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BuilderID 2542

Builder Identification

New Haven, Connecticut, 1898–1940s.

Additional Notes

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

    Hall Organ Co. succeeded the partnership of Harrison & Hall; it was established by Harry Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, 1898; he relocated to West Haven, Connecticut; and incorporated the firm in 1912. Hall sold the firm, it was controlled by the Welte Corp. and Estey-Welte Corp., 1925–1927. Raymond H. Clarke was the last owner; he closed the business in the late 1940s.

    Staff: Eugene Braun; Joseph H. Brunner; Frederick Campkin; Charles F. Chadwick; William R. Dorr; C. B. Floyd; Herbert C. Harrison; Edwin E. Haslam; Charles Jack; W. B. Lowry; H. J. Milliman; F. A. Moesch; Clifford R. North; Edward H. North; George A. North; Frank Symmes; Charles Wales; Samuel R. Warren; H. R. Yarroll.

    Sources:

    • The Diapason December 1926, 3.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 156.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 676.
    • Barbara Owen.
    • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades).
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  • Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, August 20, 2017. —

    The relationship between Hall and Estey-Welte was more complex than the summary in the previous note would indicate, it was a mutual venture with each side retaining some independence rather than an outright purchase.

    In 1925, Estey-Welte president George Gittins took two steps to ensure that the Welte Organ subsidiary would have sufficient capacity for his expansion plans: he hired R. P. Elliot of the Kimball firm of Chicago, Illinois to manage the Welte production facility, and he also entered into an agreement with the Hall Organ Company of West Haven, Connecticut. As a result of this agreement, Welte obtained access to Hall’s manufacturing capabilities in exchange for Hall’s obtaining access to Welte’s player device.

    The Hall-Welte association resulted in interlocking directorates between the two firms although each firm kept its own nameplate. It was not a successful arrangement: there were tensions between Welte and Hall over assignment of contracts to one firm or the other, and Welte complained of the quality of Hall’s pipes, culminating in Elliot setting up an in-house pipe shop for Welte. The Hall-Welte association was dissolved by mutual consent in June, 1927.

    Source:

    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 676–677.

Database Entries

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