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Zion German Lutheran Church
125 Henry Street
New York City: Brooklyn, New York 11201

OHS Database ID 6819.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 112.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2012-09-27.


Technical Details

Tubular pneumatic key action [pressure]. Pneumatic stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 38 stops. 42 ranks. 2395 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The mechanical action console is detached from the main case.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs. Hitchdown couplers.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1989 (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Historic Organs Recital Fall 1989. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Updated through online information from Connor Annable. (Database Manager. 2010-11-27)
  • 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 insisted (my father). 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. (Database Manager. 2012-09-27)

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • German Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Brooklyn, NY
    
    Organ by Muller (Müller) & Abel (1901, Opus 56)
    
    GREAT (uneclosed)
       16' Double Open Diapason
        8' Open Diapason
        8' Gemshorn
        8' Viola di Gamba
        8' Doppel Floete
        4' Octave
        4' Hohlfloete
    2 2/3' Octave Quint
        2' Super Octave
           IV Mixture
        8' Trumpet
    
    SWELL  (enclosed)
       16' Bourdon (*)
        8' Open Diapason
        8' Salicional
        8' Aeoline
        8' Vox Celestis  (tc)
        8' Stopped Diapason
        4' Octave
        4' Flute Harmonique
        2' Flageolet
           III Cornet
        8' Cornopean
        8' Oboe
        8' Vox Humana
    
       (*) On separate chest in rear of Swell
     
    CHOIR  (enclosed)
        8' Geigen Principal
        8' Dolce
        8' Concert Flute
        8' quintadena
        4' Fugara
        4' Flute d'Amour
        2' Piccolo Harmnique
        8' Clarinet
           Tremulant
    
    PEDAL
        16' Open Diapason
        16' Bourdon
        16' Lieblich Gedacht SW 
    10 2/3' Quint
         8' Violoncello
        16' Trombone
    
    "One of the largest Müller and Abel organs known to have been built, and the largest surviving in 
    orginal ..."
    
    "The tonal structure of Müller and Abel organs, though similar to that of Frank Roosevelt, shows 
    both originality and careful thought."
    
    
    /ds/
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.