church, and Solo Clarionet Player of Peabody Institute 
Orchestra, Baltimore, 3Id. 

I have been using one of the Estev Organs for several 
years, and do not hesitate to pronounce it a verv superior in- 
strument in everv respect. Its tone is full, rich and sweet, 
and entirely free from the reediness which is characteristic of 
the instruments of other makers. I heartily endorse the Estey 

From A. R. MACLELLAN, Orgrauist of Westminster Presby- 
terian Church, Baltimore, Md. 

I have examined the Estev Cottage Organ, and am much 
pleased with its quality of tone, which 1 find to be very rich 
and full. The touch is peculiarly easy and reliable. 

Your Tremolo~\\\^ r(7.r /j^z/;«a«a— is certainVy the nearest 
approach to perfection that I have ever seen, and the Vox yu- 
bilante is remarkably brilliant and effective. I \vould, therefore, 
cheerfully recommend them to all who want an instrument 
either for public or private use. 

From GEO. A. EMERSON, Organist of Second Presbyterian 
Church, Baltimore, Md. 

On numerous occasions have had an opportunity of testing 
the Estev Cottage Organ, as well as comparing it with simi- 
lar instruments of other manufacturers, and I do not hesitate to 
say that I consider it superior to all other instruments of the 
kind. 1 desire especially to express my admiration for the qual- * 
ity and voicing of those new Stops, known as the Vox yubilante 
and P'ox Humana^ which are found only in this instrument. 


H. BULLA, Organist St. Ignatius' Church, Baltimore, 


Having had occasion to test and fully examine the Estev 
Organs, I take the liberty to add to the many expressions of 
adjiiration which they have attracted. The new arrangement 
of the Tfcf/wlo, aad your latest invention— the Vox yubilante— 
render them far superior to any reed instrument I have ever 
met with, and I cheerfully recommend them to the musical pro- 
fession and to the public. 

From JAS. M. DEEMS, Professor of Music, Baltimore, Md. 

I have had in my use for a considerable time one of the 
Estev Organs, and do not hesitate to say that I consider it a 
very superior instrument. I cheerfully recommend these in- 
struments to any who may be in want. 

From Rev. GILBERT F. WILLIAMS, Pastor P. E. Church, 
Hancock, Md. 

^Ve are very much pleased, and are satisfied with the supe- 
riority of the Estev Organ over all others. I do not hesitate 
to say, after a long acquaintance with all other American reed 
instruments, that yours are so far superior as not to be classed 
with them. 

From Rer. N. E. GILDS, Pastor Reformed Church, Mcchnnics- 
town, Md. 

Desiring to obtain an instrument that would combine all 
the desirable improvements in power, fullness and sweetness 
of sound, I am happy to be able to say that I have realized all 
this in the Estev Organ. Every one who hears it goes away 
pleased. The valuable qualities which this Organ possesses are 
much appreciated. It is a favorite in our family circle. 

From Rev. S. V. LEACH, Pastor Fayette Street M. E. Church, 

The Estev Organ purchased from you recently charms all 
the lovers of music who perform, on it During the last four 
years I have used Parlor and Cabinet Organs made by other 
celebrated makers, but in my judgment the Estev is superior 
beyond comparison in power, brelliancv, and resources for 
various effects. The Vox yubilante is especially admired. The 
instrument you have furnished, encased as it is in rosewood, is 
one of the most beautiful 1 have ever seen. I Uke great pleas- 
ure in commending the Estev Organ most cordially to those 
desiring to secure instruments which will give them increasini? 



From RcT. T. J. WYATT, Kector P. E. Church, MUlstown^Md. 

1 have no hesitation in saying your instruments command 
my UNQUALIFIED ADMIRATION. Ill Small compass,and at a com- 
paratively small cost, they afford the best substitute for the 
Grand Orfjan I have ever seen. 

From E. BURXETT, Su|»'t It. S & S. College, Baltimore. 

Itaffords me great pleasure to state that the Cottage Organ 
obtained from you some months since has far exceeded our ex- 
pectations. It is a perfect charm, possessing at once the sweet- 
est and deepest tone, and adajited to the vv^idest range of music. 
In my opinion the Estev Organ surpasses all others. I shall 
recommend it everywhere. 

From EDIVAKB ROBERTS, Baltimore, Md. 

The Estev Organ I have from you I am pleased to say 
gives every satisfaction. Its sweetness of tone surpasses any- 
thing X have ever heard from a Parlor Organ. 

From J. W. BUTLER, Baltimore, Md. 

I am happy to say that the Estev Cottage Organ which I 
purchased of you gives the highest satisfaction. The tone is 
FULL, ROUND and SWEET, and the resources of the instrument for 
various effects are really astonishing. I have no hesitation in 
recommending these instruments to the public as being superior 
to any others in the market. 

From H. WOODTILLE. M. D.. Baltimore, Md. 

Having frequently played and heard the Estev Organ, I 
am convinced that its tone, touch, etc., are far superior to any 
other Organ made. The Vox Humana rrfw/t?^ is certainly the 
most beautiful imitation of the human voice ever attained by 
mechanical m-^ans ; and yoiir last improvement, the Vox Jubi- 
lante^ is truly a-onderful in its effects. 

From IVM. B. HIDDE\, 31. D., Baltimore, Md. 

It has never been my pleasure to examine reed instruments 
combining such purity and sweetness of tone with so much vol- 
ume and variety as the Estev Cottage Organ. Every Stop 
seems a new instrument of itself. The Vox Humana Tremolo 
is of simple and durable construction, and a most charming im- 
itation of the human voice, while the Vox Jubilante^ more re- 
cently added, gives your instrument a brilliancy unequalled. If 
your sales correspond to the superior excellence of your instru- 
ments, you will hardly be able to supply the demand. 

From F. H. DURSTINE, Miisieal Birpftor, ^Vooster, O. 

I have been examining instruments for a number of years, 
with a view to finding one that pleased me in every respect, 
and never succeeded until I happened upon the Estev Cottage 
Organ. It embraces all the excellencies of a superior instru- 
ment to such a degree of perfection that it must be regarded by 
all who hear it as a perfect Organ. Its touch and action are 
delicate and perfect, and its power grand— its tone exquisitely 
sweet — and these combine to make the Estev without a rival. 

From GEO. FOX, Organist for Y. M. ('. A., Zanesville, O. 

1 most cheerfully recommend the Estev Organ to all per- 
sons wishing to buy a good instrument, it having precedence 
above 11 others in sweetness and quality of tone, and being 
mor durable than many others. Having used them for years, 
1 speak from experience. 

From WJM. JACKSON, InRtructor in Band Musie, Ac., Somei^ 
set, 0. 

I have been intimately acquainted with the tone of your 
Cottage Organs for the last three years, and I take pleasure 
in stating that I think it excels that of any instrument of the 
kind made, and I would cheerfully recommend them to ali 
lovers of good music. 

From Rev. 0. W. BURNS, Pastor First Methodist rhiireh. East 
Liverpool, Oi 

The Estev Organ purchased from you for our Church and 
Sabbath School more than fulfils the promise of your agent. It 
is universally admired. May you sell thousands of them. 

From Revi M. MUELLER, Pastor Reformed Church, (ialion, 0. 

The' Estev Cottage Organ you sent me pleased everyone 
who heard it, and I was much pleased with the sweetness, 
roundness and Organ-like tone. The I'ox Juhilante exceeds 
anything that I have heard in reed Organs. 

From Rev. L. HALL, Pastor S. Street M. E. Church, Zanes- 
Tille, 0. 

It affords me great pleasure to speak well of the Estev Or- 
gan. I have been familiar with all the leading manufacturing 
Co,'s in this country, and most unqualifiedly I record my testi- 
mony in favor of the Estev Co.'s. Their instruments are more 
durable, sweeter, richer and more musical in tone than any 
other instruments now in the market. I have had them in 
Churches over which I have been pastor for the past several 
years, and they gave universal satisfaction to Organists, Choirs 
and Congregations. As instruments to accompany the human 
voice in song, I do not believe their superior is to be found 
IN THE WORLD. I havc yet to find any one dissatisfied with the 
Estey Organ who has given it a fair trial. 

From Rev. C. 0. PARMENTER. Pastor F. W. Baptist Church, 

Larue, 0. 

I feel that it is my duty to the community at large, as well 
as to you, gentlemen, to say that some of us are rejoicing in a 
kind of a musical millennium here in Marion County, Ohio. 
Having for years been the dupes of common and inferior in- 
struments, the introduction of your elegantly finished and in- 
describably sweet toned instrument is like entering upon anew 
era. The critic has no words of condemeation, and the fortu- 
nate owner no language to express his satisfaction. One needs 
only to hear to be captivated, and own to fully enjoy. 

From E. L. MUNDY, Non>alk, 0. 

Gentlemen — Afler a trial of nearly three months, it affords 
me great pleasure to express to you my grateful thanlts for the 
very excellent and superior Organ you sent me, for private use. 
Its rich and mellow tones can scarcely be distinguished from a 
good pipe Organ, of at least three times its cost, an excellence 
so seldom found in instruments of this class. Its superior voicing 
and perfect tuning, together with its admirable arrangement 
and combination of Stops, make it without exception the most 
perfect and fascinating reed Organ that I ever saw. I expected 
a very fine instrument, but my expectations are more than real- 
ized. Please accept my warmest thanks. 

From OEORtJE BOWMAN, Shelby, O. 

1 have sold reed instruments for ten years, but I know of 
none that possess so many valuable qualities as your Organs. 

From L. ABELAIDE SPENCER, Somerset, 0. 

As Organist and Teacher of Music, I have been led to ex- 
amine closely Organs oi various manufacturers, but in sweet- 
ness of tone, volume of sound and ease ot action none excel oi" 
even equal the Estev Cottage Organ, for which I take pleas- 
ure in stating my decided prefe 

From J. W. DOLLERON, M. D., Somerset, 0. 

Gentlemen — I have listened with delight to the music 
your Organs, and performed on them frequently for seve 
years, and must conscientiously give them the praise over t 
other Organs in this country. 



From THOS. M. WRIGHT, New Proridence, Ind. 

Would say in reference to the Estev Organ I bought of 
you that it is a frond one. There are two or three other Organs 
here, of different kinds. I think my Estey superior in tone to 
any of them. 

From H. I. PROCTOR, Orcanist Union Park ("oogregational | 
(hurrh, Cliica^o, HI. 

I take pleasure in recommending to those who may be de- 
sirous of purchasing an Organ the Estev Cottage Organs. 
In tone and workmanship they are all that could be desired, 
and are well worthy of the high opinion in which they are held 
by all good musicians. 

From FRANK C. HATHEWAI, Organist Church of onr Saviour, 
Chicago, 111. 

It gives me great pleasure to say that the Estey Organ pur- 
chased of you in October, i86q, has given universal satisfaction. 
All who hear it like it, and would join me in recommending it 
to any in need of such an instrument. 

It is the Best Reed Organ I know of. 

From John McClIRDY, OrcraniHt Church of the, Chi- 
cago, 111. 

I have come in daily conUct with the beautiful Estev Or- 
gans for some months, and it gives me pleasure to say that, in 
my opinion, they are without exception the finest reed Organs 
made. They excel especially in purity and sweetness of tone; 
respond to the most rapid manipulations, and, in fact, all desir- 
able qualities that go to make it a first-class instrument. 

From Mrs. M. F.WARREX, Teacher of Vocal and Instnimental 
Music, Sycamore, 111. 

Allow me to say that the Estev Organ that I purchased of 
you nearly three years ago is just as good as when I first got it, 
although it has been in constant use all the time. I can cheer- 
fully recommend the Estev Organ to all as being the finest 
reed instrument manufactured. It is very quick to the touch, 
which makes it supeiior for instrumental music, while for sing- 
ing it is unsurpassed, being so near the human voice. 

FroHi Mrs. A. A. DORWIN, Teacher of Music, Sjcaniorc, III. 

Allow me to congratulate you on the excellency of your 
Estev Organs. I have taught music for several years, and 
have used various Organs, ol different makes, but none of them 
will compare with the Estev for sweetness and purity of tone 

From Z.M. PARVIN,TeacherofYocal and InMtrmniental Music. 
Bardolph, lU. 

The Estev Cottage Organ in tone is the most pure. In 
construction equal to any reed Organ I have seen. 

From E. 7). LELAND, Professor and Conductor of Music, Free- 
port, 111. 

In reply to your inquiry with reference to the Estev Organ 
used at my convention last week at Dakota, allow me to say, it 
was a No. 21, owned by Mr. J. D. Schmetzer of that place, and 
I am pleased to inform you that it gave entire satisfaction to the 
members of the convention. The valuable service it rendered 
in supporting the choruses (in which there were one hundred 
and forty voices) was appreciated by all who heard it. The 
heavy, clear pipe Organ tones could be distinctly heard even 
in heaviest forte passages. We found it equally well adapted 
, also — its tones being even, pure, 
ccompaniment to a bird song, an 
erainded one of the delicate tones 
■ing the variety' o. .one that can be 
produced upon the Estey Organ. For all purposes I consid- 
ered the Estev 0*^GAN s'^ier.or . any I have ever seen, being 
equally well adantcci to the ; i,urch, Parlor or Concert Hall. 

to accompaniments in solo: 
clear and distinct. In an i 
echo was produced which : 
of the piano, thereby sh 

From Rev. D. T. JOHNSON, Pastor of the PresbytcriaD Church, 
Hyde Park, 111. 

It gives me pleasure to testify to the excellence of the EsTE^■ 
Organ purchased of you nearly three years ago. Sufficient 
time has elapsed to test the durability of its workmanship, and 
the delicacy, purity and power of its tone. In all these respects 
it has entirely : atisfied us. It has made our home more cheer- 
ful by its outward beauty, and more happy by its sweet music. 

From Bev. D. B. BYERS, Freeport, III. 

Having had the Estev Orgaw in my house for three years 
past, and having had oppo'-tunities to compare it with various 
other Organs, I am fully satisfied that for durability, range of 
sound, depth, softness and sweetness of tone, it is not surpassed 
by any Parior Organ of modern times. 

From Rev. GEO. P. (JFILD, Pastor Baptist Church, Kinder- 
hook, m., formerly an Org'anlst in n prominent Church. 

I ver>' reluctantly ordered a Cottage Organ, as agents of 
rival firms have represented them as second or third-class in- 
struments. When it came I examined it very carefully, and 
found itfi material and workmanship first-class throughout. Its 
deep, full, yet smooth and mellow tone more nearly resembles 
the pipe Organ than any reed instrument I have ever heard. It 
seems to me the combination of Stops is perfect. The /V-r 
Humana and Vox Jubilante are gems. The Organ combining 
sweetness and power adapts it alike to Church and parlor. 

From IVM, HUMHES, Petersburg, 111. 

The Estey Organ, No. 21, 1 bought of you for St. Peter's 
Church last year gives entire satisfaction. All the members of 
the Church and also other musicians were astonished at the 
power and sweetness of the instrument. I recommend these 
Organs to every congregation and society not able to purchase 
a Pipe Organ. 

From E. C. SMITH, Principal of High School, Dixon, III. 

I have examined and tried thoroughly the Estey Coftage 
Organ, and am highly pleased with the smooth Organ-like 
tone of the reeds, and think them equal to anything I have ever 
played upon. The Tremolo of the Estev is, in my opinion, as 
near a perfect imitation of the human voice as I have ever 
heard — the effect is excedingly fine. The delicate and extreme 
quickness of the touch I have never seen surpassed in any in- 
strument, and the ynbilanie Stop is really the sweetest and 
nearest the flute-tone of anything I have ever known in a reed 
instrument. I think, on the whole, the Estey Organ is not sur- 
passed by any Organ known in this section of the country. 

From D. L. MOODY, Pres't T. M. C, A., Chicago, HI. 

It gives me great pleasure to add my testimony as to the 
sterling qualities of the Estev Organ wc obtained from you 
some time since. Its sweetness of tone and remarkable volume 
are particularly' desirable. 

From L. JOXES. Borrlinp tiroen, Ind. 

The Estev Organ ! bought of you two years ago is a very 
fine toned instrument. A number of excellent performers have 
pronounced it equal if not superior to any they have seen. 

From EFFIE D. HATEXHILL, Newark, 111. 

I am pleased to inform you that wc are not only satisfied 
with the Estev Organ we purchased of you, but wc think it 
perfectly admirable. Our musical friends give it unbounded 
praise, and we could not be induced to part with its richly 
sweet, and round, full tone. Our first impressions are more 
than realized. 



From H. W. HANSON, BelleviUe, HI. 

I am well pleased and cannot be better satisfied with the 
Organ which I purchased of you some two years ago. It has 
never been out of order. Its softness and melodious tone excels 
everything else I ever saw in an Organ. 

From L. A. BABCOCK, M. D., LL.D., Freeport, HI. 

1 have had in my house for the past two years one of the 
EsTEv Organs, with which I am very much pleased. The in- 
strument seems to be perfect in manufacture, very rich and fine 
in tone, and I know of no other like instrument which giv :;s 
such variety of tone or more durable, or better adapted for 
family use — preferable in many respects to a piano. 

From JOHN W. PICKARD, Eleroy, 111. 

The EsTEV Organ purchased of you nearly a year ago 
gives the highest possible satisfaction. For variety, clearness, 
sweetness and purity of tone it excels all others I have ever 
seen. I shall advise my friends to buy the best, which is the 


From L. E. PRESTON, Esq., Principal of Public Schools, Da- 
Tis, HI, 

I take pleasure in adding my testimony in favor of the Es- 
TEV Organ. It is a perfect instrument, possessing at once the 
sweetest and deepest tone, and well adapted to Church and 
parlor music. In my opinion it is unsurpassed. 

From 1. F. KLECKNER, County Superintendent of Schools, 
Freeport, 111. 

I have been acquainted with the Estev Organ several 
years, and I take pleasure in saying that, in my judgment, its 
purity and sweetness of tone are unsurpassed, and its durability 

Prom M. H. McCHESNEY, Organist, Pontlac, Mich. 

The instruments manufactured by the Estev Cottage Or- 
gan Co. are in every particular the finest 

instrument I 


From JAMES E. STEWART, Pianist and Composer, Detroit, 

I consider the Estev Organ the best reed instrument now 
manufactured, and combining, as it does to a certain extent, all 
the essential points, effects, etc., of a pipe Organ, think it is tha 
most available one in use for the family circle. The peculiar 
brilliancy and beauty of tone, combined with quickness of ac- 
.ion, renders it, in my estimation, superior to all others in the 
market ; in fact it is the only reed instrument I care to play 

From Rev. J. 0. SPOONER, Cedar Spring's, Mich. 

I have no hesitation in saying your Organ commands my 
unqualified admiration for Church and parlor music. In short, 
I think the Estev Organ has no superior. 

From Rev. J. 0. WHITCOMB, Lexin(?ton, Mich. 

1 am fully persuaded by what I know of the Estev Cot- 
tage Organ that they are the Organ, possessing a superiority 
over all the variety of Organs I have yet found, because it 
combines sweetness and power to the tone in an unusual de- 
gree. For parlor use it excels all other Organs — those grating 
sounds so frequently found in Organs being dispensed with, to 
the great satisfaction of all. For Church use it excels all others. 
All in this section say but one thing who have Organs, and that 
IS. if I had not got one I would have an Estev. 

From S. J. HATES, V. D. M., Ronier, Midi. 

Having used Estev's Cottage Organ about two years, I 
feel It my duty to say to the public that it has given entire satis- 
faction. For quality of tone, harmony and power, I have not 
yet found its superior. 

From the ADELPHI SOCIETY, Albion College, Mich. 

Two months' trial have demonstrated that we have a gem; 
in sweetness of tone it has no equal: in fact some of the best 
musical ta'en* in the State has passed judgment upon it, and 
declare it urc-ja^'ed. When I say we are satisfied I but feebly 
express the del'p^n' that we feel in the possession of it. 

From Hon. P. R. L. PIERCE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

I hereby certify that I have had some acquaintance with 
the Estey Organ, and am using one of eight Stops, two banks 
of keys, and other improvements, purchased three years ago. 
and it gives unqualified satisfaction. I consider it very superior 
in tone, and do not know that it could be bettered in that res- 
pect. The reputation of the Estey Organ is welt established. 

From Dr. J. M, SWIFT, Northrille, Midi. 

It is with pleasure that I recommend the Estey Organ as 
being in many respects the nearest perfection of any manufac- 
tured. Their power and sweetness of tone has as yet been 
unsurpassed. Its combination of Stops and delicacj of touch 
fits it alike for the Church, the Concert Hall and the Home 

From Mrs. S. VANDENBURG, Teacher of Music, and Dealer in 
Mnsica! Instrnments, Eldorn, loira. 

I am delighted with the Estey Organ. T have soM a few- 
obtained of you through Keeler & Co., Cedar Falls, and ihey 
give entire satisfaction. I prefer it to any Organ I ever used. 

From Rev, PETER O'DOWD, Pastor Catholic Church, Ackley, 

The Estey Organ which we have received gives very good 
satisfaction. For power and sweetness of tone, flexibility of 
touch and truthfulness of workmanship all are agreed that, for 
the size, it cannot be easily surpassed. 

1 think the Estev Organ bears out its characteristics to 

From Rev. W. LEASE, Pastor First M. E. Church, Indepen- 
dence, Iowa. 

The Estev Okgan purchased of your agents for our Church 
gives unbounded satisfaction. It has been in use now about 
one year and a half, and we find it to be a superior instrument. 
For softness, sweetness and fullness of tone I think it unsur- 
passed by any other in the market ; as well, also, as for variety 
and promptness of expression. The Vox Humana and yztbi- 
iante Stops are not equalled hy any instrument I have heard. 


E. (!hurch. 

From Rev. F. M, ROBERTSON, Pasto 
Hampton, lovra. 

The fihe Pipe-top Organ whicli has been jdaced in our new- 
Church and thoroughly tested, gives the most excellent and 
universal satisfaction. 

I also have in my own rooms a fine Parlor Organ, manu- 
factured by the same company, J. Estey & Co.. Brattleboro, 
Vt., which, for sweetness and beauty of tone, I tliink 1 have 
never heard equalled. From several years' knowledge of the 
Estey Organ I do not hesitate to say that it is every way wor- 
thy of its enviable reputation. 

From R. W. KEELER, Secretary Upper Iowa Conference, Cedar 
Falls, Iowa. 

As you have furnished many of the Churches within the 
bounds of the Upper Iowa Conference with the celebrated 
Estey Organ, manufactured by J. Estey & Co., Brattleboro. 
Vt., I take pleasure in assuring you that, so iaras I have any 
information, they have given in every instance entire salisiac- 
tion. They are universally commended for fullness and sweet- 
ness of tone, and for their compass and power. They are re- 
presented, wherever used, as all that any ordinary Church 
needs to lead either choir or congregational singing, and are 
believed to have no superior in the market. 



From BeT. C. H. COREY, Missionary Teacher, Kichniond, Ta. 

We are all delighted with our new Cabinet Organ, manu- 
factured by J. EsTEV & Co., of Brattleboro, Vt. One professor 
of music pronounces it "most excellent;" another says, "I 
never heard an instrument with more sweetness and softness of 

From JAMES A. DAVIS, Prof, of Natural Science, Emory and 
Uenry College, Va, 

The EsTEY C 
chased of you last spring, ( 
tions in its performances. 1 
scarcely be induced to part 

N, with the improvements, pur- 
es fully up to your representa- 
a favorite from which we could 

From BOBEET FKAZEU, Oakley, Va. 

The EsTEV Organ has come in first-rate order. We are all 
delighted with it, and we feel under special obligations to you 
for having sent us just the instrument we wanted. 

From J. M. MILLS, Frankfort, Ky. 

The Estey Organ purchased from you in 1869, for our Pub- 
lic School, is a model instrument in every particular. Thor- 
oughly competent performers pronounce it superior, and it an- 
swers our purposes most admirably. Our Music Hall is a large 
one, and the Organ fills the room with distinctness and force, 
and keeps in excellent order. 

From H. ALBEBT COTTELL, OrBraniRt First Baptist Churrli, 
Louisrille, Ey. 

Having thoroughly tested the merits of your new Estev 
Organ, I take pleasure in saying that 1 consider it in all res- 
pects equal and in many points superior to any reed instru- 
ment in the market. The ease with which its air supply is 
maintained ; the smoothness and equality of its tone ; its ready 
response to the touch; the elegant voicing of its fancy Stops, 
and the perfection of its general mechanism must make it a 
special favorite with Organists. 

From £. M'. ELROD, Organist Chestnut Street BaptiRt Church, 
Louisville, Ky. 

The EsTEv Organ purchased by Chestnut Baptist Church, 
for the use of the Sunday School, 1 am pleased to saj"" gives en- 
tire satisfaction. In fact I consider the Estev Organ superior 
in every respect to all others. 

From JOS. V. MOBTOX, Shelbyrille, Ky. 

The Estev Organ bought of you last fall has been i 
of great pleasure to me. I have owned several reed instru- 
ments and examined others thoroughly, but have found none 
equalling the Estey m quality of tone or in power, fur anything 
like the same price. 

From J.-S. MALOXE, Louisville, Ky. 

The Estev Organ purchased of you < 
entire satisfaction in everj- particular. 

I year ago gives 

From BOOXE LOBCIF, Xo. 1, I. O. O. F., Louisville, Ky. 

After several months' trial, we do pronounce the Estev 
Organ to be all that we could desire as an Organ, its tone 
being deep, rich and jtowerful. 

Prom L. S. JOHXSTOX, Becording Scribe Pioneer Irf>dge. Xo. 
S, Knights of Pythias, Louisville, Ky. 

1 am nistructed by Pioneer Lodge, No. 8, Knights of Py- 
thias, to inform you how we are pleased with the Estev Organ 
purchased of you some months ago. It gives entire satisfaction 
and is everythmg it is represented to be. 

From B. J. HULCEE, M. D., Loaisrille, Kj. 

The Organ manufactured by you tor me was delivered 
safely. 1 have compared its merits, side by side, with others 
of similar make and power, and do not hesitate, after an im- 
partial trial of both, to state that your Organ is in all essential 
points infinitely superior to everj'^ and all others that I have 
ever seen. Vou modestly said you thought I would be pleased. 
I will say briefly to you that I am more than pleased. I am 
delighted with its Diapason capacity, great power, sweetness 
and brilliancy, elastic touch and perfect equality of tone, 

From J. H. H. WOODWABD, LouisvilJe, Ky. 

The Estev Cottage Organ with which you furnished my 
family about two years since has been the source of much 
pride as well as delight. Pride for its excellence and unexcelled 
character as an instrument, and delight such as all lovers of 
good music invariably experience when the ear is charraeB with 
the faultless melody of a beautiful and rich harmony which the 
Estey never fails to inspire. 

Before choice of instruments was made^ a fair test of the 
capabilities of the Estey and other Organs was had. The in- 
struments were brought side by side and operated by two 
prominent professors of music, neither of whom was interested 
in the result, and their judgment was unreservedly in favor of 
the Estey. I must say that, so far as my knowledge extends, 
based upon the expression of opinion by competent judges, the 
Estev Cottage Organ stands not only unexcelled but unri- 
valled in its character as a musical instrument, and I may add 
that the one we have has always been a "pet" in the family, a 
" household treasure," not to be parted with on any account. 

From J. >V. PABSOX PBICE, Louisville, Ky. 

The Estey Organ which you sold me about two years ago 
gives entire satisfaction. It wears better than any Parlor Or- 
gan I ever tried, notwithstanding its having been used almost 
daily since I bought it. The rich quality of its tone, together 
with the beautiful combination of Stops (especially the Vox y«- 
bilantc^ which I deem the best imitation of the human voice), 
renders it superior to all other Parlor Organs. 

Please accept my sincere thanks for advising me to select 
an Estev. 

From the SISTERS of St. Peter's j)hnn Asylum, Tenn, 

We wish to express our highest satisfaction with the Estev 
Organ we are using. We think it cannot be equalled by any 
other manufacture. 

From the SISTEBS of St. Agnes Academy, Tenn. 

The Estey Organ now in use in our Institution is unsur- 
passed for real merit. We wish to convey to the public our 
high appreciation of its tone, finish and all its appointments. It 
is far superior to any others we have ever seen. 

From JOBX WILLIAMS, Pres't Wes. Fem. College, Browns- 
ville, Tenn. 

I take great pleasure in adding my testimonial to the excel- 
lence of the Estev Organ. It gives entire satisfaction, and in 
strength and sweetness of tone it cannot be surpassed. 

From SISTEBS OF MEBCT, U. S. Marine Bospltal, Portland, 

We are much pleased with the Estev Organ purchased 
from you some time ago ; its power and sweetness of tone 
combined excels anything of the kind we have yet heard. 

From CHAS. F. BABVEY, Van Bnren, Ark, 

The Estey Organ I purchased of you for the use of our 
Church I am much pleased with, and it has given general satis- 
faction to our people. 





From CHAS. BLA\KE, Orpftnist First Presbjl 
((JerniuiiO Drake, Mo. 

I take pleasure-in stating the Estev Organ, Style 21, arrived 
without a mark or blemish, and has been thoroughly tested by 
our Congregation, with entire satisfaction. Some of them have 
Organs of other first-class makers, but all are unanimous in 
giving the Estev the preference. Its deep, pervading, Pipe- 
Organ quality of tone I never before heard in any other make 
of Reed Organ. The I'o^ Humana and Vox Jubilante Stops 
to me have the finest effect ot the late improvements in Organs, 
reminding the listener more of celestial than terrestrial melody. 
I can with confidence recommend the Estev. 

From KcT. J. WESLEY JOHNSON, Pastor Sixtli Street M. K. 
Cliurcl), St. Louis, Mo. 

The Estev Cottage Organ I purchased of you some montlis 
since gives entire satisfaction. The fine effects produced by the 
Vox Humana and Vox jubilante Stops are beyond description 
in rich variety of tone. I am constrained to pronounce, after 
thoroughly testing the many instruments of the day before 
purchasing, that the Estev Organ is a perfect success, and for 
mechanical and musical reasons a standard instrument for 
Church or Parlor use. Combining within the same space 
greater volume, greater variety, a perfectly' sweet and musical 
tone, a fine, prompt and durable action, great strength and last- 
ing qualities from their mode of construction, and less liability 

o get out ot order than any other style or kind of instrument of 

he class. 

rem J. k V. WILLIS, Music Dealers, Hannibal, Mo. 

We consider your Organs beyond praise. No other reed 
instrument that we have ever seen compares with them. They 
are perfect in tone and finish. We are gratified to be allowed 
to express our admiration for them. 

From T. HAYWOOD, St. Louis, Mo. 

The Boudoir (EsTEvi Organ I purchased from you gives 
perfect satisfaction, and is all that you represented it to be. 
For purity of tone and delicacy and i»romptness of touch it is 
all that can be desired. For power and brdliancy I have never 
used an instrument of its size to compare at all with it. After 
a long use of instruments of that class in public and private, 1 
am free to say that, in my judgment, it is superior to any I have 
ever used. The Stops, \'ox Jubilante and Vox Humana^ are 
great improvements long needed. The latter especially is a 
great improvement over the old Clap Board Tremolo^ usually 
found in such instruments. The style of the case and general 
appearance is really beautiful, and much admired by my friends 
who have seen it. It is well adapted for a well-furnished par- 
lor. I shall take great pleasure in recommending the Estev 
Organ to my friends. 

From E. A. ANDREWS, SpringfleW, Mo. 

I am always ready to testify to the excellencies of the Estev 
Organ. Its evenness of tone and combination of valuable im- 
provements for expression make it the first among reed instru- 

From S. LATHROP, Leader of the First Conpreeational Church 
Choir, and Mrs. E. COLEMAN, Organist of the First Con- 
crregational Churcli, Grass Valley, Cal. 

Having purchased and used two of the Estev & Co. instru- 
ments the past year, vve confidently recommend them, being 
satisfied that, for purity of tone, excellence and durability of 
construction, and the pleasing effect produced by the various 
combinations of Stops, thej' arc unsurpassed by any instrument 
of the kind now in the market. And we would especially re- 
commend for Church purposes the instrument with the Jubi- 
iante Stop, as it destroys the reeuy tone, and presents itself as 
competitor for Church purposes with the Pipe Organ. 

From LOGAN I). DAMEROU, PresH Southwestern Book and 
Publishing Co., St. Louis, Mo. 

This is to certify that I have had in my possession for some 
time an Estev Organ, and I think it far superior to any Organ 
of its size that 1 have ever seen. It excels in quantity and qual- 
ity of tone, and the combination of Stops gives it great expres- 
sion. I regard it as the best Organ for Church, School and 
Parlor use, and hereby recommend it to the public. 

From Mrs. F. C. OAKLEY, Macon, Mo. 

The Organ arrived all right. I was greatly pleased with it 
at the time I saw it in your salesroom ; after using it, even more 
gratified than before, it possible. Its tone is truly charming. 
My neighbors are all in favor of the Estey. More Organs of 
the same kind will be sold here. 

From JUST. WILLIAMS, Principal Charleston Classical Acad- 
emy, Charleston, Mo. 

The Estev Cottage Organ that I purchased of you has 
been in daily use some months ; much of the time from two to 
three hours a day, in Church, and Academy Choir practice, and 
Chapel Services. It has been subjected to much rough use, but 
stands it all remarkably well. Not a cent has been expended 
in repairs. It is admired for its sweet, even, round tones. Its 
power is great, and its quickness of touch is remarkable. In 
short, it gives entire satisfaction. 

From CHAS. B. COX, Publisher " Old School Presby t^^rian," 
St, Louis, Ho. 

The Estev Cottage Organ purchased of yxixx meets our 
fullest expectations. All who have tested it speak of it in the 
highest terms of praise. I take pleasure in recommending it to 
the public. 

From ALBERT L. SUMNER, Teacher of Piano and (►rgan, Man 
Francisco, Cal. 

Vou may remember how prejudiced I was against the Es- 
tev Organs when you first spoke to me about them. 1 was like 
other people, I suppose, who don't like what they never tried, 
and '' condemn on sight ;" but now that I have used the Organ 
obtained from your establishment nearly a j'ear, I think I ought 
to confess to you how greatly my opinion has changed, and 
how thoroughly I have been converted. 1 now think, and most 
sincerely say that the Estev Organs are vastly superior to any 
other, and those of my pupils who have other instruments are 
unanimous in their unqualified praise. Some of them who live 
quite near me insist upon coming to my rooms, because they 
want to play on " that beautiful Organ." 

From J. T. RICHARDS, Santa Barbara, Cal. 

The Organ which I purchased of you some six months ago 
for the use of the Catholic Church of Santa Barbara, fully meets 
if not surpasses the expectations of our people. I have never 
heard a Cabinet Organ that combined a tone so sweet with 
such great power and volume. Besides the fine quality of tone 
it possesses, the instrument is a most handsome ornament, being 
richly and tastefully finished. 

From JAS. B. JOHNSON, Gilroy, Cal. 

Our Organ has given unbounded satisfaction. Our Organ- 
ist, who has had long experience as a Teacher of the Organ and 
Piano, both in this State and in the East, says it is the best in- 
strument she ever played. 

We have congregational singing, led by a strong choir, and 
find the Organ amply powerful to fill the Church. This cannot 
be said of some others, having had occasion at one time to ex- 
change a |6oo of another make for a I300 Estev, finding the 
former entirely inadequate to fill the Church. 



From Rev. W. L. JONES, San Jnnn, Cal. 

Nearly a year ago, I bought an Estey Organ of five oc- 
taves with four Stops. It has been used in our Church ever 
since its receipt, and gives universal satisfaction. Its tones 
are peculiarly full and rich. I know of no instrument of the 
kind that 1 should prefer to it, either for the Church or the 

From R«T. 0. PARK, Pastor WeNtralnster Presbyterian Church. 
San FranclROO, Cnl. 

I am Hot at all able to give you a competent criticism of 
the merits of the Estev Organ which you put into the West- 
minster Church, but, judging from my stand-point of know- 
ledge, I cart add a word of hearty commendation. My people 
are greatly pleased with the instrument, and, having had op- 
portunities for contrasting it with others of the kind, unhesitat- 
ingly pronounce in favor of the Estev Org^. They regard it 
as superior in the following particulars, viz : purity and sweet- 
ness of tone, its rich and close imitation of the Pipe Organ, and 
its remarkable freedom from the common, harsh peculiarities 
of reed instruments, its modulation of power, the unusual grace 
and beauty of its combinations, and the subdued softness of its 
Tremolo. Our people are ready to recommend it as the best 
instrument of its kind now made, and they do so intelligently. 

From RPT. JOSEPH CHAXOLER, Coatlcook, P. <^. 

1 am perfectly satisfied with the Orgaa I bought, manufac- 
tured by Estev & Co. It has afforded great pleasure to the 
children. But I do not rely so much on my judgment of its 
werits as that of others who have tried it. and who have pro- 
nounced it a first-rate toned instrument, especially one lady 
who was Teacher of Music in an Institute for years, and who 
still teaches. 

From UoT. E. S. SHOKKT, Weslcyan Mliilstor, AmhprBtburgh, 

I take pleasure in giving my testimony as to the excellence 
of the Estev Cottage Organ. In power and sweetness of 
tone, in quickness of response to the touch, as well as in its 
mechanical internal arrangements, it is decidedly and superla- 
tiz'ely superior to any instrument of which I have knowledge. 
It seems to me that it is as near perfection as any instrument of 
the kind can be. Scarcely an hour after ray return home with 
the Organ which I bought of you, the most experienced player 
in the place came in to try it. Almost upon th« very first re- 
sponse of the instrument she exclai«ned : " My, isn't that de- 
lightful ? I could play all day on that instrument!" All who 
have heard arc pleased with it. 

From STAMSLAS J. DOUOET, P. P., Richibueto, \, B. 

Accept my thanks for the beautiful Estev Organ you sent 
me, which gave me entire satisfaction. 1 had been led to ex- 
pect much, but 1 am happy to say that it far surpasses my ex- 

A musical instrument such as the Estey Organ, style 21. 
must be heard to be duly appreciated. It is indeed a very su- 
perior intsrument; superior in power, variety and richness of 
tone to any of the kind I ever tried or heard before. 

From Rev. J. PORTER, DanTiIle, P. <J. 

It is much to your credit as an adept in music that in the 
extensive sale of the Estev instruments which you have sold 
throughout this region of country for years, that I have never 
heard a complaint, but have always heard them highly spoken 
of by all who have used them. The instrument we had of you 
is acknowledged by all who have heard it to be the best in the 
place. It is soft toned and easily played. 

From W, A. PLAUTZ. Dominion ofCanada, Province of Ontario. 

For nearly three years I have had one of your Coitage 
Organs in my residence. It has been the source of the most 
exquisite pleasure, and has given most perfect satisfaction. 
Together with apparent durability of the instrument and the 
volume of music it gives forth, it cannot be surpassed. The 
modern improvements, more particularly the I'ojc Humana 
Tremolo, are perfectly enchanting. It has been tested by mu- 
sicians of considerable talent, and has been universally pro- 
ed a combination of perfections. 

From C. P. CLEVELAND, Richmond, P. Q. 

It affords me much pleasure to bear testimony to the supe- 
rior excellence of the musical instruments manufactured by 
Messrs. Estev & Co., of Brattleboro. Vt. Having purchased 
one of their Cottage Organs, in 1865. I find it to-day m as per- 
fect tune and in as thorough condition in every respect as the 
day I bought it. And although it has been m dailj'- and almost 
constant use for the last six years, it has never been out of tune 
or repair, and in quality of tone is superior to the day it was 
first used. Before purchasing I examined and tested several 
instruments by the best makers, but gave the preference to 
tho'^e of Estev & Co., and have never seen cause to regret 
having done so. I would not to-day exchange my instrument 
for a new one of any other manufacture, no matter how costly. 

From Re?. JOHX FOSTER, Rpctor, and AMOS K. FOX, Choir 
Master of St. Stephen'^ Chnrrh, Coaticook, P. q. 

The Estev Organ, No. 21, which the Warden's of St. Ste- 
phen's Church, Coaticook, purchased from you three years ago 
has given the utmost satisfaction. Its full, rich tones are not 
the least injured by the great changes in our climate. It even 
exceeds, in every respect, the guarantee which you gave us 
when we bought it from you. 

From JOH> MANMNG, Tiolinist, Iat« or the Royal Academy 
of MnRic, London, England. 

With much pleasure I reply to your request for my opinion 
of the Estey Cottage Organ. Having tested and used differ 
ent Reed Organs since my arrival in this country, I am con- 
vinced that the Estev combines more /dift-r and /«r//^ of tone 
than any other. The Humana and Juhilante Stops make it 
the perfection of all reed instruments. As an accompaniment 
to the voice, it cannot be excelled. 

From J. FREDERICK CARR. M. D., Incumbent of Dnrbam. 
Alrerton, Canada. 

I have great pleasure in expressing t© you my satisfaction 
with the Organs from Estev's manufactory which you have 
placed in my Churches. I am particularly delighted with the 
last one-No. 21. 

I can say confidently that the Estev Organ is very and 
deservedly popularin this section of the townships. 

From DITID »RA\T. Kemptrllle. Canada. 

Yours of the i6th came to hand, and in reply would say 
that J. Estev & Co.'s Organ is all that could be desired. It is 
far beyond my expectation. 

From W. F. WILLIAMS. OrsraniRt and Choir MaNter St. 
Gecxe's Church, and Mn«cal Editor N. Y. Evening Pout. 

I have to thank you for the ample opportunity you have 
given me of testing the Estev Organ. The instrument since 
it has been in my room has been heard by such artists as Anna 
Bishop, Ronconi, Clara Perl, Madame Varran, Hoffman, 
Errani, and many others, besides a large number of lady and 
gentlemen amateurs. Almost all of those present at my private 
musical soirees have expressed, voluntarily, their warm ad- 
miration of the instrument. 

As a solo instrument, with piano accompaniment, its re- 
sources are wonderful. 



From Rey. C. W. HEISLEY, PaHtor M. E. Church, Trenton, N.J. 

r have had in use in my family one of Estev's Instruments 
tor ten ycBrs. It is as sweet and mellow toned as ever, and is 
believed by my family and our friends to be superior to any 
other make that we have ever seen or heard. 

From Uov. U. K. MORRIS, Pastor M. K. Church, Salem, N. J. 

We have used the Estev Organ f«ir over five years. In 
tone, action and wear it has given great satisfaction. The 
older our acquaintance becomes, the more confirmed are we in 
our preference for the Estev, 

From .1. H. STANflER, Glassboro, X. J. 

I have used the Estev Instrument 1 bought of you twelve 
years ago constantly. I like it better than any other instru- 
ment 1 have ever seen. 

From C. K. FLEMING, Pastor First M. E. Church, Borden- 
towii, N. J. 

The Estev Cottage Organ which I purchased some three 
years since is first class, and after fair and full trial by profes- 
sors and learners, I take great pleasure in saying that it gives 
entire satisfaction. 1 most cordially recommend the Estev 

From .f. S. YOtJXfi, Milford, N.J. 

Having used one of the Estev Organs for seven years, it 
gives me pleasure to be able to say a word respecting it. It 
has never been out of order, and I have found it to be just as 
represented -first-class in every respect. I think any person 
of ordinary judgment cannot fail to perceive the general supe- 
riority of tone, action and workmanship, upon the slightest ex- 

From Rev. R. THOR.V, Pastor M. E. Church, TrLMitou, N. J. 

I have used my Organ five years, and for durability, and 
sweetness and richness of tone, believe it cannot be surpassed. 
The universal testimony is to the richness and fullness of the 

From J. S. MILLER, Wilmington, Del. 

We are satisfied with the Estev Organ purchased* 
from you, and can recommend it to be all you claim for it — 
superior ,o all others. 

From ReT. Wm. B. CILLISS, Pastor Washburn Nt. Pros. 
Church, Scranton, Pa. 

I have used the Estev Cottage Organ for nine years, and 
consider it superior to all other instruments of its class, either 
for the Parlor or the Sabbath School. 

From Rev. A. E. BALLARD, Presiding; Elder Bridgelon 
District M. E. Church, Bridgeton, N. J. 

The EjiTEv Organs are extensively used in the Methodist 
Episcopal Churches and Sabbath Schools in Bridgeton Dis- 
trict, and in their sweetness and purity of tone, as well as 
volume of sound, have given the fullest satisfaction to the con- 

From Rev. JAS. F. BROWN, Pastor Baptist Chnrch, Plscat- 
anay, N. J. 

A Cottage Organ, purchased of you nearly two years 
o, has been in almost daily use in my family ever since, and 
m all respects, in as good a condition as when it came from 
your rooms. All who have heard it have expressed unqualified 
admiration of it. 1 know of no instrument ot the kind superior 
to it in richness and brilliancy of lone, and capability of modu- 
lation. I uniformly recommend the Este 
to my friends. 

From Dr. JOS. E. PARKER, Philadelphia, Pa. 

1 have used the Estev Cabinet Organ for about four 
years, and I think for sweetness, combined with much power, 
as well as freedom from any harsh or reedy tone, they excel 
all others that 1 have seen. 1 take much pleasure in recom- 
mending them to all who may want a superior instrument in 
every respect. 

From B«T. K. WALLING, Burlin^ton, N. J. 

We have had the Estev Organ in use in our church about 
four years, and I take pleasure m stating that the instrument 
has given entire satisfaction. 

From RcT. W. S. BABNART, Pastor M, E. Cliurch, Williams- 
town, N, J. 

For several years I wa* the possessor of an Estev Cottage 
Organ, the tone of which was very highly prized by myseif 
and many others. Indeed, it was generally commended. 

From Rev. B. H. THOMAS, Beidsburg, Clarion Co., Pa. 

Desiring to purchase an Organ for the use of my lamily, I 
very carefully and leisurely examined and compared a number 
of the most reputable make. I purchased an Estev Cottage 
Organ, regarding it in several respects decidedly superior to 
any 1 examined. Its constant use for the past four years has 
rendered the most unqualified satisfaction, and fully justified 
my preference. I prefer it to any other Reed Organ with 
which I am acquainted. 

From Dr. B. CLIMENSON, Philadelphia, Pa. 

I havehadoneof Estev's Cottage Organs in use in my 
parlor for about three years, and I am free to say that I have 
never seen any that I like so well, and would not exchange it 
for any that I have ever tried. 

From A. A. MEADEB, Sup't Pnb, Schools, Chester, Pa. 

As Teacher of Music, and Organist for several Choirs, 
during the past ten years 1 have had an opportunity to test the 
merits of a number of instruments of different manufacture, and 
have no hesitation in saying that I know no style of Organ that 
I would prefer to the Cottage Organ of Estev & Co., now in 
the market. 

From W. W. WOODRCFP, Bellovue Institute, Attlehoro, Pa. 

I am more than pleased, I am delighted with the Estev 
Organ which I purchased of you some six weeks since ; and 
in saying this I but repeat the expressions of all who have 
used it or heard it. 

From A. H. LUNfi, Pastor Third Baptist Church, German- 
town, Phila. 

We have used Estev's Cottage Organ in our <;hurch and 
Sunday School for the last two years, and believe that it is ex- 
celled by none. 

From W. T. DODSON, Mnhlenburg, Pa. 

I have used the Estev Cottage Organ nearly seven years. 
J have examined every other kind, and find none to equal any 
one of the Estev tones. Its sweetness is remarkable, its deli- 
cacy astonishing, and its power wonderful. It is nay opinion 
that much talent will be exhausted before its equal will be 

From H. S. NORRIS, Elmer, Pn. 

1 most cheerfully record my testimony in favor of the 
Estev Organ. We used Estev's Melodeon tor eight years 
with perfect satisfaction, and regard It as the sweetest toned 
instrument of all Mclodeons in the market. We have used. 
Estev's Cottage Organ for three years, and think it has no 



From RfT. A. V. C. SCHKNOK, Pastor Tioga St. Pres. Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

I bought one of the Estev Organs (with Vox Humann) 
nearly live years ago tor the Bedford Presbyterian C-urch, 

which has given entire satisfaction, and is all tliev d. y i.i a 

Cabinet Organ. I bought another ne tiiree years :.ince, 

and It has proved to be a very excellent instrument in all re- 
spects, and needs no praise when it speaks for itself. 

From R. S. HCJiT, Brookvillr, Pa. 

I have been using Estev's CorrACE Organ in my family 
tor the last eighteen months, and my opinion of its superiority 
IS confirmed by this use. The many who have tried it since 
it came into my possession unite in pronouncing it one of the 
" finest toned Organs they have ever seen." 

From Rer. A. ARMSTRONO, Pastor Baptist Church. Easton, 

I have had my Estev Cottage Organ about five years, 
and it now sounds out its music just as good as on the first 
week after it came. During this time I have seen and heard 
many Organs from different manufacturers— some with high 
recommendations and extensive reputation ; and if 1 were 
called upon by families or churches to know which 1 would 
prefer, would without hesitation say every time, the Estev 
Organ. For real melody, richness of harmony and sweetness 
of tone, it is unequalled in ray observation. 

From HENRI HEKEK, M.kv doa' Pa. 

I ha\c used my Orgar tllrt I .jought of you nearly a yen 
since -.vith a great deal of ntisfacti :i t_ myself -nd family. It 
is aliO the opinion of thos"^ whc iiav triod it that it ^.lunot be 
excelled by any other make in tho country. 

From E. G. HARBISUX, Kulmesville, P-i. 

The Estev Organ I t>urchased of you in 'JL:.y, >36-, is -ti; 
{I might say) 1 1 constant use. Its tones are just as sv.-cot and 
brilliant as ever-asgood as new, excepting the case, TAich 
shows the marks of daily wear. In fact the longer I have it 
the better I like it. The largo sized one (si.- stops) placed in 
the Episcopal Church of this .'illage about five years since 
gives general satisfaction— in power and purity of tone is not 
equalled by any other make 1 ever heard. 

From Rev. C. II. MrDKRHOM), Pastor of Hancock SI. Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Having one of the Estev Cottage Organs in my family, I 
am pr"narcd to say that in my judgment for sweetness of tone 
and volume it cannot be surpassed by any other instrument in 
the market. Some of my friends have exchanged other instru- 
ments for the Estev. 


Wk have taken over one iiUNDREn and fifty medals, first premiums 
AND DIPLOMAS at Fairs and Exhibitions throughout the United States. 
All of the principal Industrial Fairs in our country have bestowed upon our 
Organs the highest Premiums. 

Although we have been constantly enlarging our works, we have re- 
fused to take a large number of orders for our Organs, both for the Ameri- 
can and Foreign markets, on account of our inability to furnish them; but 
with our new factories and increa.sed facilities, we hope to be able to meet 
the demands of the public. 

We desire to let our Organs speak for themselves, and all of the enco- 
miums embraced in these pages are over the full signature of the writers. 
We prefer to make our statements plain and explicit, without insinuations 
or confusion. 

A Few Extracts from the Press. 


We tu-day had the pleasure of listening to the sweet vibra- 
tions of J. EsTEv & Co.'s Organs, manipulated by the magic 
fingers of its general wholesale agent. 

The Organ we may safely commend for its excellence, be- 
ing one of the finest constructed instruments ever brought 
before the public. Among the many improvements over other 
Organs, we would call attention to the patent I'ox Humana 
Tre>/io/o, which wonderful perfection was brought out in the 
EsTEV Organ in 1866. The finest effects of the Tremolo are 
produced in using it as a solo Stop. The l^ox yitbilante is a 
new and beautiful Stop, which is peculiar to the Estev Organ 

Take it all rn all, it is one of the finest toned and arranged 
Organs it has ever been our pleasure to listen to, and we would 
recommend all of our readers who wish to procure a fine instru- 
ment to secure an Estev Organ. 

From the LEE €OUXTY DEMOrit.VT. W\ 

The manufacturers announce that the great power and 
pipe-Iilce tone of the Estey Organs have created a demand for 
an instrument which shall imitate the appearance as well as the 
tone of the Pipe Organ, and that they have now perfected new 
and beautiful gilt-pipe tops for different styles of Organs, which 
lor elegance of proportion, chasteness of style and beauty of 
finish are unexcelled by anything in the market. The tone and 
touch are, without doubt, unapproarhed by any other reed in- 
strument in existence, while the style of case will prove an ap- 
propriate addition to the furnishing of the most elegant parlor. 
In attempting to describe the effect of the Estev Organ we are 
at a loss for language. We have received hundreds of testi- 
monial from celebrated Organists, testifying to the superiority 
of these instruments, with their peculiar improvements, which 
we could publish did we have space. 

From the DIXON (Iowa) TELEGRAPH. 

The Organ that towers above all others is the Estev. If 
comparison is the test of merit, then the Estev is without a rival 
in the market. It has more valuable patents than any other 
Organ made, among which are the Patent Harmonic Aattach- 
ment, which doubles the power of the instrument, the Patent 
Manual Sub Bass, which produces the effect of a pedal bass, 
and played on the ordinary keys. The I'o.v Humana Tr^-.njlo 
—this late and really wonderful invention {so acknowledged by 
all leading artists) is to be found in these instruments. It is 
useless to attempt to describe the effect of this Stop ; its beau- 
ties cannot be written, but must be heard to be appreciated. 
By this Stop an ordinary performer can produce an c!Tect which 
requires a lifetime of practice for an artist upon the violin. 

From the WESTERN WATCHMAN, St, Louis, Mo. 

What a great improvement the Estev Organs are over the 
old, familiar Melodeon ; such rich, pervading tones, almost re- 
sembling their great namesake, the Pipe Organ, just the reed 
instrument for the Church, Schools and Parlor. We congratu- 
late the manufacturers in their success in producing such per- 
fect instruments, and their agents in obtaining control of them, 
feeling assured that success will follow their enterprise. 


It is an undeniable fact that the Reed Organ is rapidly be- 
coming a powerful rival of the piano. Recent improvements 
in this class of instruments have marked a new era in their pro- 
duction and sale. Among first-class manufacturers perhaps 
none have done more for their perfection than Messrs. J. Estey 
& Co., who have patented several improvements which are 
likely to produce a complete revolution in their manufacture. 
Among these is the Vox Humana^ a wonderful imitation of the 
tremolo of the human voice. A later, and perhaps still more 
effective Stop, has been perfected, called the l'o.v yubilante^ a 
Stop of exquisite sweetness and delicacy, giving still greater 
variety and power to the instrument. 


Has Nilsson Returned ?— A gentleman purchasing a piano 
at Baldwin's the other day was so struck with the sound of a 
beautiful soprano voice issuing from the Organ wareroom that 
he exclaimed : '' Why, has Nilsson returned ? this sounds very 
much like her voice." It happened to be an Estev Organ with 
the " human voice " Stop drawn, which he heard, and which he 
mistook for the lovely Swede's, And, indeed, so voice-like, 
sympathetic and sweet are the sounds of the Estey Organ, 
and so easily is it operated upon, and so durable and reliable 
has it proved itself, that it has become the most popular instru- 
ment of the kind extant. 


At no period in the history of our country if, indeed, in 
the history of the world, has music been more critically studied 
and so universally appreciated than at the present time. We 
can boast of distinguished composers and instrumentai perfor- 
mers an honor to any country or age. Almost every cultivated 
household has its musical instrument of some kind. The size 
and expense of the Organ has always been a bar to its becom- 
ing a popular instrument for general use, but the progressive 
improvements in the Cottage Organs have fully removed 
these embarrassments. In these instruments the essential ele- 
ments of the Organ have been combined with a oortable size, 
and at a far less expense. The Estey Orga. combines valu- 
able improvements attached to no other musical instrument. 

This instrunicnt haathc highest recommendation from those 
who are acquainted with its peculiar features, and has never 
failed to give entire satisfaction. We invite musicians and the 
public to examine and test these Organs. 

From the CATHOLIC MIRROR, Baltimore, Md. 

Acknowledgment.— We cheerfully comply with the re- 
quest of an esteemed correspondent from Hanover, Pa., by 
giving publicity to the following extract from his letter: 

" We (the Catholics) wished to procure a good Organ for 
our little Church of St. Joseph, and, our attention having been 
called to the Estev Cabinet Organ, we purchased one, which, 
having reached Hanover in good order, was duly put up in St. 
Joseph's Church, and tried by our able Organist, Mr. A. J. 
Smith, who pronounced himself well pleased with it. We are 
highly gratified at having secured such a good instrument, and 
think it but right to make this acknowledgment." 




The EsTEv Organs are said to be the most powerful and 
rich-toned instruments now before the public, and the Tremolo 
is perfectly delightful. They are unsurpassed for parlor use. 


New Organ.— The Presbyterian Congregation of Rockville 
have just procured a very fine Estev Cottage Organ, with 
eip, t t-tops. 

This Organ surpasses in tone and power any Cabinet Organ 
heretofore introduced into this community. It has been tested 
by our lovers of music, and gives universal satisfaction. Its 
dynamical compass is really wonderful. By a skillful use of the 
Stops, and of the knee swell, the music is adapted in expression 
to the sentiment of the hymn, ranging from the softest, flute- 
like note to a volume of sound that fills the Church with thrill- 
ing effect. This Organ, in fact, seems to be the ne plus ultra 
for Churches of the ordinary size outside of cities. 

From IRA H, STOUT, Editor St. Louis Journal of Conimeroe, 
St. LoaiR, Mo. 

Referring to the Estev Organ. It is one that will not fail 
to give entire satisfaction, as its valuable improvements and 
mechanical construction fully illustrate the adage — "That 
worth doing at all should be done well," and can cordially en- 
dorse it as the best I have seen. 


\Vhe7t you huy an Organ let it be one of the Estey Cottage 
Organs, which are far in advance of all other reed instruments 
made in this country, ist. Their pure pipe-quality of tone, so 
long sought to be accomplished by other makers, but never 
perfected until the House of Estey & Co. discovered the secret, 
and now apply it in their Cottage Organ. 2d. Quick articula- 
tion, by which the most difficult and rapid musical compositions 
can be performed. 3d. The attachment of the Patent I'ox 
Humana Tremolo — the only perfect one in use. By this beau- 
tiful arrangement the human voice is perfectly imitated, leaving 
nothing to be desired. 4th. Their simplicity of construction 
and durability, not liable to get out of order, so common a 
fault among all others. The most eminent Pipe Organ builders 
and performers pronounce them z'astly superior to all others^ 
and use them in preference. 


A New Organ of Speech. — We all admire a grand Organ, 
(almost as much as we detest and abominate that peripatetic 
nuisance, a hand-organ,) but then an Organ is so cumbersome 
and so costly — fit only for Churches and Boston Music Halls. 
Ah, no ! we forgot that modern contrivance, which comprises 
all the chief features of a Grand Organ without any of its seri- 
ous inconveniences — we mean that neat, popular instrument, a 
Cottage Organ. Yet it is no simple thing, this Cottage Or- 
gan. It is the product of much mechanical skill and high musi- 
cal thought, as is witnessed by its numerous varieties and styles, 
and by the constant improvemnnts taking place in its construc- 
tion. The Estev Cottage Organ is one of the very best. Its 
tones are rich, full and truly Organ-like. The improvements 
combined in this instrument are many and peculiar. The Patent 
Harmonic Attachment, coupling the octaves, thus doubling the 
power without increasing its size. The Patent Manual Suj- 
Bass, bringing into use an independent set of large bass eeds, 
coupled to the manual and controlled by a Stop ; but above all 
the song, the voice given to this Organ by means of the Patent 
Vox Humana Tremolo. In this late improvement lies the great 
charm, the life, the sou! of this Organ. An invention so simple 
and perfect must commend itself to all who delight in a '* con- 
cord of sweet sounds." Hy its means the Organ can be made 
to sing — to all but spealt. It is the only real trevwlo in existence, 
and more closely imitates the human voice tlian any invention 
yet discovered. 


The Masons of this city have purchased, for the use of the 
different bodies that meet in Masonic Hall, a fine Reed Organ, 
from the manufactory of J. Estev & Co. A peculiar and ad- 
mirable feature of this instrument is the I 'ox Humana Tremolo^ 
recently invented and patented. Tremulanls are, usually, in 
Pipe U.S well as Reed Organs, a clattering, superfluous, unman- 
ageable nuisance; offensive to a correct taste, and undesirable 
in every way. This one, however, is as beautiful as the others 
are worthless; being under perfect control as to rapidity, its 
delicate pulsations appeal to the listener with a power and pa- 
thos impossible to resist. 

From the N. Y. IXDEPENOENT. 

Notes at the Fair of the N. Y. State Agricultural So- 
ciETV.— Floral Hall and Domestic Hall never before apper .ed 
so much like an Eden of delight as when every standing was 
occupied by enraptured listeners, drinking into the Heaven- 
born music of EsTEv's Cottage Organ, for which they have 
received the Gold Medal. I have often sung 

" What fairy-like mnaic steals over tjje sea, 

But I must confess I never befo: 
is, or how one feels when the 
want to hear another piano, if 1 ( 
with the Vo. 
a revolving fan pi 

larm melody." 

what *' Charm melody" 
ire entranced. I never 
such a Cottage Organ, 
ta Tremolo Attachment, which consists of 
d just back of the swell of the Organ, and 
which is put in motion by a pedal. There is no use in attempt- 
ing to descnbe this prize instrument. Language fails in ade- 
quacy to convey a fair idea of the perfectly enchanting power 
of such an mstrument. Its transcendant sweetness can never 
be recorded, even by the pen of an angelic being. It must be 
heard in order to be appreciated. I saw old gray-headed, iron- 
sided, stony-hearted Ajaxes, at Saratoga, who consider it un- 
manly to weep, even when they lay a dear friend in his long 
resting place, wiping the unbidden tears, because the entranc- 
ing music not only charmed the ear, but sank into the very 
fountains of life. An old wag wiped his tears, and exclaimed, 
"■They can't beat that in Heaven !" 

From the METHODIST. 

The Cottage Organ, though not taking nore room than 
the Harmonium, has a power, sweetness and variety seldom 
equalled. For the parlor, its sweetness is remarkable ; lor the 
Church, it has a power more Organ-like than anything we havf 


Those who are at all conversant with musical matters must 
have heard of the Estev Organs, which may be said to have 
achieved celebrity in a short time, commanding attention in 
foreign countries as well as at home. 

These makers had noted carefully the imperfections and the 
need of the reed instruments, and directed all their practical 
experience to the correction of such imperfections, and to the 
supplying of these manifest needs. Their experiments have 
resulted in the production of a quality of tone which assimilates 
so closely to the pipe organ quality, that it is difficult to dis- 
tinguish between the two. This is the most important devel- 
opment of the reed instrument, and adapts it to the service of 
the church, and to vocal accomplishments and music at home. 
It combines sweetness and power in a remarkable degree^ and 
must be an established favorite in every family circle where it 
is introduced. 


The Estev Juiulante Organ is now admitted by musical 
critics to be the finest in the world. It has always borne the 
reputation of being a superior instrument, and well up with all 
rivals, but since the invention and application of late improve' 
meats it is without an equal. 



From the GRISWOLD COLLEGIAN, Davenport, Iowa. 

Number 46.— You have no idea what "No. 46" means, 
dear reader, we are sure, and theretore we will graciously in- 
torm you that it is not a formula, mathematical or chemical, 
tut something at once aesthetical and practical. It you would 
lurnish a treat to both your eye and ear. take up the Catalogue 
of EsTEY & Co.'s Organs, and turn to No. 46, you will find it 
represents the Double Bank Harmonic Instrument, with pipe 
organ top, which attracts your glance at once by its remarkable 
beauty. Then sit down for a while and take your fill of the 
delicious music that flows from it, and you will surely thank us 
tor the suggestion. With its wondrous resemblance to the ex- 
pensive pipe organ, both in tone and appearance, it is just what 
is needed in small churches, where the taste of the people is 
in advance of their means. 


The EsTE^' Organ has won its way into public favor by its 
own intrinsic merits, until it 

stands without a rival in the 


The Cabinet Organ is fast becoming a popular instrument. 
So many improvements have been made within a few years, 
that in place of the melodeon with its sameness of tone and ex- 
pression, we have now an instrument capable of producing 
many different styles of music and many varieties of expression. 
Among the many organs now m the field claiming to be first- 
class instruments, the Estev Organ takes the front rank. They 
have all the latest improvements, and in power and richness of 
tone are not excelled. The /'^j.- Jubilante and the Vox Hu- 
mana Trc'fnolo are crowning excellencies in these organs. The 
Vox Jubilante gives an exquisitely beautiful effect, while the 
Vox Humana Tremolo adds a charm that is just the thing 
needed to bring out the beauties of certain passages, and is su- 
perior to other organs in that it is perfectly under the control 
ot the player, instead of depending on the bellows. The Sub 
Bass and Harmonic Attachments addfuUness and power, while 
the swell enables a perfect crescendo and diminuendo to be 
made. Altogether they are a beautiful mstrument. 


EsTEv's Organs.— There are some musical instruments in 
all good societ)' which it is quite as unnecessary to commend 
to public favor as it would be to advise a thoughtful house- 
keeper to always have a barrel of good flour on hand ; and 
among these we class the Estev Organ. Why occupy the 
space in our columns to say that the Messrs. J. Estev & Co., 
of Braltleboro, have exhausted musical skill, ingenuity and 
taste in getting up the most perfect instrument of the kmd 
made— when all know that they have ! 

From the BRUNSWICK TELEGRAPH, Brunswick, Me. 

Music FOR THE MiLLioN.— The firm of J. Estev & Co., 
Brattleboro, V^t., are effecting a radical reform in reed instru- 
ments by the constant improvements which they are making 
in the popular Estev Cottage Organ. They are the inventors 
of the original and genuine Cottage Organs, with Patent 
Manual Sub Bass, Knee Siveil, Organ Bellows, as well as the 
new and beautiful Vox Humana Tremolo, and patent method 
of making their reed boards. They have recently added a new 
and valuable feature, a stop of more commanding effect than 
has been before obtained, which they style the Vox Jubilante. 
Their instruments ar-e all of superior make, tune and finish. It 
does not surprise us, therefore, to learn that they are thronged 
with orders, and are unable to fill them, although crowding 
every operative department to its utmost capacity. The con- 
stant pressure of orders has forced upon the above successful 
hrm the necessity of enlarging the wurkmg capacity of their 
already extensive estabbshment, and additional room for more 
workmen Is now being made to meet the necessity. 


The reputation which the Estev Organ has attained has 
been deservedly won; and we know of no other instrument 
which is capable of emitting such^weet melody, and such a re- 
markable depth and fullness of tone ; and, therefore, we are 
convinced that there is no organ manufactured whicli can com- 
pete with the Estev. 

From the PLYMOUTH (Pa.) STAR. 

Question. — J. Estev & Co., manufacturers of the popular 
Cottage and Harmonic Organs, are finishing and sending out 
m.'ire Organs than any other house in the world. Why is it 
they are constantly from four to six weeks behind their orders, 
when ether houses are ready, at an hour's notice, to fill every 
call ? Reader, let me whisper the answer in your ear, and you 
may tell it to your friends if you choose. It is because a dis- 
cerning, music-loving public have discovered their great su- 
PERioRiTV to all others in the market — superior in power, in 
sweetness and purity of tone — superior in beauty of finish, and 
the CHEAPEST Organ, considering their intrinsic merits, in the 
market. Now a word of advice: See and hear the Estev 
Cottage Organ before you buy any other. 


A Cottage Organ with a Human Voice.— We live in an 
age of music. In no period of the world's history has the 
"melodious art" been more widely, perhaps more wisely, ap- 
preciated and studied than in our own time. The concert has 
become an institution, the opera has attained the position of an 
essential to civilization ; we can boast of Rossini, and Auber, 
and Verdi, as composers, and Listz, Gottschalk, Thalrerg, 
S.\nderson, Mills, Heller and Morgan, as instrumental per- 
formers, while every hou^e in our midst has its " piano," and 
all our Churches, and a goodly proportion of our private dwell- 
ings, also, are blest with that finest of musical instruments, The 
Organ. The only serious objections that have ever prevailed 
as to the general use of the Organ have been its size and its 
cost ; but in the progress of recent improvements these (»bjec- 
tions hav; been altogether obviated. Under the names c%i Me- 
lodeons. Parlor Organs, Cabinet Organs, Cottage Organs, etc., 
the main musical features of the Organ have combined with 
less than the average bulk and expense of a piano. In conse- 
quence Cottage Organs arc now, in musical circles, as it were, 
"the rage." Among the most popular (and deservedly so) of 
Cottage Organs, ranks the Estev Organ. This instrument is 
what it professes to be, an Organ; it \s not a bogus piano, nor 
a hybrid organ, nor an instrument which in trying to combine 
the excellencies of both, falls short of the chief merits of either ; 
but IS simply an organ, reduced in size, but equal in other re- 
spects to the best of its class. The Estev Cottage Organs are 
remarkable alike for the sweetness and power of their tone, 
while in point of clearness of sound they have no superiors. 
But their great especial feature is the new patented improve- 
ment known as the Vox Humana Trejnolo, This is a simple 
fan-like arrangement, which, when put in motion, imparts to 
the music a tremolo admitting of all gradations of swell and 
tone, having in fact almost the expression 0/ the human voice, 
and closely imitating it — being in short the best tremolo ever 
attached to a musical instrument. 


Twenty years ago reed music met with comparatively 
little favor ; but under the watchful care of J acob Estev it has 
attained a wonderful state of perfection. Of the many im- 

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From the PITTSBUBOH POST, Pittsbiirgh, Pa. 

Among the numerous claimants for public favor in the 
Parlor Organ line, the Estey & Co. Cottage Organ is far in 
advance of any yet offered to the public, in this instrument 
alone can be found the pure pipe tones of the Cathedral Organ 
— full, round and sweet. 


J. EsTEV & CoMi'ANY.— Every day the name of Estev is be- 
coming more and more a familiar household word all over the 
land — and morning, noon and night, from thousands of happy 
firesides, sweet sounds of rarest melody float up to bless it. 
Having had occasion recently to visit Brattleboro, Vt., where 
the manufactories of J. Estev & Co. are situated, we took oc- 
casion to visit each of them. To our surprise we found four 
large buildings filled with workmen, and saw the marvellous 
strides modern skill and invention have made. M*e witnessed 
the working of one of the most perfect and complete systems 
of manufacture in the whole country, where the lumber and 
raw material are taken in at one door, in building No. i, pass- 
ing through in regular order, until they come out at building 
No. 4, a most beautiful musical mstruraent— one which chal- 
lenges uncompromising trial and criticism. A more delicious 
combmation of sweetness, purity, and power of tone can 
scarcely be conceived. The wonderful I'ojr Humana Tremolo 
touches the heart with an almost human instinct. The ]'o.v 
Jubilante is a stop most effective and enchanting. The Sub 
Bass, Harmonic Attachment, and other imjirovements, are 
scientifically arranged into one grand whole. We might con- 
tinue, but the truth is, the Estev C" GANssing their own praises 
lar more eloi|uently than any worus ol ours. 


One of the very best of its class, embracing the Cottage, 
Boudoir and Harmonic Organs, whether in the American or 
Foreign Musical Market, is the instrument known as the Estev 
Organ. It embraces many valuable improvements found in 
no others ; but the feature of the Estev Organ is the recently 
patented Vox Humana Tremolo. This, like all other valuable 
inventions, is simple, consisting of a revolving fan, which, in 
motion, imparts to the tone a tremulous effect, closely imitating 
the human voice — more closely than any other invention yet 
known to the musical world. It changes the reed tone, giving 
much of the sympathetic effect of the human voice. It can be 
modified, increased or lowered at will, and affords really a 
magnificent tremolo. 


J. Estev & Co.— Shakespeare has defined music to be "a 
concord of sweet sounds," and since the days of the mythologi- 
cal Pan, who invoked "harmonies sweet" from the rude 
reeds, there has been no vehicle of sound more symphonious 
and enchanting than the Estev Organ, which, in musical cir- 
cles, is justly regarded as the invention of the age. Experts 
and critics, who worship at the shrine of the "Sacred Nine," 
with one accord declare that the Organs which bear the im- 
print of J. Estev & Co. arc unsurpassed and unsurpassable; 
and the thousand of testimonials to the beauty and perfection 
of the Cottage Organs which monthly issue from the work- 
shops of this esteemed firm, are so precise and explicit in their 
character, as to leave no more room for scepticism i 
the qualitv and efficiency of the instruments they produce. 

Every Instrument Fully Warranted. 


THESE Works are situated on Birge Street, in the beautiful Village of Brattleboro, Vermont. In 
1869, finding that we must enlarge our already extensive works, in order to keep pace with the great 
demand for Instruments of our make, we purchased a large tract of land suitable for Factories, Dry Houses 
and Lumber Yards, and proceeded at once to erect the most complete and extensive Reed Organ Factories 
in the world. 

The Works consist of Eight main factories, placed in a row, fronting Birge Street, forty feet apart, each 
one hundred feet long and three stories high, varying from thirty to thirty-eight feet in width, according to the 
work to be done in them. The Dry-Houses are placed in the rear of the main factories, and are two in num- 
bet, of a capacity to hold several hundred thousand feet of lumber, enough to insure an ample supply of well 
seasoned material at all times. 

In the rear of building No. 4 is a fire-proof Engine and Boiler-House, containing six large boilers, of 
three hundred horse power, furnishing steam for the engine and heat for the buildings. The Engine is of the 
celebrated Corliss patent, and of one hundred horse power. 

From the office there goes out a net-work of speaking-tubes, bringing all parts of the establishment into 
mstantaneous communication with it. 

On each floor of every building is placed a row of water pails filled with water. Two dozen Portable 
Fire Extinguishers are also distributed throughout the difTerent rooms. For greater security against fire, a 
first-class Steam Fire Engine, of the Amoskeag pattern, named " J. Estey," is kept on the premises ready for 
use at a moment's warning. A company selected from the workmen are regulady drilled in its management. 
Thus it will be seen that as great care and precaution have been taken as human foresight can devise. 

In fact, everything has been done that skill and capital can do to secure the comfort, convenience and 
health of the workmen, and the safety, perfection and economical working of the establishment. 

Other improvements are being made and buildings erected to carry out the grand scheme projected by 
the Messrs. Estey & Co., in order to furnish instruments in sufficient numbers to meet the great demand of 
the public. 

In this circular, we give the facts as they are, and have not detailed prospective things as already exist- 
ing, but it may be of interest to our friends if we here note a few additional facts. Since the erection of the 
Estey Organ Works in their present locality on Birge Street, new streets have been opened in this part of 
the town, and there has grown up about us a large village called Esteyville, which for beauty of location is 
raiely equalled. The fine streets and elegant houses show that thrift and industry reign supreme. 

The Estey Organ Works are now the most extensive in the world, over five hundred workmen being 
employed. No other Organ has attained an equal popularity or has been produced on so extensive a scale. 
Gradually, year by year we have advanced, keeping pace with the music of the age, until the