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John R Lightbown Organ Builders Ltd Contact : Malcolm Lightbown



14 A&B Huntingdon Place      North Shields   Tyne & Wear  NE30 4RF
Phone : 0191 258 5184   Email : jrl.organs@btinternet.com  Website :

  • Tuning & Maintenance : Yes  (last inspected 2014)
  • Cleaning & Overhaul : Yes (last inspected 2014)
  • Rebuilding :  No 
  • Historic Restoration : No 
  • New Organ Construction : No 
  • Specialist Supplier : No 


Workshop Facilities : 650 sq ft conversion of 19th-century premises; usual woodworking machinery; voicing facilities.

Number of Staff : 2

Services Offered : A comprehensive range from tuning to restoration, including overhaul of mechanical, electric and pneumatic actions. Cleaning and regulation of pipes, re-leathering of bellows reservoirs, rebuilds and tonal changes.

Examples of Work Inspected : Examples for inspection included the restoration of a 1923 Binns pneumatic organ and a Nicholson organ of 1887.

Inspectors Noted : Inspectors noted evidence that this firm has the skills to carry out comprehensive restoration work on organs of modest scale.

Organ(s) available for Hire? : No