The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 15

Builder Identification

Los Angeles, California, 1961–1994.

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 Richard L. Abbott and Pete Sieker, Los Angeles, California, 1961.

    Staff: Winfried Banzhaf; Michael L. Bigelow; Greg Harrold; Mark Hotsenpiller, René A. Marçeau.

    Source:

    • Information contained in a letter to the author.
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  • From the OHS Database, Builders Listing Editor. Updated Jan 1, 2016 with information from sources listed below. —

    Larry Abbott and Pete Sieker met while both were working at Pipe Organs, Inc. (an off shoot of the Kilgen firm) in Los Angeles, California in 1958. They formed the firm Abbott and Sieker in 1961 building and rebuilding mostly mechanical key action organs. In the 1960s, the firm employed about ten craftsmen, the economic slowdown of the 1970s forced the firm to build on a smaller scale. During its existence, the firm built 115 organs in Southern California. The company strove to build organs with a fine ensemble and housed in cases that were harmonious with their architectural environment.1

    Employees who eventually started their own organbuilding businesses include Michael Bigelow, Richard Bond, Greg Harrold, and Manual Rosales.2

    Sources:

    1. Pete Sieker, "Abbott & Sieker" in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (New York: Psychology Press, 2006), pp.1–2.
    2. Sieker, "Abbott & Sieker" p.2.

       

  • For further information, see Richard Larry Abbott and Pete Sieker

Database Entries

There are 55 entries in the database that describe organs by Abbott & Sieker.


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