A.R. Schopp’s Sons, Inc.
14536 Oyster Road
Alliance, OH 44601
Nor am I forgetting the superb examples of your pipes and voicing I encounter and enjoy time and time again in organs I'm privileged to play.
~ Thomas Murray
A.R. Schopps Sons, Inc., is the largest supplier of organ pipes in the United States today. The company has been in business for a hundred and nine years, and four generations of the Schopp family have been involved in its operation.
August Reinhart Schopp was born in Bad Orb, Germany, in 1869. After emigrating to the United States in 1884, he began working for the Roosevelt Organ Company in New York City, where he learned the trade of pipe maker. He subsequently worked for several other east coast organbuilding firms, including Haskell, Hook & Hastings, Jardine, and Farrand & Votey. In 1898, Schopp and Leonard Gutfleisch left Farrand & Votey and formed the partnership of Gutfleisch & Schopp in Roselle, New Jersey. Their company immediately began supplying quality pipework to the organ industry.
Shortly after the turn of the century, Gutfleisch & Schopp moved to Alliance, Ohio, which was surrounded at the time by several emerging organbuilders: Schantz, Holtkamp, Hillgreen-Lane, Page, and others. In later years, Schopp was a major supplier of pipes to M.P. Moller and Aeolian-Skinner.
In 1947, the Gutfleisch & Schopp partnership was dissolved, and the firm of A.R. Schopps Sons, Inc., was formed by sons Robert and Harvey Schopp. August Schopp continued to work six days a week in the firm he helped to found. Upon his death in 1954 at age 85, he was thought to be the oldest active pipe maker in America.
A.R. Schopps Sons continues to produce fine pipes, much as August Schopp did a century ago. Because the companys reputation has been built on the relentless effort to manufacture pipes of the highest quality, Schopps flue and reed pipes are found in many significant instruments throughout the country.
In addition to producing stops traditionally found in most pipe organs, uncommon stops have also become common for the firm, including trompettes-en-chamade, orchestral reeds, full-length 32-foot reeds and open diapasons. Today A.R. Schopps Sons is the supplier of choice for most organbuilders in the United States.
The scope of Schopps market has expanded internationally to countries such as Australia, Japan, and England, to name but a few. Since 1968 the mechanical facilities and staff of A.R. Schopps Sons have grown over five-fold, with fifty skilled artisans employed by the firm today. In addition to organ pipes, Schopps product line has expanded to include all other pipe organ components, including reservoirs, swell shades, windchests and casework.
In recent years, the company has consolidated its staff into one 42,000-square-foot, single-level factory building, more than double the size of the old facility. This will permit the firm to increase its staff, decrease delivery time and increase its product line. The efficiency gained by this move should result in reduced costs savings that will be passed on to the firm's customers.
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