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Trueman Organs
Peter Trueman, 2 Arridge Road, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6HQ, England.
Tel. +44 (0) 1332 673010

Peter Trueman started to build small street organs in the late 1980s. His first model was a 21-note organ playing cardboard books. This used the English 20-note scale first introduced by Mike Dean and popularised by Paul McCarthy. The 21st note operated a bell.

Peter Trueman's organs were instantly popular, as they were very well built and excellent value for money. The cost was kept down by not having overly-decorated cases, but the pipework and action were of top quality.  Indeed Trueman actions are reknown for their sensitivity and extremely fast repetition.

Peter has gone on to develop a 5-register model of his organ, which includes a glockenspiel. He also makes paper roll organs, and roll and book-playing reed organs.

21-Note Standard (book player)
This organ has 21 notes plus a bell. All pipework is stopped flutes, with two ranks of bourdons on the melody.

A glockenspiel can be added to this organ if required.

Case in antique stain or painted, with flower decoration

Dimensions: Width 18", Height 28", Depth 14", Weight 38 pounds.

21-Note Single Slider (book player)
As the Standard model, but with an extra rank of switchable open flute pipes on the melody.

21-Note Twin Sliders (book player)
As the Standard model but with an extra rank of open flutes, and a rank of violins.

21-Note Three Sliders (book player)
As above, but with all three ranks on sliders.

21-Note Four Sliders (book player)
As the Standard model, but with two ranks bourdon celeste, one rank of violins, one rank of open flutes, and a 9-note glockenspiel. Extra bass pipes.

20-Note Reed Organ (book player)
This organ is fitted with reeds instead of pipes, producing a loud sound in a smaller case. The organ valves can be seen working on the front of the organ. Double reeds are fitted on the melody

Case in antique stain or painted, with flower decoration

Dimensions: Width 18", Height 15.5", Depth 14", Weight 28 pounds.

20-Note Reed Organ (roll player)
As above, but playing standard 20-note rolls.

26-Note Reed Organ (roll player)
A reed organ playing standard 20-note rolls, and also the enhanced 26-note rolls. This organ has 26 working valves on the front, in 2 rows of 13.

Case in antique stain or painted, with flower decoration.

Dimensions: Width 18", Height 15.5", Depth 14", Weight 30 pounds.

20-Note Busker Organ (roll player)
This is a light and portable roll-playing organ that can be carried around on a shoulder strap. The organ has 20 pipes, and plays standard 20-note rolls. The total weight is just under 18 pounds, which includes the music roll. Both the turning and rewind handles are on the side of the organ.

Case in antique stain or painted, with flower decoration

Dimensions: Width 16.5", Height 13.5", Depth 11", Weight 18 pounds.

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