The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 5789

Builder Identification

Erie, Pennsylvania, 1924.

Additional Notes

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

    Apprentice with [sic] Tellers [A. B. Felgemaker -see Ed. Note below] firm of Erie, Pennsylvania; partner with Heinrich (Henry) Tellers; and Ignatius Tellers in Tellers-Sommerhoff firm of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1906; operated W. A. Sommerhoff & Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1924; partner with John Liebel until 1939; died 22 May 1939 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

    Patent #862,029; 30 Jul. 1907; action
    Patent #1,013,570; 2 Jan. 1912; pipe foot


    • Diapason Sep. 1924, 14.
    • Diapason Jul. 1939, 6.

    Editor's Note: Sommerhoff and the Tellers brothers, Henry and Ignatius, were all employeed at A. B. Felgemaker prior to forming Tellers-Sommerhoff, which was succeeded by Tellers-Kent in 1918. Tellers-Kent closed in 1933, members of the Tellers family continued doing service work, but the Tellers Organ Co. was not formed until 1945.

  • See main entry: Tellers-Sommerhoff

Database Entries

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