The genealogy of Makin Organs Ltd can be traced back to the first experiments of synthetic organ tone made by Compton Organs Ltd, the famous pipe and electronic organ builder, whose farsighted founder, John Compton experimented with synthetic generation of organ tone back in the 1920’s. Makin itself was founded in 1970 when it acquired part of Compton Organs Ltd and continued with the innovation started half a century earlier.

Since then Makin has built and maintained an excellent reputation for supplying organs of the highest quality and providing a caring relationship with customers once the organ has been built and installed. Indeed the majority of new installations are as a result of recommendations from satisfied customers. Makin continues to offer a complete service to its customers employing enough staff to cover the whole country. From the initial digital sampling of organ pipes to the final installation and ongoing after sales service work, Makin experts are on hand to ensure that the organ is installed, voiced and cared for thereafter in an efficient and professional manner.

Makin puts great emphasis on utilising the very latest technology. In the 1970’s the Compton electrostatic mechanical generator system was replaced by the revolutionary analogue design which, in time, transformed the role of the pipeless organ from that of a second best alternative to being a first rate choice.

In the 1980’s the ‘Bradford’ digital system came to the fore which by the early 1990’s was replaced by digital sampling which we use today. However, the story won’t stop here, since Research & Development continues to be a vital element in the continual success and indeed expansion of the company, with twelve full time staff being involved in that part of the business. Indeed it is only with using the latest digital technology and techniques that Makin stays ahead of the competition and offers customers the benefits of ever improving tonal quality with ever more realistic pipe organ sounds.

Church Organ World was formed as a trading company in 2011 when Makin acquired Copeman Hart & Company Ltd from Ernest and Cheryl Hart. Rapid expansion followed as we then sold Copeman Hart, Johannus and Makin instruments in the UK. Following the acquisition of Rodgers by the Global Organ Group in 2016, these fine American instruments also became available to our customers.

No other company offers such a wide range of digital church organs.


Dr Keith Harrington
Managing director

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Julia Oldham
Development Manager

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Professsor Ian Tracey
Tonal director

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steve bell
production manager

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steve lanyon
installation manager

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Dr matthew pearson
Organ consultant

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chris french
Maintenance Engineer

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geoff ashton
financial consultant

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Corbie harrington
Financial controller

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john harrington
Maintenance Manager

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