About Us

Origins

The business was established in 1984 in South London. Originally supplying perforated cardboard music, all musical arrangements being made by Kevin Meayers and blank cardboard books manufactured on the premises. Kevin is a trained musician playing clarinet, piano and organ. It was this musical background that formed the perfect basis for arranging music specifically for mechanical musical instruments. The business grew quickly and soon requests were being made for tuning and maintenance. Sub-contract work on behalf of Chiappa Ltd, London (Established 1864) & H. Voigt Orgelbau, Frankfurt (Established 1832) began and gradually work grew to include restoration and conservation of complete organs.

Kevin Meayers at a punching machine in 1982

Victor Chiappa (left) and Kevin outside the Chiappa factory in 1985

Expansion and Relocation

Larger premises were taken on in London and during this time organ restoration started in earnest, in parallel with supplying cardboard music. Today the business is based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, housed in a large factory with complete facilities for all aspects of organ restoration, conservation and building. Perforated cardboard and paper music is still a large part of the business. Three members of the team are dedicated to organ restoration, two for music preparation and cutting as well as an administration post. Only the most highly skilled and sympathetic people are employed, their backgrounds cover a variety of skills including; organ building, musicianship, cabinet making, engineering and design.

The acquisition of assets from H. Voigt Orgelbau, Frankfurt were made in 2012, which included much of the machinery, music patterns and archives of A. Ruth & Sohn, Waldkirch. The association with the firms of Chiappa Ltd, London and the Voigt family continue to this day.

Broad International Customer Base

Today the business caters for private collections, Charitable Trusts, Museums and Showman worldwide. Specialising in work on instruments produced in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. As well as the manufacture and restoration of musical instruments and perforated cardboard and paper music we also specialise in the import and export of these items from our Chesham works.

Examples of instruments we have worked on include;
Gavioli & Cie, Charles Marenghi, Limonaire Freres, Gasparini, Gaudin & Cie, Dussaux, Lemoine, Piere Eich, Th. Mortier, A. Bursens, DeCap, Hooghuys, Fasano,  A. Ruth & Sohn, H. Voigt, Gebr. Bruder, Wilhelm Bruder Söhne, Gebr. Weber. Alfred Bruder, Gebr. Wellershaus, Gebr. Richter, Fritz Wrede, Aeolian / Orchestrelle, Imhof & Muckle, Welte, Philipps, Popper, Hupfeld, Cocchi, Bacigupo & Graffigna

Our Connections

Amersham Fair Organ Museum

The Amersham Fair Organ Museum is committed to preserving fairground organs. The collection includes instruments by Gavioli, Marenghi, Hooghuys, Wilhelm Bruder Söhne and Gebr.Weber.

Museum Website

Tinkers Park

Tinkers Park

Tinkers Park is home to The Claude Jessett Trust – a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of vintage farming and construction implements and mechanical musical instruments.

Park Website

Gavioli Organ Trust

Gavioli Organ Trust

The Gavioli Organ Trust is a charity formed to preserve, restore and display historic Gavioli fairground organs. It is the only registered non-profit making charity which solely sponsors the restoration of Gavioli fairground organs.

Trust Website