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Los Angeles, California, 1961-1994.
Classification: Builder

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November 18, 2015:

For further information, see Richard Larry Abbott and Pete Sieker

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

October 31, 2015:

From the OHS Database, Builders Listing Editor. Updated Jan 1, 2016. -

Larry Abbott and Pete Sieker met while both were working at Pipe Organs, Inc. (an off shoot of the Alfred Kilgen firm) in Los Angeles, California in 1958. They formed the firm Abbott and Sieker in 1961, building and rebuilding mostly electric action and occasionally mechanical key action organs. In the 1960s, the firm employed about ten craftsmen, the economic slowdown of the 1970s forced the firm to build on a smaller scale. During its existence, the firm built 115 organs in Southern California. The company strove to build organs with a fine ensemble and housed in cases that were harmonious with their architectural environment.

Staff Members who eventually started their own organbuilding businesses include Winfried Banzhaf, Michael Bigelow, Richard Bond, Greg Harrold, Rene Marceau, and Manuel Rosales.

Source:

  • Pete Sieker, "Abbott & Sieker" in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (New York: Psychology Press, 2006), 1-2.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 16, 2020.

October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

Established by Richard L. Abbott and Pete Sieker, Los Angeles, California, 1961.

Staff: Winfried Banzhaf; Michael L. Bigelow; Richard Bond; Greg Harrold; Mark Hotsenpiller, René A. Marçeau; Manuel J. Rosales.

Source:

  • Information contained in a letter to the author. [David H. Fox]
  • Updated by Manuel J. Rosales, 2020-04-16

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 16, 2020.

Database Specs:

  • 67 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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