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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.

    Sources:
    • 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.
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  • 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.

    Source:

    • Barbara Owen, “Brombaugh, John,? 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.? DMA thesis, Arizona State University, 2008.
    • Kienzle, Marga Jeanne Morris. “The Life and Work of John Brombaugh, Organ Builder.? DMA thesis, University of Cincinnati, 1984.

Database Entries

There are 70 entries in the database that describe organs by John Brombaugh & Associates.


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