J.H. & C.S. Odell, Pipe Organ Builders

More than 150 years building distinctive and refined instruments for worship

Brothers John Henry and Caleb Sherwood Odell founded the organ building firm of J.H. & C.S. Odell on the bustling corner of West 42nd Street and 9th Avenue in New York City in 1859. Odell was immediately successful and built more than 500 pipe organs at that location before relocating to Westchester, New York in the 1930s.   Odell remained active in the Greater New York Metropolitan area well into the 1970s, but after the death of the principal of the firm, William H. Odell in 1979, decided to dissolve the firm after completing obligations to then-current clients.

In the pursuit of a long sought vision, the Odell company was re-established by Caleb Sherwood Odell's  great-great grandson Edward Odell, in 1999 -- this after garnering more than twenty years of organ building experience -- both on his own and with other well-established national firms. With more than three decades of full-time work in the trade, Edward is now a respected and credentialed professional as a Colleague member of the American Institute of Organbuilders.  The new Odell firm has been active in a modern shop in central Connecticut for more than 15 years.

Since re-establishing the firm, Odell has successfully built many exciting new pipe organs, executed meticulous historic restorations and performed vastly complicated repair projects. With our team of carefully recruited artisans, Odell performs all its own millwork, joinery, fabrication, voicing and finishing. Further, unlike many firms today, Odell casts its own pipe metal and makes its own organ pipes.

Timelessness, musicality and an unflinching commitment to quality are our foremost concerns as pipe organ builders. We possess a profound dedication to our work;  clients quickly learn  that when they partner with Odell, they work directly with people who -- given the opportunity  --  will design and construct their instrument from raw materials with passion and exactitude. Our ever-present goal is to develop nuanced solutions and create pipe organs that will serve their congregations with reliability and grace for generations to come.

In Memoriam: Elmo Blyden

With regret we announce that Odell staff member Warren Blyden's father, Elmo H. Blyden, passed away on Monday, June 29.  He was 86 years old.

Viewing will be Tuesday, July 7, from 5 to 7pm at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 260 Quincy Street, Brooklyn.  Service will follow at the church at  7:30pm.

Interment will be at The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, leaving from the church at 10 am on July 8. For further details, contact the Frank R. Bell Funeral Home.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

O eternal Lord God, who holdest all souls in life: Give, we
beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth 
thy light and thy peace; and grant that we, following the 
good examples of those who have served you here and are 
now at rest, may at the last enter with them into thine 
unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and 
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, 
now and for ever. Amen.