1094 Revere Ave, Space A-14
San Francisco CA 94124

(415) 824-2851
E-mail: jim.tyler@sonic.net

——— Repairs — Rentals — Restorations ———

(Open only by appointment)



After twenty years of being The Reed Organ Man, it is time to retire (for the second time). It has been fun, but my old bod is telling me it is time to finish up the many projects still awaiting my attention, and then get some rest. Accordingly, I am taking on no new work.

In Oregon, call Terry Lambert at (541)337-6160. In the Sacramento area, Bill Hardy does reed organ rebuilds and repairs. Call him at (530)906-8885, or email hardypiano@gmail.com For referrals elsewhere, tell me where you are and I'll try to connect you with someone competent.

If you are in the business and want to be added to this list, get in touch. And if you want to take over my business and become the next Reed Organ Man, by all means give me a call.

Keep your eyes on the For Sale section as I complete many organs in my inventory.


After some 40 years restoring reed organs as a hobby, Jim Tyler has, in early retirement, opened a 2500-square-foot facility devoted to the repair and refurbishment of reed organs, melodeons and harmoniums.

Ever a “Mr. Fixit,” Jim takes particular pleasure in converting what many might consider “a piece of junque” into the musical instrument it was intended to be when built. This often requires fabricating new parts, since there is NO “supply” of materials for repairing reed organs beyond the basic leather and felt.

The Reed Organ Man was recently featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a past President of the Reed Organ Society and is currently editor of the Reed Organ Society Quarterly.

     Here are some photos of the new shop (click on them for larger views):


Sections and Features in this Web Site:

The Restoration Gallery shows a few examples of Jim’s recent work, and the For Sale section shows some instruments that have been refurbished and are in need of new homes and owners to cherish and play them.

What makes The Reed Organ Man tick? Here are a few of his pet diversions.

Evidence of an early interest in reed organs: Jim watches Trudi Dickson play a much-abused Estey at Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, when he was about 8 years old.



Restoration Gallery
Vocalion Restoration
For Sale
"Aunt Maude" series


To learn more about reed organs and related instruments, and about the Reed Organ Society, the Reed Organ Society website contains a wealth of information along with links to other reed organ sites.

If you are looking for service in the bay area for an electronic organ (one that has a cord that plugs into the wall outlet) contact Rod Camp in Livermore.


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