I have owned and enjoyed several really musical and enjoyable Esteys, of the "Philharmonic" series, utilizing very large and super high-quality reeds. My latest project is not one of those, however. I acquired a model that I knew about from books but had never encountered in real life, the Salon Model D of 1908.
It has the brass label denoting that it was sold at a music dealer in Breslau, Germany. That city just so happens to have been the location of a pivotal siege and battle in the last months of the second World War. When I got this organ it was damaged and quite broken. I was at first puzzled by several clumsy repairs to the vox humana turbine, the sub bass chest and the case. With closer inspection, I concluded that they were repairs of bullet holes. In addition, the RH end of the case still bore pieces of iron shrapnel and glass embedded in the wood. The fretwork above the stopboard and the music desk were missing/broken. One swell shutter and a section of soundboard also had damage, but I can't say whether it was a bullet or a cabinet screw that became a projectile as the bullet entered and struck it. There were three entry holes on the RH end, and two exit "wounds" on the LH , and it appears that one of the exits is actually two holes 1/2" apart.
So I set about fixing the damage.