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  • Laukhuff closing down - press release

    Good day fellow organ lovers

    I don't know if this has already been posted anywhere.

    Very sad news that I have just received about the closure of Laukhuff:
    https://laukhuff.de/wp-content/uploa...mbH-Co.-KG.pdf

  • #2
    I heard this yesterday and it makes one wonder, how many other companies in the organ business are close to a similar fate.
    Bill

    My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk

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    • #3
      That is so sad to hear. I think quite a few pipe organ builders use Laukhuff components so their closure is going to leave quite a gap in the industry.
      1971 Allen Organ TC-3S (#42904) w/sequential capture system.
      Speakers: x1 Model 100 Gyro, x1 Model 105 & x3 Model 108.

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      • #4
        Something that I was wondering about for quite a while - do they manufacture most of their components in-house, or did they contract out the manufacturing of many of the components to other companies? For example, did they make their own pipes, chest magnets, console parts, etc. all in-house?

        As voet said, it makes one wonder how many other organ companies might be close to the same fate...

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        • #5
          Sad news.

          Do you think it will be possible to get replacement parts for their keyboards in the coming years? For example, Rodgers used Laukhuff in some of their organs and the key contacts tend to need replacing after years of use. Where would one go to source such parts?

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          • Coenraads
            Coenraads commented
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            Replace them all with Kimber Allen gold-on-gold contacts as we recently did to a three manual Rodgers hybrid organ.
            Not an easy undertaking and not cheap.

        • #6
          Looking at their catalog, which is still online, I was amazed at how many interesting things they either made or distributed, like a mini carillon, saucer bells, other tuned percussions, a nightingale whistle, an electronically controlled cuckoo and other fun items. (See Part 7 of the catalog.)

          https://laukhuff.de/catalog?lang=en
          Larry is my name; Allen is an organ brand. Allen RMWTHEA.3 with RMI Electra-Piano; Allen 423-C+Gyro; Britson Opus OEM38; Saville Series IV Opus 209; Steinway AR Duo-Art, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI; Hammond 9812H with roll player; Gulbransen Rialto; Roland E-200; Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with MIDI.

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          • #7
            despite all efforts no investor could be found
            To me that's the real tragedy. Sometimes, a former competitor will make an offer in order to gain additional resources, expertise, skilled staff, access to patents (if any), etc, and the customer list.

            I guess it's a sign of the times that no one was interested.
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            Hammond M-102 #21000.
            Leslie 147 #F7453.
            Hammond S-6 #72421

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            • nullogik
              nullogik commented
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              Maybe there are some interested parties but they are waiting for the company to be wound up so they can pick and choose what bits they want (IP, customer lists, machinery, stock etc) without being lumbered with other bits they do not want by taking on/investing in the company in its entirety. I don't know how winding up a company works but presumably you can approach the insolvency practitioner and make an offer for specific assets.

              Hopefully someone will step in and save some of the company. It would be a shame to see all that history, skill and expertise disappear completely.

            • Larrytow
              Larrytow commented
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              I think nullogik has described what the likely outcome will be. To my understanding, Laukhuff was / is a pretty large operation, so finding another company that has the means and desire to buy everything altogether seems fairly unlikely. The asset sale / auction will be huge though, I would think.

            • AllenAnalog
              AllenAnalog commented
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              Think about when Moller went bankrupt. The place was sold off piece by piece. As I recall one church bid on their partially completed instrument to have someone else finish the job. Intellectual property, patterns, even rights to the trademarked name all go up for grabs and the sum of the parts never again equals the whole.

          • #8
            The question comes to mind, with the ever increasing market for home VPO instruments, would not there be a demand for parts of such builds? Just as an example, a number of well known Youtube organists have undertaken documented home VPO builds during the past year. From what I can tell, that is inspiring others to make the jump and build their own VPO as well.

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            • #9
              I have not checked today, but if the Laukhuff catalogs ( there are several parts ) are still online they are well worth downloading, just to have. They contain quite a lot of pipe construction detail information that is interesting to read.

              It is truly sad to see a rather large, well respected company meet this sort of end. I know that a lot of organbuilders relied on them for parts that were better bought rather than having to fabricate every detail themselves. I have to wonder if the extreme Covid shutdowns in Europe were a big cause of this situation happening at this time ? Cash flow is critical in any business, and even more so in one that does custom work almost exclusively. Nobody working = no parts being made and shipped = no payments coming in, but the costs of running the business continue. When that goes on too long, ya run out of money to continue on.



              Regards, Larry

              At Home : Yamaha Electones : EX-42 ( X 3 !!! ), E-5AR, FX-1 ( X 2 !! ), FX-20, EL-25 ( X 2, 1 chopped, 1 not ). Allen 601D, ADC 6000D. Baldwin 626. Lowrey CH32-1. At Churches I play for : Allen Q325 ( with Vista ), Allen L123 ( with Navigator ). Rodgers 755.

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              • #10
                Originally posted by Larrytow View Post
                I have not checked today, but if the Laukhuff catalogs ( there are several parts ) are still online they are well worth downloading, just to have. They contain quite a lot of pipe construction detail information that is interesting to read.
                Yes, still online. According to the press release, the official close date is June 30, so folks grab 'em while you can.
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                Hammond M-102 #21000.
                Leslie 147 #F7453.
                Hammond S-6 #72421

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