Buffalo, New York, 1899-1930.
From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 7, 2018. -
"1888/1899â€ in David Fox-s Guide, repeated in the PC Database, is probably a slip for "1898/1899.â€ The first listing of Charles Viner in the Buffalo city directory is in the directory for 1889, where he is characterized as an "organ tuner.â€ The directories for 1890, 1891, 1892, and 1893 repeat this characterization. In the directory for 1894 he is characterized as an "organ builder,â€ but he is listed under the heading "Organ Tunersâ€ in the "Buffalo Business Directoryâ€ section. In the 1895 directory he is listed as an "organ manufacturer,â€ but in the "Buffalo Business Directoryâ€ section he is still listed under "Organ Tuners.â€ In the 1896 directory he is listed as Charles E. Viner, "organ maker,â€ and is listed under "Organ Buildersâ€ in the business directory. In the 1897 directory he is Charles Viner, "organ builderâ€ (Charles E. Viner, under "Organ Builders,â€ in the business directory), and Charles B. Viner is listed (for the first time) as an "organ voicerâ€; both are at the same address. The 1898 directory lists Charles Viner, "organ builder,â€ and Charles B. Viner, "organ builderâ€; again, Charles E. Viner is listed under "Organ Buildersâ€ in the business directory. The 1899 directory lists Charles Viner and Charles B. Viner, both of Viner & Son, and the firm Viner & Son (Charles and Charles B. Viner), "organ buildersâ€; in the business directory, Viner & Son is listed under "Music and Musical Instruments,â€ while Charles E. Viner is listed under "Organ Builders.â€ Listings of Charles Viner, Charles B. Viner, and Viner & Son appear in the directories for 1900 to 1911. In the directories for 1912 and 1913 only Charles B. Viner and Viner & Son are listed.
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -
Succeeded Garret House firm; established by Charles and Charles B. Viner 1888/1899 in Buffalo, New York, active until 1930; (succeeded by Viner Organ Co.).
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