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Victoria Falls, Texas, 1951-2010.
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November 21, 2015:

From OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, updated Mar 7, 2016. -

Frels Pipe Organs of Victoria Falls, Texas was owned and operated by Reuben S. Frels Mr. Frels established the business in 1951.1 Employing only a few workers, he built mechanical action organs. often rebuilding. or using the pipes from older instruments. Frels was also engaged in restoring organs in Mexico, including the four-manual Austin now in the Puebla Cathedral.2 Frels died in 2014, and was ill prior to that, the firm closed around 2010.3


  1. Melissa Crow, "Rubin Frels remembered for his love of movies, music" Victoria Advocate, published on-line June 19, 2014, updated June 20, 2014. Accessed Nov 21, 2015.
  2. Arthur Lawrence, "Frels, Reuben S." in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), p.211.
  3. Crow, ibid.

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

April 15, 2010:

From the OHS PC Database Builders editor, March 7, 2016. Derived from "Reuben S. Frels" entry in A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991).-

Owned/operated by Reuben S. Frels of Victoria Falls, Texas from 1951. Active in 1991.

Staff: Daniel Angerstein, Russell D. Franklin, Rex McKenzie Range

Sources from Fox article:

  • Susan Caust Farrell, Directory of Contemporary American Musical Instrument Makers (Columbia, MO: The University of Missouri Press, 1981), 47.
  • Organ Handbook (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1989) 59.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

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

Database Specs:

  • 4 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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