Berlin Piano and Organ Company

This is all the information I currently can find:

The Berlin Piano and Organ Company existed (under various names) from 1890 to circa 1925. The company was formed in 1890 by a group of Berlin businessmen, in Berlin, Ontario, Canada.  In 1916, Berlin was renamed to Kitchener.

It was purchased circa 1900 by local furniture manufacturer, W.H. Snyder and Co. In 1906, the piano business was purchased by Foster-Armstrong Co. Ltd., and the Berlin and Snyder names were dropped.

After that, the U.S. piano names of Haines Bros. and Marshall and Wendell appeared along with the Foster-Armstrong line.

Information retrieved from Canadian Heritage - Government of Canada

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Stop List

Listed from Bass to Treble

Diapason 8Ft (8 pitch, bottom rear set, qualifying tubes, not in swell)
Viola (4 pitch, front set, in swell)
Dulcet 4Ft (4 pitch, muted from the Viola)
Flugle Horn (2 pitch, front set, in swell)
Sub Bass (16, C-C in bass)
Bass Coupler
Vox Humana

Forte (opens swell for rear sets of treble reeds only)
Treble Coupler
Aeoline (8 pitch, top rear set in rear swell)
Cremona (16 pitch, middle set in rear swell, muted from Cello)
Cello (16 pitch, middle set in rear swell)
Piccolo (2 pitch, front bottom set, in front swell)
Flute D'Amour (8 pitch, middle set in front swell, muted from Vox Celeste)
Vox Celeste (8 pitch, middle set in front swell)
Principal (4 pitch, top set in front swell)
Melodia 8Ft (8 pitch, bottom rear set, qualifying tubes, not in swell)

There are 6 - 33 reed ranks in the treble
3 - 28 reed ranks in the bass
1 - 13 reed rank (Sub Bass)

Total reeds: 295

Serial number: 3406

Manufactured Circa 1897, Berlin Ontario Canada


I like what I found written on the keys, only visible after the stops were removed:

I have gone this organ thru
And have done a good job too
If some other man should try
See that you do as well as I
Do not play this fraud or cheat
Trying this poor church to beat
Tho it take a little while
Do your work in first class style
Then as thru the world you steer
You will have a conscience clear
Then you can with ease and grace
Look men squarely in the face

R Beal
9-8-1904


Rodney Jantzi
Baden, Ontario
CANADA