The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2743

Builder Identification

Louisville, Kentucky, 1884–1944.

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). -

    Established [as H. Pilcher & Sons] by Henry Pilcher [II] and sons Henry W. and William E. Pilcher in Louisville, Kentucky, 1874; renamed Henry Pilcher's Sons, 1884; incorporated 1925; acquired by M. P. Möller firm of Hagerstown, Maryland, 1944.

    Staff: Louis F. Adams; Thomas P. Archer; Joseph Brown; Jack Carr; Augustus F. Clark; Robert F. Crone; James Day; Charles Dietz; (Alfred G. Ellniger?); S. H. Fargher; Adolph Fressmegger; Donald C. Gilley; Will Guenther; John A. Gunter; Edward C. Haury; Henry Haury; William I. Hitchcock; Herbert E. Kinsley; Sylvester E. Kohler; Louis Luberoff; O. G. Malmquist; George Marshall; Ira L. Moser; John V. Pilcher; Paul B. Pilcher; Robert E. Pilcher; Raymond Price; Adolph C. Reuter; Benjamin F. Sperbeck; Anthony Spevere; Harjung Tchakarian; Robert Wilson; David Woodall; John Wright.

    • The Diapason April 1925, 16.
    • The Diapason May 1925, 8.
    • The Diapason August 1944, 1.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications 1990), 464.
    • Piano and Organ Purchaser's Guide, Purchaser's Guide to the Music Industries, (published by Music Trades, New York)
    • Organ Handbook 1986 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society), 20.
    • Sylvester E. Kohler, "Memoirs of an Organ Builder", The Tracker 19:2 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1975), 12.

  • For help in locating a particular Pilcher family member or firm name/location, refer to Pilcher Family - Overview.

    The Overview contains:

    • A summary of the family's organbuilding history in the United States.
    • The Pilcher Family Tree of Organ Builders courtesy of Bynum Petty, OHS Archivist.
    • A list of the various company names used by family members.

Database Entries

There are 1689 entries in the database that describe organs by Henry Pilcher's Sons.

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