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Schlicker Organ Co. (1954)

Originally Hook & Hastings (Opus 1715, 1896)

Location:

Trinity Episcopal Church
371 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14202 US
Gallery Organ
Organ ID: 10997

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered 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 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 63 ranks. 8 divisions. 3 manuals. 51 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) in a gallery at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 18, 2018.
Gallery:
  • Built by Schlicker Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 51
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Scot Huntington on July 07, 2020.

Chancel:
  • Built by Schlicker Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 51
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Scot Huntington on July 07, 2020.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on July 18, 2018.

Database Manager on March 07, 2016:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.
This was one of the first modern organs built in the U.S. with a shallow reflective case surrounding the Great, and as such, was featured in Joseph Blanton's book, "The Organ in Church Design". Most of the chancel organ recycled Hook pipework, along with a number of distinctive ranks in the gallery organ such as the Holzfloete, Trumpet, Untersatz 32', wood Trombone 16', and several strings.

The organ was controlled by two nearly identical "choir-master" consoles, but while the gallery console had a large compliment of pistons, the chancel console only had a rudimentary compliment of pistons. The chancel console was replaced with a new terraced-jamb drawknob console, (with oblique knobs), with a substantial compliment of pistons and controls, and with preparations for a Solo division which has yet to be installed.

Tonally, this is one of the most outstanding organs Schlicker ever produced. It was featured during the O.H.S. 2004 Buffalo convention.

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 2004.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Pitman stop action. Originally provided with a 3m Gallery console identical to that for the Chancel organ, although the Gallery console had a more extensive combination action while the Chancel console combination action was quite spartan-- a considerable challenge as the Chancel console was the most used in the course of regular worship and choral accompaniment. In the mind of the builder however, the Gallery unit was the master console. The majority of the Chancel organ pipework was retainied from the previous Hook & Hastings organ and reworked into the new disposition while the Gallery organ was mostly new. In the early-mid 1990s, the Chancel console was replaced with a terraced-jamb drawknob console with a state-of-the-art solid-state combination action and and extensive compliment of pistons and accessories, also being made moveable for concert presentations. In the years since, the original Gallery console unfortunately has been allowed to deteriorate to the point it is unreliable. For the preformer though, the Gallery console is the most thrilling to perform from, given the immediacy and presence of the gallery instrument. The time delay between Chancel console and Gallery main organ is challenging for the player.

Stop controls for a Solo division and en-chamade reed are prepared for in the new Chancel console. Both originally and now, each console is provided with a two-way stop tablet that selects which console will control the stop action, although the keyboards of both consoles are continually live.

Trinity Episcopal resulted from the merger of Trinity and Christ Episcopal churches in 1884. The original and historic Christ Church building was retained as Trinity Church's Christ Chapel (now empty and unused in 2019). At one time, the liturgical tradition of Trinity was high Anglo-Catholic while St. Paul's Cathedral a few blocks west was traditional Episcopalian.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on July 07, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from 2004 OHS Convention program book - Buffalo, NY
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave, Gallery, and Pipe Displays: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

Chancel and pipe facade: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Brad Engelland. Taken on 2003-05-04

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