The instruments that we use to create music can sometimes be just as much works of art as the music they produce.  We’re heading back today to the Metchosin Pioneer Museum where we were given after-hours access to the entire facility for our photo-shoot from our best friends dad, The Curator.  This post is a continuation of our series “The Antiques Toad Show“.

As the Mudpuppy and myself were working our way through the upstairs section of the Museum, shooting all sorts of interesting finds, we came across something wonderful and unexpected.  We found ourselves an old, antique organ.

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Now, there is no argument that it has been quite the while since anyone last tickled these ivories to pull out some of the rich and wonderful tones that are hidden in this classic instrument.  But it is no less a complete work of art because of this.  The fine craftsmanship that goes into the design and creation of an instrument like this is a dying art itself.  Even as time begins the process of reclaiming all the individual components that go into the creation of such an instrument, beauty remains behind in the gentle wear marks that are found on the keys and the levers.  Each one of these marks represents someone lovingly caressing the keys, drawing warm and beautiful sounds out through the direct connection between the organ and it’s player.  In essence the player becomes one with the instrument itself, and through this process the magic of music emits.

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The fronts of some of the keys have since fallen off, and one of the black keys has fallen in…  yet still, the beauty in both the form and the silence it now articulates is nothing short of a siren’s song.

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Organ - Metchosin Pioneer Museum, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

What wonderful wear marks we see in these Mouse Proof Pedals.  Whose feet pumped these pedals, emanating the dulcimer tones that come from such an incredible old instrument?  Did folks gather around the organ during family get-togethers and holidays to fill the house with music, laughter and joy?  Or was this piece a cornerstone to a local church?  No matter what it’s story, we were glad to be a part of it.

Life is short my friends, and although this fabulous old organ no longer spins its tales for everyone to enjoy, all of its stories remain locked within.  It’s up to us through the act of remembrance to keep the spirit alive.  This is a note that we can all feel resonate within us, if only we listen for it.

We really do appreciate your visit here today, thanks for taking the time.  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.



  1. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Awesome shots, Toad!
    Love these old instruments, which are such rare finds these days. You’ve done a great job processing and presenting these for us to enjoy. I recently posted a similar model organ from around 1900 to 1910 (http://jimijonesvisuals.com/played-out/).

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Good Lord, my friend, did we shoot the same organ?? Thanks so very kindly for your visit and for leaving us these great comments! It really means an awful lot to us!

  2. avatar Edith Levy says:

    I love these old organs. Beautifully shot Toad.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks Edith, we really appreciate your visit here today! Your ongoing support is something that means an awful lot to us!!

  3. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Love that third image,the wear on those pedals is top shelf mate!Great job,thanks for sharing Toad

  4. Love the foot pedals shot. My fave. Awesome of you guys to find this gem.

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Wonderful continuation of the “toad show” Toad. Love the textures, grit and detail. I love those pedals

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      That just means so very much to us here, Len, thanks kindly for your visit and most wonderful comments my friend!!

  6. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Very cool shots of a classic my friend.

  7. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Always get some good story telling here! Looks like that organ has had plenty of use. Nice details, Toad!

  8. avatar Jim Nix says:

    oh yeah that’s awesome Toad, nice work!

  9. Maybe nobody has played tones from that fantastic piece for some time but you have certainly captured its tones very well in another great piece Toad. I was easily able to imagine the plains dress wearing school marm with her long slender fingers poised over the keys ready to unleash a masterpiece of classical writing.

    so bye bye miss american pie……….

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      What fabulous comments here, Mike!! I really love your thoughts, talk about bringing a smile to my face here! Thanks so much for your ongoing support and friendship Mike, we really appreciate it so much.

  10. avatar Adam Allegro says:

    Beautifully said Mr. Toad :) Lovely subject for a post – I can only imagine the memories this antique has stored inside. Well done once again my friend :)

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks ever so much there, Adam, we really do appreciate all your kindness & support my friend!!

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