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  • Harry Hall Pipe Organ Company

    Does anyone have any info on this builder? I recently purchased OPUS #356 which was made circa 1925. It played in a residence in Holden, MA and i have no other info on the organ. I tried searching the organsociety.org database but no luck on this particular organ. Apprently there is a "Classified List of Hall Organs" that was published by the builder in 1929.

    Any and all info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Originally posted by solovoxhumana View Post
    Does anyone have any info on this builder? I recently purchased OPUS #356 which was made circa 1925. It played in a residence in Holden, MA and i have no other info on the organ. I tried searching the organsociety.org database but no luck on this particular organ. Apprently there is a "Classified List of Hall Organs" that was published by the builder in 1929.
    I looked for the Classified List of Hall Organs on several online sites, however, it is most probably still under copyright. That said, however, it is due to come out from under copyright protection within the next decade or two.

    Often when an organ is moved, the Opus number changes and/or alterations are made by another company. Where your organ came from Massachusetts, it may have been altered by Berkshire (David Cogswell's company). Your best bet is probably to obtain a copy of the book you mentioned and start your search there.

    Meanwhile, there are several pipe organ builders/restorers on the Forum who may have other resources at their disposal to provide you with more information than you presently have. Sorry I didn't help much.

    Michael
    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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      Originally posted by solovoxhumana View Post
      Does anyone have any info on this builder? I recently purchased OPUS #356 which was made circa 1925. It played in a residence in Holden, MA and i have no other info on the organ. I tried searching the organsociety.org database but no luck on this particular organ. Apprently there is a "Classified List of Hall Organs" that was published by the builder in 1929.

      Any and all info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
      Harry Hall was born in Horsham, Sussex, England. He worked in the US for Hook and Hastings. Had a partnership with Herbert Harrison (Harrison & Hall, New Haven, CT). Hall Organ Co. was located in New haven, CT (established 1898), then moved to West haven, CT. Incorporated the business in 1912. The company was controlled by Welte Corp., then Welte/Estey Corp., 1925-1927. Business closed for good 1940's was owned by Raymond H Clarke.

      I have worked on a couple of his organs...there are several chest actions styles...both ventil and pitman designs.

      Info condensed from Fox's "Guide to North American Organ Builders"

      Rick in VA

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