The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2541

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, 1846–1868.

Additional Notes

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

    Partnership of Thomas Hall and John Labagh in New York City, New York, 1846–1868; succeeded by Hall, Labagh & Co.

    Staff: Benjamin Hadden; Samuel S. Hamill; Henry A. Leaman; John G. Marklove; Robert M. Mohr; Arnolph Polster; (Bernard Reilly?); Hilborne L. Roosevelt.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 279.
    • John Ogasapian, Organ Building in New York City 1700-1900 (Braintree, MA: The Organ Literature Foundation 1977), 52.
    • The Tracker 30:2 (Spring, 1986), 15.

  • Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, August 20, 2017. —

    Thomas Hall: American organ builder of English birth. "The tonal design of Hall's early instruments exhibit the English influence typical of the period. Great divisions were built on open and stopped unison Diapasons with an Octave, Twelfth, Fifteenth, sometimes an independent Tierce, and one or two Mixtures, probably containing Tierce ranks. Swell divisions are smaller, based again on stopped and open unison ranks. with Octave and Superoctave stops, and solo voices. [A few of Hall's organs had independent ranks on the pedal] ...however most of Hall's organs had pull-down pedals."

    Similarly, the later Hall and Labagh organs follow the period's pattern of American organ building, English Style choruses gave way increasingly to varied solo colors, increased dynamic levels, and larger scales. Pedal divisions had few independent ranks, usually no more than three or four, even on large instruments."


    • John K. Ogasapian, "Hall, Thomas." in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), 238.

Database Entries

There are 76 entries in the database that describe organs by Hall & Labagh.

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