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Roger A. Colby, Inc. View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Johnson City, Tennessee, 1979-1984 as Kimber-Allen, from 1984 as R.A. Colby, Inc.
Classification: Organ Supplier

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August 16, 2015:

From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 2, 2016. -

Begun as an adjunct to an organ builder in 1974 as Kimber-Allen, Inc, the firm was established as a separate business in 1979 in Johnson City, Tennessee. The name was changed to R.A. Colby in 1984.

The firm began building complete organs as well as continuing to be a supplier of parts. They are frequently contracted to build new consoles. In addition to organs and parts, the firm builds custom church furniture and provides ecclesiastical artwork in carved wood.

Source:

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

Son of Robert C. Colby; established organ supply firm in Johnson City, Tennessee; associated with Kimber-Allen firm, c.1984-1986; active in 1989.

Sources:

  • Letter to David H. Fox.
  • John Panning.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 31 Organs
  • 6 Divisions
  • 1 Consoles

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