The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 841

Builder Identification

Middletown, Ohio, 1968-1976; Germantown, Ohio; Eugene, Oregon, 1977-2005.

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, rev. ed., 1997, with updated information.). -

    Studied electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati; with Baldwin Piano Co. in design of electronic organs; M.S. Electrical Engineering with specialty in acoustics from Cornell University, 1963; with Fritz Noack of Andover, Massachusetts, 1964-1966; with Charles Fisk of Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1966-1967; with Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg, Germany, 1967; established his own firm in Middletown, Ohio, 1968-1976; in Germantown, Ohio; in Eugene, Oregon, 1977; active in 1989.

    Staff: Gordon S. Auchincloss; Michael L. Bigelow; John H. Boody; Jeremy Cooper; John A. Farmer; Bruce Fowkes; Greg Harrold; William F. Morton; Ralph Richards; Charles M. Ruggles; Norman Ryan; Bruce E. Shull; George K. Taylor; Munetaka Yokota.

    • American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) 1989 membership directory.
    • Letter to David Fox.
    • Uwe Pape, The Tracker Organ Revival in America, (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1978) 413.

  • Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, August 1, 2017. -

    John Brombaugh retired in 2005 to continue his research in historic northern European organs.


    • Barbara Owen, "Brombaugh, John,â€? in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 1:642-43.

    Further Reading:
    • Ferguson, Homer Ashton. "John Brombaugh: The Development of America-s Master Organ Builder.â€? DMA thesis, Arizona State University, 2008.
    • Kienzle, Marga Jeanne Morris. "The Life and Work of John Brombaugh, Organ Builder.â€? DMA thesis, University of Cincinnati, 1984.

Database Entries

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