Orgelbau Mebold

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Orgelbau Mebold
Founded 1967; 52 years ago (1967)
Founder Hans Peter Mebold
Headquarters Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Products Pipe organs
Owner Mathias Mebold

Orgelbau Mebold is a company building pipe organs in Siegen, Germany. It was founded in 1967 by Hans Peter Mebold (27 April 1942 – 21 July 2001), and has been run since 2018 by his son Mathias Mebold (born 1978). The company builds new organs, restores historic instruments, and specializes in portable small instruments (Truhenorgel).

Hans Peter Mebold
Born (1942-04-27)27 April 1942
Died 21 July 2001(2001-07-21) (aged 59)
Occupation Organ builder
Organization Orgelbau Mebold


Hans Peter Mebold was born in Weidenau. He learned organ building with Hans Dentler, and worked in the workshop of Emil Hammer Orgelbau [de], with Richard Rensch [de], Günter Hardt, at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and with Gerald Woehl [de]. He founded the company Orgelbau Mebold in Frauenberg near Marburg in 1976. In 1979, they moved to Siegen, to the village Breitenbach.[1] Hans Peter Mebold died in 2001.[2]


After Mebold's death, Johannes Tobias Späth took over, together with Marianne Mebold, the founder's widow. From 1982, he was responsible for the workshop.[2]

As of 2018, the owner is Mathias Mebold, a son of Hans Peter Mebold, born in 1978.[1]

Organs and concerts

The company builds new organs, mostly for use in parish churches, but also in parish halls and hospitals. A typical layout combines a Great division (Hauptwerk) in Baroque style with a Swell division (Schwellwerk) with timbres of the Romantic period, which makes it possible to play a wide range of organ repertory.[3] The company restores historic instruments. It has specialized in building small organs called Truhenorgel, which serve for accompanying choirs in church and for rehearsal.[1]

Mebold organs have attracted notable organists to play concerts. Dan Zerfaß, organist of the Worms Cathedral, played the first concert at the organ in St. Martin, Idstein, in 2006,[4] followed by concerts of Kalevi Kiviniemi,[5] and the duo Giora Feidman and Matthias Eisenberg, among others.[6] Anton Guggemos, the organist of the Wieskirche, played in St. Bardo in Petterweil, part of Karben.[1]


Among the organ builders' new instruments are:[7]

Year Location Church / facility Image Manuals Stops Notes
1970 Hasselbach II 20 House organ, now in Essen[8]
1982 Fronhausen Heilig Kreuz[9] II 8
1986 Siegen Catholic-Apostolic Church III/P 14
1987 Burgsolms St. Elisabeth II/P 16
1988 Wilnsdorf Protestant Church Wilnsdorf Evangelische Kirche Wilnsdorf Orgel.jpg II/P 21
1989 Ihmert Protestant Church Ihmert[10] II/P 17
1991 Dalheim (Wetzlar) Parish Centre II/P 18
1994 Mainz-Hechtsheim Protestant Parish Centre[11] II/P 16
2002 Welschen Ennest St. Johannes Baptist[2][12] II/P 26
2005/06 Idstein St. Martin[3] II/P 33
2007 Lichenroth Protestant Church[13] I 10+1
2010 Hahnstätten St. Nikolaus I 13 New in 1747 case
2010 Petterweil St. Bardo[14] II 15


  1. ^ a b c d Schulz, Hendrik (9 April 2018). "Handwerk / UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe in Siegen: Die Orgelwerkstatt Mebold". (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Die Mebold-Orgel in der Pfarrkirche St. Johannes Baptist Welschen Ennest". (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Honsack, Daniel (6 December 2007). "Rund 8000 Klangkombinationen sind möglich" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Hörnicke, Richard (24 January 2006). "Die ganze Fülle der Registervielfalt" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Orgelkonzert mit Kalevi Kiviniemi in Idstein". (in German). 6 October 2006. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Die Mebold-Orgel" (in German). St. Martin, Idstein. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 April 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Neubauten". Orgelbau Mebold (in German). Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Die Orgel in Christi Himmelfahrt Essen-Fischlaken". (in German). 2011. p. 164. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  9. ^ "40 Jahre Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche in Fronhausen" (PDF). (in German). Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Unsere Mebold-Orgel". (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Amtsblatt" (in German). Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau. 1 January 2010. p. 164. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Mebold-Orgel in der Pfarrkirche St. Johannes Baptist". (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  13. ^ "63633 Birstein-Lichenroth: / evang. Kirche (1733)". (in German). Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  14. ^ Mathias, Hannes G. (20 October 2014). "Kleine Sensation an der Orgel". Frankfurter Neue Presse (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2018.

External links

  • Literature by and about Orgelbau Mebold in the German National Library catalogue
  • Official website
  • Fronhausen (Lahn), Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche
  • Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Bardo
  • Kath. Kirche St. Elisabeth
  • Wetzlar/Dalheim, Evangelisches Gemeindezentrum
  • Röm.-kath. Pfarrkirche zum hl. Joseph
  • Die Mebold-Orgel (Krypta) St. Michael, Siegen
  • Die Truhenorgel Nikolaikirche, Siegen
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