The business was established in 1984, South London. Originally supplying perforated cardboard music, all musical arrangements are made by Kevin Meayers and blank cardboard books are 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) began and gradually work grew to include restoration and conservation of complete organs. The acquisition of the assets of H.Voigt was made in 2012, which included much of the machinery, music patterns and archive of A.Ruth & Sohn, Waldkirch.
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. The business is now based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, housed in a large factory with complete facilities for all aspects of organ restoration, conservation and building. Perforated cardboard music is still a large part of the business. The firm currently employs three persons dedicated to organ restoration, two people 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.
Broad International Customer Base
Today the business caters for private collections, Charitable Trusts, Museums and Showman worldwide. Specialising in work on instruments manufactured in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The acquisition of assets from H.Voigt (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 H.Voigt, Frankfurt, continue to this day.