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Cooperstown, New York, early 1820s.
Classification: Builder

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April 24, 2023:

A January 8, 1827 advertisement in The Freeman's Journal (a Cooperstown paper) notes the creation of the partnership of"Phelps and Pease" specializing in the building of pianos and organs. The partnership was short-lived; another local paper announced the partnership's dissolution only a year later. Source: "Dissolution" (Cooperstown, N.Y.) The Watch-Tower, 15:749 (Aug. 4, 1828) 2 [referenced and quoted in the 2006 OHS Organ Atlas]

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 24, 2023.

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). —

Born 1803; active in Guilford, New York, by 1819; partner with Chauncey D. Pease in Phelps & Pease of Cooperstown, New York, until 1828.


  • The Bicentennial Tracker (Richmond, Va., The Organ Historical Society, 1976), 77.
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 169.
  • Barbara J. Owen and Thomas Cunningham, "New Revised Builders List" [continued], The Tracker: 9:3 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1965), 14.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 23, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 4 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles