Saint Joseph's Yorkville Müller & Able Organ
Müller & Able built the organ in 1895 and was installed upon completion of the present building. “The conception of the windchest mechanism of St. Joseph’s organ was entirely original with Müller & Abel, and was designed to allow more wind to gently enter the pipes. This unique feature, together with the unenclosed Great division—which was atypical of the period—produces a full, resonant sound, similar to a large cathedral organ.
The organ at St. Joseph’s survives essentially intact, although the original console was replaced in the 1960s. While the console was updated with solid-state equipment, all of the original pipework and electro-pneumatic chests remain as they were over a hundred years ago. The instrument, which has been exceptionally well-maintained throughout its history, was rebuilt in 1994 by John Randolph and in 2004 by Meloni & Farrier,” according to NYCAGO.
“Oscar Müller and George Abel, both German immigrants, were employed in the Roosevelt Organ Works of New York, Philadelphia and Boston, the preeminent organ builders from 1870 through 1893. When the Roosevelt firm ceased operations, Müller and Abel established their own factory in New York City, building sixty-two organs between 1893 and 1902.”