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BuilderID 1548

Builder Identification

Tonawanda, New York, 1956–1996.

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 Eugene Burmaster and Robert Colby in Tonawanda, New York, 1956; owned by Colby family, 1967; active in 1989.

    Staff: Raymond Colby; Robert J. Kaiser; William Milligan.

    Sources:

    • Letter to David H. Fox.
    • American Organist: Apr. 1989:94.
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  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 18, 2016. —

    Timeline of Company History

    1956 - Delaware Organ Co. founded by Robert Colby with two partners in Tonowanda NY.
    1970 - Roger Colby, son of Robert, joined the firm full time.
    1976 - Roger Colby formed Kimber-Allen Inc, as a distributor for a British supply firm making electrical components for organs.
    1978 - Raymond Colby, son of Roger, began working full time in the family firm.
    1979 - Roger Colby relocated to Johnson City TN to expand Kimber-Allen, Raymond remains in Tonowanda with Delaware Organ Co.
    1984 - Roger forms R.A. Colby, Inc. in Johnson City TN, Kimber-Allen turned over to British management
    1989 - Robert Colby retires, Raymond Colby assumes control of the firm
    1996 - Raymond Colby closed Delaware Organ Co. and relocated to Johnson City Tennessee to continue the growth of R.A. Colby Inc.

    Source:

    • R.A. Colby, http://www.racolby.com/, Accessed Nov 11, 2015.

Database Entries

There are 24 entries in the database that describe organs by Delaware Organ Co.


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Builder's Nameplate. (and organ history) Photograph by John Novak

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Joe Dietterich