The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 125

Builder Identification

Methuen, Massachusetts ca. 1950–1970; Lawrence, Massachusetts from 1970.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997) —

    Established by Thomas W. Byers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1948; relocated to Methuen, Massachusetts, around 1950. Charles B. Fisk became a partner in 1955, and then sole owner sometime between 1958 and 1960. Firm continued by Robert J. Reich and Leo Constantineau; relocated to Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1970. Active in 2016.

    Staff (1997):
    Paul F. Byron; Peter T. Cameron; Rodney Degner; Hermann Greunke; Timothy Hawkes; Richard Hedgebeth; Frank G. Johnson; Benjamin S. Mague; Edward J. Mallon; Fay Morlock; John W. Morlock; Robert C. Newton; Fritz Noack; Donald H. Olson; Donald E. Reich; Robert J. Reich; Willard Reily {Reilly?}; Clark Rice; Bradley Rule; James C. Taylor; Charles Wahlgren; David E. Wallace; Gary Wright; Lawrence Young.

    Sources:

    • Organ Handbook: 1989 (OHS) 2.
    • American Organist Jan, 1983:36.
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  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing Editor, May 23, 2016. —

    Andover Organ Company was founded in 1948 as a result of the Andover Organ Institute, a summer school held at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, which reintroduced mechanical, or tracker, action organs into the USA. The company began by maintaining and rebuilding old tracker organs and was one of the first to begin saving 18th and 19th century American organs.

    In 1959, Andover built one of the first new tracker organs by a US firm since the 1930s. In 1964 the firm carried out the world’s first re-trackerization of an electrified tracker organ.

    Staff (2015):
    Benjamin G. Mague, President; Ryan Bartosiewicz; Matthew Bellocchio; Anne J. Doré; Michael W. Eaton; Donald Glover; Andrew Hagberg; Lisa Lucius; Benjamin G. Mague; Tony Miscio; Felicia (Fay) Morlock; John Morlock; Robert C. Newton; Donald H. Olson; Jonathan Ross; Craig A. Seaman; David Zarges

    Sources:

    1. Andover Organ Co. “Our Company & People” http://www.andoverorgan.com/history.php, accessed September 6, 2015.

  • External Link: Andover Organ Co.

Database Entries

There are 209 entries in the database that describe organs by Andover Organ Co.


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Nameplate. Photograph by Keith Taylor

Builder's nameplate. Photograph by Douglas P. Ulwick

Original Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Rebuilder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook

Builder's Nameplate (1978). From the Dedicatory Recital program; image courtesy of James R. Stettner

Original Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Len Levasseur

Left Drawknobs and Rebuilder's Nameplate. Photograph by Len Levasseur