News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Estey Organ Co. of Brattleboro, built its 100,000 reed organ in 1880 and sent it on its way. It’s baaaaaaaaack. A building demolisher near Pittsburgh found the organ in an old mansion, gave it to his son who then sold it. This particular organ was a Grand Salon model, covered with detailed carving, said the Brattleboro Reformer. It lost its original top sometime during the 130 years since it left the company, but is still in playing condition. Each organ has a different sound and the reeds incorporated into this organ gave it a grander sound."Every time we restore one…it’s like bringing something back to life," said Nelson Schneider of the Estey Organ Bees. Once it is restored, No. 100,000 will be sent on it way for other generations to appreciate.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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