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New York, New York, 1893-1903.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, November 6, 2015. —

Oscar Müller and George Abel were employees of the Roosevelt Organ Works. When the Roosevelt firm closed following the death of Frank Roosevelt in 1893, Müller and Abel established their own factory in New York City, building sixty-two organs between 1893 and 1902.

The Church of St. Joseph (Yorkville) - New York City contains a well-preserved example of their work, Opus 9 built in 1895. [OHS Organ ID=8307]

"The conception of the windchest mechanism of St. Joseph's organ was entirely original with Müller & Abel, and was designed to allow more wind to gently enter the pipes. This unique feature, together with the unenclosed Great division-which was atypical of the period-produces a full, resonant sound, similar to a large cathedral organ. The organ at St. Joseph's survives essentially intact, although the original console was replaced in the 1960s. While the console was updated with solid-state equipment, all of the original pipework and electro-pneumatic chests remain as they were over a hundred years ago."

Source:

  • New York City Chapter of the AGO. "Organ Project/Church of St. Joseph - Yorkville", accessed November 6, 2015, http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StJosephRCYorkville.html

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Partnership of Oscar Müller and George Abel in New York City, New York, 1893-1903. Involuntary bankruptcy in 1902.

Sources:

  • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades).
  • Stephen Pinel.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 47 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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