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Heritage Pipe Organs (2011)

Originally Tellers-Kent Organ Co. (1925)

Location:

Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church
4125 Union Rd.
Cheektowaga (Buffalo), NY 14225 US
Organ ID: 48149

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 15 ranks. 934 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric 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 18, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Registers: 23
  • 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 with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • 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 Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 18, 2018.
Database Manager on February 12, 2012:

Updated through online information from Joel S. Kumro.

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

Database Manager on June 12, 2011:

Identified through online information from Joel S. Kumro. -- The pipe organ was originally built and installed by Tellers-Kent Organ Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1925. It was later moved from the center to one side of the organ loft so that the rose window, which had been covered by the original placement, would again be visible. In December 2009, Father Richard Jesionowski, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, New York, contacted Heritage Pipe Organs of West Valley, New York, to evaluate its chapel-s pipe organ. Heritage evaluated the following components: â—¦ Layout â—¦ Wind chests â—¦ Electrical system â—¦ Blower motor â—¦ Pipe work â—¦ In April 2010, Heritage began work on rebuilding the organ, incorporating as many of the existing components as possible. The casework was cleaned, and the facade pipes were restored by removing the old finish and applying new gold paint. The console shell was also cleaned, and it was fitted with new keyboards, stop tabs, and a new pedal board. The new switching, combination action, and other functions (including MIDI, transposer, record/playback capabilities, and multiple levels of memory) are software based. The main reservoir, which was a relatively recent addition to the organ, was retained. A new German-made blower is now located in the organ; the original blower had been located in the basement. New wind chests for the Great and Swell were constructed using electro-mechanical action, and the off chests were rebuilt using electro-pneumatic action. The Swell box was reduced to its original size, and shades were added to the nave side for more sound egress. A new Swell motor now operates the shades. The 16' Bourdon was retained because of its good condition, and Heritage releathered the stoppers. However, because most of the pipework was in poor condition, many stops needed to be replaced. Heritage was able to incorporate many Johnson & Son stops that it had acquired from Asbury United Methodist Church in Delaware, Ohio. Johnson & Son was a prominent late 19th century pipe organ builder. The instrument has been equipped with state-of-the-art electronics including a 100-level memory system, record and playback, full MIDI implementation; as well as convenient console amenities for the organist. In addition to 22 beautiful, delicately voiced pipe stops, the organist may choose from a bank of 94 additional digitally sampled stops available via the Allen Ensemble MIDI division. With these resources, the organ has an exceptional tonal palette, allowing for wonderful versatility. The instrument can now be utilized to faithfully and beautifully accompany choirs, soloists, and congregational singing. In addition, it will be a valuable performance instrument.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from the console February 11, 2012
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-05-04

Console: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-05-04

Organ Case and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-05-04

Great Pipework: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-05-04

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-05-04

Chapel Interior and Altar: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-12-24

Organ Case: Scanned Image from Chapel History written by Glenn R. Atwell and Ronald Elmer Bratt. Taken on 1979-09-12

Chapel Exterior: Photograph by Joel S. Kumro. Taken on 2011-06-05

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