The ‘Vocalian’ Organ brand was manufactured by the prominent Mason & Risch Piano Company. Mason & Risch was established in 1871 with the partnership of Thomas G. Mason, Vincent Rich, and Octavius Newcombe in Toronto. For a brief period during the 1870’s, instruments were produced under the Mason, Risch & Newcombe brand name. In 1878, Newcombe had left the firm to build pianos and organs under his own name. Mason & Risch built high quality pianos for decades, and enjoyed a very good reputation. In addition to ‘Mason & Risch’ brand instruments and the ‘Vocalian’ organ line, the firm built pianos under the ‘T. Eaton’ brand name for the famous Eaton Department Store chain. In the 1950’s, the firm was purchased by the Winter Piano Company, and it became part of the large Aeolian Corporation. The Mason & Risch name was discontinued in the 1980’s when Aeolian went out of business.
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Turn-Of-The-Century Advertisement for The “Vocalian” Organ, Manufactured by Mason & Risch