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William Howe View Extant Instruments View Instruments


New York City, New York, 1797-1805.
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Succeeded (Thomas?) Dodds; active in New York City, New York, 1797-1805, organbuilder, music retailer.

The Howe barrel organ as described in The Tracker had five ranks of 29 pipes. It had ten tunes recorded on each of the five barrels which came with it, and could thus play up to fifty tunes. The player dictated the speed by the speed which he turned the crank, and selected the tone using drawknobs on the side of the case. A human organist could not play the key action, however: There was no keyboard, —Ed.


  • Musical and Sewing Machine Courier 26 February 1881, 170.
  • Kathryn Boardman, "Howe Barrel Organ Restored at Cooperstown", The Tracker 33:2 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1989), 30.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 11, 2019.

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