The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 7717

Builder Identification

Lake City, Florida, 1960s. [Possible error]

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, revised ed. 1997). -

    Active in Lakeland, FL, by 1970.


    • Music, published by the American Guild of Organists, 1967-1978; name changed to The American Organist starting with the Jan. 1979 issue.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 12, 2016. -

    The original entry appears to be incorrect. Carl Bassett (foreman with Ernest M. Skinner & Son) purchased the rights to the Skinner name and operated as the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Co. in Oakland, Florida from 1959 to circa 1976.

    After his retirement in the mid 1970s, Bassett sold the business to John Bolten and moved to Land of Lakes, Florida (north of Tampa) and later to Leesburg, Florida in the middle of the state. According to the Rev. Carl Bassett Jr., his father's only business location in Florida was in Oakland, and Bolten immediately moved the business back to the Boston area after the purchase. The only possible connection to Lake City would have been any service firm that represented Bolten in Florida during the 1970s. Even this seems unlikely as Bassett did all of his own service work in Florida and Georgia for the installations during that period, and continued to do so after the sale of the company while his health permitted. Mr. Bassett died from pancreatic cancer in 1978 but worked up until a few months before his death.


    • A series of emails from Rev. Carl Bassett, son of Carl G. Bassett, received between December 27, 2015 and January 4, 2016.

  • See main entry: E.M. Skinner Co., Inc.

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by E.M. Skinner, Inc.

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