OF LEVSEN ORGAN COMPANY
Organ Company started as a proprietorship with one employee,
Rodney Levsen. Levsenís
expertise in piano tuning and electronic organ repair evolved to
concert piano tuning and servicing pipe organs and finally in
1954, Levsen Organ Company, a nationwide full-service pipe organ
builder came into existence.
Levsen Organ Company incorporated in 1980, purchased land
and in 1981, moved to a new building located at 221 Maple Street
in Buffalo, Iowa. Throughout
the 1980ís and 90ís, the company operated with the main
building and a small warehouse just to the south; but in 2003,
business increased so measurably that the operations was
expanded with a new 40 x 80 warehouse just to the north of the
Levsen, President, and his staff of 14 employees provide
maintenance and tuning services for 160+ organs throughout the
Midwest. They take
extreme pride in building new organs from scratch as well as
selectively rebuilding existing organs, normally with all new
windchests and consoles built and fabricated in their own plant.
Their operation is mainly woodworking; and they have a
well-equipped wood shop. The
new warehouse holds an ample stock of basswood, oak, walnut and
veneers for the building of organs.
Levsen Organ Company has 11 Sales Representatives
strategically located across the United States to assist with
projects located in their respective territories; and their
Production Schedule usually reflects a 14 Ė 18 month backlog.
has a deep interest in preserving organs that have musical and
historical value and has restored many of those organs.
Rodney Levsen is a member of the Organ Historical Society
(OHS) and a charter member and officer of his local chapter,
Eastern Iowa Organ Historical Society. He has been a sustaining
member of the American Guild of Organist (AGO) since 1965, a
member of the American Institute of Organ Builders (AIO) and an
active member of the International Society of Organ Builders
(ISO) since its beginning in 1957.
As an active member of the ISO, he and his wife have
toured hundreds of organs while attending ISO Congresses in
Germany, England, France, the Baltic States, Denmark, Norway,
Sweden, Belgium and Spain.
created the burning mandrel, a tool that revolutionized
chest-building procedures that is now being used domestically as
well as in many foreign countries.
Levsen Organ Company also developed software used in
organ design and building that has taken scaling and pipe
designing to new levels of accuracy and quality unheard of in
Organ Company is inclined to build in the American Classical
tonal design, a design that yields an eclectic instrument that
is flexible as a worship organ should be.
Levsen Organ Company believes in building affordable
organs with the finest quality materials and state-of-the-art
build both high quality slider pallet mechanical action and
electric action instruments.