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Müller & Abel (Opus 56, 1901)

Location:

Zion German Lutheran Church
125 Henry Street
New York City: Brooklyn, NY 11201 US
Organ ID: 6820

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 11, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Pneumatic
  • 42 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 37 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 11, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 37
  • Position: Detached keydesk (mechanical action).
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection, pressure.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 11, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on July 11, 2018.

Database Manager on September 27, 2012:

Updated through online information from Martin. -- During the 1972 - 1974 rebuild, the original instrument was kept in historic condition, as the then incumbent organist / director of music (my father) insisted. No tonal or mechanical changes were done, although they were suggested. Hence this is one of the remaining (possibly only) examples of an unaltered M&A patented Tubular Pneumatic / Tracker combinations. The connections to the chambers is via lead tubes and the console is pure tracker. It is also one of the (perhaps) largest instruments by that builder. We had a great "doctor" of maintenance, renowned by colleagues worldwide for being the best of all, who meticulously maintained her until my father accepted another position. The current technician was called by the subsequent organists and has been there since.

Presently, the instrument's console is currently in need of major restoration (complete rebuilding) and limits exist with playability. This is due to basic maintenance and building condition issues during the past 22 years which has affected the deterioration in the console. The pneumatics in the chambers appear to be fully functional and the leather intact. Highly qualified individuals have been contacted to assist in the restoration and preservation effort. The current technician suggests converting the console to an electric system. Again, as in the 1972-1974 rebuild, the original tonal specifications will be maintained, and hopefully we can also restore and preserve the mechanical (tracker) action console and tubular pneumatics to the chambers. A large undertaking and worthy of this magnificent example is the turn of the (20th) century instrument technology. As the second generation organist for this congregation, it is a privilege to "come home" after a two decade absence and be part of this project.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on November 27, 2010:

Updated through online information from Connor Annable.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1989

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Historic Organs Recital Fall 1989.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from Larry Trupiano: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on October 22, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Organ case: Photograph by Paul Eschenauer via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2008-08-07

Console: Photograph by Paul Eschenauer via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2008-08-07

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Brooklyn Public Library via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1905

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