The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 375

Builder Identification

Barre, Vermont, c. 1860; Chicago, Illinois, 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). -

    Ira Bassett was the father of Frederick W. Bassett. He was active in Chicago, Illinois, in 1868, where he operated a service firm. He had previously built three organs in Barre, Vermont around 1860.

    Patients held:
    Patent #336,982; 2 Mar. 1886; pneumatic action
    Patent #387,846; 14 Aug. 1888; pneumatic action
    Patent #478,552; 12 Jul. 1892; tremolo.



    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 143, 306.
    • Musical and Sewing Machine Gazette 28 Feb. 1880, 51.
    • John Panning.
    • Stopt Diapason The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, Hoffman Estates, IL. #25.
    • Tracker, 1:2, 8.

Database Entries

There are 2 entries in the database that describe organs by Ira Bassett.

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