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BuilderID 1548

Builder Identification

Tonawanda, New York, 1956-1996.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed., by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). Edited for the OHS Online Database, 2017. -

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

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


    • Letter to David H. Fox.
    • The American Organist: April 1989 (American Guild of Organists), 94.

  • 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, New York.
    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, Tennessee to expand Kimber-Allen, Raymond remains in Tonowanda with Delaware Organ Co.
    1984 - Roger forms R.A. Colby, Inc. in Johnson City Tennessee, 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.


    • R.A. Colby,, Accessed Nov 11, 2015.

Database Entries

There are 33 entries in the database that describe organs by Delaware Organ Co.

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Joe Dietterich

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