600 Pump Organ Manufacturers
In the years of 1840 through 1930, there were approximately 653 pump organ manufacturers in the United States. It
is important to note that almost all of them were located in the North.
This is understandable as much of the South was still trying to recover from the ravages of four, tragic
years of Civil War (1861 to 1865) plus the fact that the South didn’t have the abundance of hard wood that the
north had. For the most part, all pump organs were built with either oak wood, or walnut.
In its day, the pump organ industry employed tens of thousands of workers. However, unlike like other musical
instruments that have been around for a long time, the pump organ enjoyed only a brief period of popularity (less
than a century) and then they were gone.