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John Compton Organ Co

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1949. Compton Electone.

of Minerva Road, North Acton, London, NW10. Telephone: Elgar 6666-7-8. Cables: "Elgar 6666"

  • [1] There were 261 theatre organs built by the John Compton Organ Co, and installed in theatres, town halls, and studios throughout the UK and overseas.
  • The company traded from the 1900s until 1970.
  • 1929 They were the first company to pioneer electronic tones.
  • 1931 They were more famous for their cinema organs but built many fine church instruments including Downside Abbey in 1931.
  • From 1935 they developed the "melotone", first used as an attachment on their cinema organs from 1935.
  • By the end of the 1930s his had been developed into a complete electronic instrument with the theatre model called the "theatrone" and the church model the "electrone".
  • 1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of the Compton Electrone (Pipeless Organ). The Compton Miniatura Pipe Organ. Pipe Organs for Cathedrals, Churches, Municipal and Educational Establishments and for Cinema Purposes. The Compton Variable Control Electric Space Heater. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. C.1501) [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Ivor Buckingham's Compton List
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair p66
  • [2] Chris Thompson Organist Website