Keeping the sounds of the past alive in the present

  • 1999-11-25
  • By Joseph Enge
ILUMAE - It is said of some people that their work is their life. For 62-year-old Mihkel Ploom, this is literally true, as he strives to keep Estonia's historic organs from becoming casualties of time and neglect. Throughout Estonia, one can find German and Estonian organs that are rarely found in the West, where they were long ago replaced with newer models. The manufacturers include Sauer, Walker, Normann and Muelversted of Germany, in addition to the Estonian Kriisa, Terkmann and Thal models. The first organs made in Estonia were made in the 18th century by Hans Mango. Lacking resources ...
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