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date: 14 November 2019

Andover Organ Companylocked

  • Barbara Owen

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American organ building firm. It was founded in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1948 by Thomas W. Byers (b Louisville, KY, 13 May 1923; d Gloucester, MA, 25 Dec 2012), who had been apprenticed to the Pilcher Organ Co. in Louisville and with Chet Raymond of Princeton, New Jersey. A few years after founding his firm, Byers was joined as a partner by Charles B. Fisk and the company moved to larger quarters in Methuen, Massachusetts. Fisk bought the company when Byers left in 1958 to return to Louisville, where he worked as a draughtsman for about 15 years. When Fisk relocated to Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1961, two former employees, Leo Constantineau (b Lawrence, MA, 1 Nov 1924; d North Andover, MA, 1 Feb 1979) and Robert J. Reich (b Urbana, IL, 15 Dec 1929), reorganized under the Andover name. In 1973 Byers returned to Massachusetts to join Fisk’s company. He later worked for OmniWave Electronics in Gloucester and with the organ and harpsichord builder Jeremy Adams in Gloucester and Danvers....

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