The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1301

Builder Identification

Johnson City, Tennessee, 1979-1984 as Kimber-Allen, from 1984 as R.A. Colby, Inc.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Son of Robert C. Colby; established organ supply firm in Johnson City, Tennessee; associated with Kimber-Allen firm, c.1984-1986; active in 1989.


    • Letter to David H. Fox.
    • John Panning.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 2, 2016. -

    Begun as an adjunct to an organ builder in 1974 as Kimber-Allen, Inc, the firm was established as a separate business in 1979 in Johnson City, Tennessee. The name was changed to R.A. Colby in 1984.

    The firm began building complete organs as well as continuing to be a supplier of parts. They are frequently contracted to build new consoles. In addition to organs and parts, the firm builds custom church furniture and provides ecclesiastical artwork in carved wood.


Database Entries

There are 29 entries in the database that describe organs by Roger A. Colby, Inc.

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis

Rebuilder's Nameplate. Photograph by James R. Stettner