The former Federation of Master Organ Builders was an employers organisation with the original intention of promoting, achieving and sustaining the highest standards in the building and care of pipe organs, an aspiration that is to be congratulated. The Incorporated Society of Organ Builders is a worldwide body for both employees and employers in Organ Building Companies, with properly examined qualification levels whose members can use letters of qualification after their names.

Why join the I.S.O.B.? what would you get out of it? we would say “why not”

Regular meetings are held throughout the United Kingdom where you have the opportunity of meeting like minded people, seeing the latest ideas in organ building, where you can hone your skills or pass your knowledge onto others, everybody has something to learn or something to give.

The Objects of the Society are to advance the science and practice of Organ Building, by discussion, inquiry, research, experiment and other means and to diffuse knowledge regarding Organ Building by means of lectures, publications and the exchange of information.

To provide a central organisation for Organ Builders, and generally elevate the status and procure the advancement of the interests of the profession.

To join the ISOB

Please send an email or letter to our secretary at the addresses below to start the process. This may include a visit to recently completed work and some form of trade test. Any members wishing to bring in students (apprentices) to the society, this is a automatic process with no checks required providing the member is in good standing with the society.

Recently, we introduced a new “Companion” level. This level gives an introduction to the ISOB and is open to anyone with an interest in Pipe Organs.

ISOB Application Form Companion 2021 (PDF 316K)

Please send the completed form to The Secretary:
Mr Andrew Hayden,

79 The Common,



NR13 3LX

or by email :

Students will be upgraded to members automatically after five years, providing they are still in the employ of the member who proposed them. Any member wishing to change their membership may apply in writing to the secretary to do so, this will incur a visit to inspect their recent work for which expenses will be payable.