|Deagan Organ Chimes|
The Deagan company was at the height of production in the early 20th century; a period remarkable for American creativity and imagination in an industrial age. As J. C. Deagan created many instrument designs and patents, there were some that did not achieve immense popularity but that are examples of this American ingenuity. Considered "novelty" instruments, some of them are the nabimba, aluminum harp, tuned sleighbells, musical rattles, tapaphone, tubaphone, metal bamboos, unaphone, octaphone, musical coins, and organ chimes.
Perhaps it was that the instrument is so large and exotic, but the organ chimes were one such musical novelty that were not manufactured in great numbers and not beyond the early 1920's. A similar fate met the nabimba; Deagan's large scale version of the African or Guatemalan marimba with a distinctive tone caused by membranes capping the top of each resonator tube. Only about fifty of these were made and are consequently now an extremely rare find.
The chimes were made in both nickel plated (organ chimes) and aluminum (aluminum chimes) sets with ranges varying from 1 1/2 octaves (15 chimes) to 4 octaves (49 chimes). The sets are suspended on a floor rack with the larger sets requiring two. Aside from the metal used, the only other difference between the organ and aluminum chimes is that each note of the organ chimes contain 4 notes each tuned an octave apart and the aluminum chimes each contain 3 notes. In the 4 octave set (5410, 5510), the lowest note is the G sounding 1 1/2 octaves below middle C and is massive in size.
|Instrument||Model Number||Octaves & Range||No. of Chimes||Tuning|
|Organ Chimes||5400||1.5 F-C||20||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5500||1.5 F-C||20||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5402||2 C-C||25||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5502||2 C-C||25||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5404||2 C-C (PLUS LOW F, G / HIGH D)||28||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5504||2 C-C (PLUS LOW F, G / HIGH D)||28||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5406||2.5 F-C||32||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5506||2.5 F-C||32||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||???||2.5 C-F (PLUS LOW F, G)||32|
|Organ Chimes||5407||3 1/8 E-F||38||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5507||3 1/8 E-F||38||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5408||3.5 C-G||44||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5508||3.5 C-G||44||Low Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5410||4 G-G||49||High Pitch|
|Organ Chimes||5510||4 G-G||49||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5416||1.5 F-C (diatonic)||15||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5516||1.5 F-C (diatonic)||15||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5418||1.5 F-C||20||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5518||1.5 F-C||20||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5420||2 C-C||25||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5520||2 C-C||25||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5422||2 C-C (PLUS LOW G / HIGH D)||27||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5522||2 C-C (PLUS LOW G / HIGH D)||27||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5424||2.5 F-C||32||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5524||2.5 F-C||32||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5426||3 F-F||37||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5526||3 F-F||37||Low Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5430||3.5 C-G||44||High Pitch|
|Aluminum Chimes||5530||3.5 C-G||44||Low Pitch|
Aluminum Chimes Model 5522 - High Note "D"
Aluminum Chimes Model 5522 - Low Note "G"