The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2934

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, 1797-1805.

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). —

    Succeeded (Thomas?) Dodds; active in New York City, New York, 1797-1805, organbuilder, music retailer.

    The Howe barrel organ as described in The Tracker had five ranks of 29 pipes. It had ten tunes recorded on each of the five barrels which came with it, and could thus play up to fifty tunes. The player dictated the speed by the speed which he turned the crank, and selected the tone using drawknobs on the side of the case. A human organist could not play the key action, however: There was no keyboard, —Ed.


    • Musical and Sewing Machine Courier 26 February 1881, 170.
    • Kathryn Boardman, "Howe Barrel Organ Restored at Cooperstown", The Tracker 33:2 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1989), 30.

Database Entries

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