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Trinity Episcopal Church
371 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202

Christ Chapel

OHS Database ID 10999.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition, but is not in use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 24, 2019.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 19 stops. 25 registers. 24 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 2004. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • In a common expression box. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from David Snyder. (Database Manager. December 30, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from scot huntington.
    The organ was loudened by Donald Bohall, head of the Schlicker service department ca. 1974. This organ was the first tonally fully developed neo-baroque organ built by Hermann Schlicker, and served as a demonstration organ for interested clients visiting the factory, until the large organ was built in the main church three years later. (Database Manager. October 26, 2016)
  • Updated by Scot Huntington, who has heard or played the organ.
    In recent years the church demographics have changed. The chapel is now unused, has been cleared of furniture, and is presently used as a storage area. The organ is functional but unused, sadly lapsing into unplayability. As originally built, the organ was rather gentle- the chapel being used for morning prayer and intimate weddings, funerals, and the occasional Evensong or minor liturgical service. Dr. John Hofmann, organist of the church for over 30 years and Organ Professor at SUNY Fredonia, had the organ loudened slightly as it was ineffective at leading hymn singing when the chapel was full. The loudening by Bohall was expertly and sympathetically done, but the organ lost something of its original silvery elegance in the process, going from understated to forthright. (Thurlow Weed. October 24, 2019)

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  • Original document from Scot Huntington.. Source: Stoplist from console, July 2019
    Buffalo, NY
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Organ by Schlicker Organ Co. 1951
    Entire organ enclosed in one Swell box.
    GREAT                              POSITIVE                   PEDAL
    8' Lieblich Gedeckt                8' Quintade                16' Subbass                
    8' Salicional                      4' Rohrfloete               8' Principal
    4' Octave                          2' Principal                4' Octave
    2' Gemshorn                        1 1/3' Larigot              1' Nachthorn
    III Mixture                        II  Sesquialtera           16' Contra Fagott
    8'  Schalmey                       III Cymbel                  2' Cornet
        Tremulant                          Tremulant                  Tremulant
        Positive to Great                  Chimes                     Great to Pedal
                                                                      Positive to Pedal
    Pistons:  Great 1-3;  Positive 1-3;  Pedal 1-3 (toe)
    Generals: 1-5 (toe)
  • Click Here Original document from Scot Huntington.. Source: Stoplist from console, July 2019 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.