Dear members of this forum. Sorry to write in English.
I’m a Portuguese organist and begun my musical studies in a seminary where I begun playing daily masses with 13 years old in old harmoniums, almost of them with suction system. Our big church, reserved only for big celebrations, has a “old” Ruffatti form the 60’s where the conservatory classes had the organ classes. In the middle of the church there was also an harmonium, but the very few times I played it, I found it very hard to play, I was a boy. It was difficult to keep a steady wind pressure. The old priest who gave us piano classes said to me: “oh boy, this is a French harmonium, you must pay attention”. I did understand it was a special one, but didn’t pay attention it.
Well, after almost 30 years, I was invited to play the harmonium part of Schreker symphony with orchestra, and of course I returned to the seminary to practice on that harmonium. Arrived there, the instrument at the same place as ever, lonely in the darkness. Opened it and.... it’s a MUSTEL!! My city has a Mustel from around 1909 and I’ve never noticed it!! Is it even possible??
The instrument is almost in original state, the case was given a treat 20 years ago, wood inside is perfect. Some things need easy restoring, the tunning almost perfect, very few mute reeds. It has still a glorious sound, even without use! Incredible!
Now I need your help. I want to investigate how many Mustel organs exits or existed in portugal. For that I need the Mustel factory records showing the instruments sold to other countries and the names of the buyers and/or retailers.
Does anyone know where to find it?
Thanks a lot!