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BuilderID 1206

Builder Identification

Hartford, Connecticut, 1916.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    Brand name of small pipe organ made by the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, 1916.


    • The Diapason July, 1916, 2.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 17, 2018. -

    The Austin Organ Company introduced the Chorophone in June 1916. A small organ designed for the low end of the organ market, it had two manuals and four ranks (Bourdon, Dolce, Open Diapason, and Viole; 316 pipes), which were extended to provide 27 stops ranging in pitch from 16' to 2'. The contract for the first Chorophone, opus 663, for the First Christian Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania (OHS Database ID 11739), was signed on July 5, 1916. In all, 129 Chorophones were built. The last contract for a Chorophone was signed on January 8, 1940, opus 2031, for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Washington, Connecticut (OHS Database ID 12959); the string rank in this organ was named Salicional rather than Viole.


    • Orpha Ochse, Austin Organs ([Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 2001), 185-87, 562-85 ("Opus List”; Chorophone organs are marked "C,” and Special Chorophones are marked "C+”).

Database Entries

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