André THOMAS is born in Ster-Francorchamps in 1939.
After having had training as carpenter, André changed direction in 1957 and went working as an organ builder in a local enterprise during 7 year.
In February 1965 he establishes his own workshop in his hometown Ster. Meanwhile he increases his knowledge by visiting and studying several organs in different countries.
In 1982 the enterprise becomes a ‘BVBA’, and from April 2000, it is Dominique THOMAS, the son of André, who leads the firm.
Today the Organ Manufacture counts 16 members full time. All parts to build and/or restore an organ, are manufactured on site : keyboards, caseworks, sculptures, soundboards, bellows, mechanical actions, organ pipes in wood or tin, voicing, ...
In 52 years, more than 140 new organs left the workshop, and most of them were inspired by old existing or disappeared instruments.
The Organ Manufacture Thomas has also performed about 125 restorations on several organs of the eighteenth and nineteenth Century.
Since January 2016, Jean-Sébastien THOMAS joined partnership with his father, Dominique THOMAS. They are now leading the Company Thomas together.
In the end of the year 2016, the Thomas Organ Manufactory bought part of the former Imprimerie Chauveheid Ets in Stavelot, to settle there after some development work, construction of a montage room, etc. at the end of August 2017.
Our workshops manufacture all components of an organ: caseworks, sculptures, organ pipes both in wood as in tin, soundboards, bellows, keyboards, mechanical actions, voicing, tuning, ...
When building a new organ, the organ Builder adds his personal touch, note and colour to the instrument, that’s how the organ owns its character and becomes unique.
Each instrument is a new discovery !
For the restoration of an organ, the approach is fundamentally different. The organ builder must not only forget his own personal taste, to be as close and respectful as possible to the original instrument. But he also has to search for the necessary information and history of the instrument, to make it possible to mimic all damaged components in the manufacture of the parts to be restored and/or replaced. And to make the organ sound as close as possible as it used to sound.