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BuilderID 998

Builder Identification

Syracuse, New York, 1872.

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). -

    Established by H. N. Goodman in Syracuse, New York, 1872; firm acquired by James C. Mix and James Terwilliger; combination reed and pipe organs.


    • Robert F. Gellerman, Gellerman-s International Reed Organ Atlas (Vestal, NY: The Vestal Press, 1985), 18.

  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, March 10, 2018. -

    Horatio N. Goodman invented the cabinet pipe organ around 1870. This instrument was not a pipe organ but a reed organ with tubes appended to the reed mechanism to create a sound more like that of a pipe organ by increasing the instrument-s resonance. The instruments were constructed under license from Goodman from 1870 on by Redington & Co. in Syracuse, New York. John C.O. Redington was a Civil War colonel who had operated a music-publishing and retailing business in Syracuse as Redington & Howe in 1868 and then as Clemens & Redington in 1869. Redington & Co. became the Cabinet Pipe Organ Company in 1872 when James Terwilliger, clerk of the New York State Senate, and James C. Mix, managing agent for New York State for the Aetna Life Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, purchased the stock. Syracuse city directories listed Goodman as the superintendent of the factory.

    The cabinet pipe organ was exhibited at fairs and was widely advertised, but publicity and production stopped in mid-1876. Terwilliger and Mix filed for insolvency and, on September 29, 1876, obtained an order from the Supreme Court of the State of New York requiring a sale by public auction of all the property of the firm, which was held on March 2, 1877.

    For further information on Horatio Goodman, see H.N. Goodman.


    • Michael D. Friesen, "Horatio N. Goodman,” in A History of Organbuilding in Syracuse, New York, and Vicinity (Richmond, Va.: OHS Press, 2014), 6-11.

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