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date: 16 November 2019

Dorf, Richard H(enry Goldfogle) locked

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(b Mar 14, 1921; d New York, June 21, 1989). American designer of electronic instruments. His designs included the Schober organ range and the Thyratone, and he was a member of the team that developed the Kinsman organ. He also devised the stroboscopic Autotuner marketed by Schober. His writings on electronic music include a series of 12 articles in Radio-Electronics between 1950 and 1952, and the book Electronic Musical Instruments. Dorf was a talented amateur cellist, pianist, and organist; he served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a communications officer and previously had worked as an announcer for New York’s public radio station WNYC.

The Schober Organ Corporation was formed in New York in 1954 by C.G. McProud, editor of Audio magazine, Henry Schober, the magazine’s business manager, and Dorf, their engineering consultant and technical writer. Dorf developed the Schober organ by license from an early patent of the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.; it was manufactured in a limited range of models in kit form by the Schober Organ Corp. from ...

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