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.

Services We Offer

Progressing in steady growth  since re-establishing the firm over the last 16 years, today Odell Organs offers a complete range of pipe organ services both to Churches, Universities, and Private Institutions,  though our preferred focus is new work.

   We have a 4,000 square foot facility located in an industrial park in Central Connecticut in the rural village of Moodus, as well as more than 2000 square feet of dry storage.

Our shop is completely outfitted for milling from raw premium hardwood, executing cabinetmaking and joinery -- with both traditional and leading-edge CNC technology -- commercial spray finishing equipment, voicing suite,  and unlike the majority of competing firms: pipe metal casting and pipe making equipment, which allows us the ability to make and repair organ pipes in-house.

3D  Model in Rhino for an organ case in Gothic style.

New Pipe Organs

For over 15 years Odell has been manufacturing new pipe organs using new and existing pipework  both within and beyond our geographic area.

We use proven, well-engineered action systems of our own designs, including unit electro-magnetic valve action, electric slider action and mechanical key action.

We are particularly accomplished in the construction of new consoles; Opus 651 and648 are among our best examples.

Console for our Opus 651.

Case: Opus 652

Restoration, Maintenance and Repair

We are readily experienced in the repair and restoration of all types of pipe organs and maintain a steady roster of tuning and service clients in the Northeast United States.

In required circumstances, we  make exceptions for special projects and have worked as far away as San Francisco and Florida. 

Pipe repair with thicker, stronger alloy.

Consultation

We are frequently called to  consult all over the country for both client churches and their insurers to provide thorough evaluations and recommendations.  

Our habit is to submit to clients well-researched and documented reporting, and always offer to submit our reports with in-person presentations and discussion to better facilitate understanding the complex nature of our work.

Should you wish to engage us for any of these services, it would be our pleasure to speak to you. Our Contact page is here.