Comments & Reviews
Harold Draper restored my Gem Roller Organ. He worked wonders and now the organ is gorgeous. I have played all my favorite cobs and they sound great. I am so glad to have the organ in such beautiful condition.
I would like to take a moment to enthusiastically endorse the services of Mr. Harold Draper. To him, I sent a Mandolina which would barely wheeze; and in short order, I received a beautifully restored instrument which plays with excellent tone and strength.
Mr. Draper's work is simply stunning. I recommend this gentleman to anyone who wishes to have a top quality restoration completed for their organette.
FIVE STAR SERVICE--and many thanks.
Mr. Draper, is an absolute wizard at restoring roller organs. I was extremely pleased with the beautiful job that he did on mine. It looks and plays much better than when I originally purchased it.
To those considering the use of Harold's services I can only say is... what are you waiting for! When it comes to organettes he knows his stuff and takes pride in the work he does. I have personally met him and had him work on 3 different machines and found the work excellent. He completely inside and out restored a concert roller organ for me and it looks and plays just like new. Down to earth fella with very reasonable prices. A++++
Owner/Operator of A Step Back In Time Music Box Repair
Your restoration of our Concert Roller Organ came out beautifully, sounds amazing, and the Historical Society is ecstatic. The cleaning you did was so good, Emily was convinced you repainted it. She couldn't believe the quality of the restoration job and is excited to show the organ to the original donor.
I myself, am now wanting an organette for the home! Thanks again for doing such a quality job for us. We cannot recommend you enough.
Jacksonville Historical Society
Harold did a fantastic job on my 14 note Jubal. It was in pretty bad shape when I gave it to him. I couldn't believe it when I picked it up. It looked like it was new. He is a true artist.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Harold for the work he did in restoring our old roller organ. Did a great job and now plays, I am sure, like it did when it was new.
Roseville Historical Society
557 Lincoln Street
Roseville, Calif. 95678
My husband & I found this little Gem Organ in my parent's basement, dated 1907. It had 110 years of dirt on it. We sent it to Harold & what a great job he did & fast turn around. He does excellent work!
The second organette Harold has restored for us is a 36-key "Giant" Ariston. Even though it is rare and he had to figure out the missing linkages and make some reproduction parts, the organette turned out fantastic. It was in terrible shape when we rescued it from a defunct antique store, but now we are proud to show it off to our friends.
Mike & Sandy
I have the very good fortune of living about 45 minutes from Harold. I have visited him numerous times and seen his work firsthand. He is a miracle worker with any organette that reaches his shop...! He can take a rotted, crumbling reed block and create a new one! He seems to have the knowledge and resources to reproduce/repair whatever is missing on any organette. I have had him restore a number of my organettes and all have ended up playing beautifully. He has restored some he had not even done before, as my double reed Amabile, an Orchestrionette, and a tiny Piccolo. All play and look great now. Harold works until everything is just right...I can attest to that having seen and talked with him. He is indeed a treasure to those of us who have need of organette repair!
Harold did a wonderful restoration on my Concert Roller Organ. It looks great, sounds great and I played it so much my wife went shopping.
I and my siblings got this gem roller organ back in the 40's we had a make believe cafe in the trees behind the house, and we had this organ for our juke box, for music , after playing in the cafe we left it outside, and it rained that evening, and no one would go out and get it . It got ruined all the wood and veneer came apart on it . But I rescued it but needs to be rebuilt, my grandparents and uncles and aunts had played with it back in the early 1900's
In the summer oh 2013, My dear aunt Verna gave me my granny's "crank organ". I have loved this organ as long as I could remember; every now & again (on special occasions) granny would let us (the 4 grandchildren) turn the crank, with adult supervision. Now 35 years later, I am the proud owner, of the one item of my granny's that I adored All my life. My roller organ is a "concert roller organ" with September 10, 1906 stamped on the bottom of the bellows. When I received the organette, The bellows no longer held air & my granny put duct tape over the little holes, & some of the little pads were gone & such. I wanted it to be totally restored keeping it as original as possible. Harold did a wonderful job!! I can't sing is praises enough . .. When we arrived to pick it up Harold told us, in detail, everything he did, my husband had questions & Harold happily answered them. To this day, I tell everyone who will listen about my fabulous organette & the most awesome man that restored it. My granny & my dad were both originally from Missouri, so I felt a connection when going back, meeting Harold & picking up my "crank organ". Thank you Harold for making my organ complete & for bring back a little part if my family' history. I can't thank you enough!! God's Blessings to you & your family!
My wife bought me a gem roller organ for Christmas, but it need some attention. My wife and I found Harold on the internet and he made our organ sing. His workmanship is exquisite. It plays like new. Thanks, Harold, for making my Christmas very special!
Wow! Thanks for restoring my musette! Harold knows just what to do and how to repair these great mechanical music machines! It is so great to have access to his expertise! He made my mute box play beautifully!
Roller organs are a fun hobby, and Harold is keeping it alive.These machines are as pleasing to the eye as to the ear. When it comes to good communication, good craftsmanship, prompt and safe delivery, you can't go wrong with Harold.
Having purchased a nice walnut Concert Roller Organ and now looking for a 24 note Ariston, this is the number one source for items and parts.
Harold, you have done a magnificent job restoring my Concert Roller Organ and I am thrilled. My great niece, to whom I am passing it along, will have such a wonderful time playing it. I took pre-and post-restoration photos and she will be amazed at how beautiful it now looks, and that it plays now! I had a chance to play a few cobs before I shipped it to her, and it was WONDERFUL!
Thank you again so much for the craftsman you are!
Harold does a fantastic job restoring these old crank organs. I bought a Gately 14 note from him & am very pleased with his work.
We received the Organette today. WOW! What an amazing job you did on this instrument. Everyone that has heard it is impressed with the sound and workings. We ordered up 3 music rolls from Pipes Of Pan, so had them ready to play as soon as we unwrapped the organette. Woe to any client that rents this out and messes it up!
We’re so excited about this that we will come up with a prominent display spot in our music department. Again, than you so much for your help and tremendous job. Well worth the investment!
History For Hire
What a beautiful piece of work, Harold. Our organette was a big challenge we know and we are so happy to have it on display in our home. Each time we play it, it brings tears to the eyes and so many memories of our grandparents and our childhood. Visitors to our home can not believe what a wonderful job you did restoring it. We will cherish it always and pass it on to our children in the future. We thank you so much for sharing your expertise and for handling our treasure with care.
Bev & Dwight