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  • Edmund Schulze/Albert Vogel

    I would like to make a general request for any information regarding the following.

    After doing family research into a member of the German side of the family I found out that Albert Vogel, born 1838 in Milbitz, Thuringia, Germany
    was most likely employed by Edmund Schulze of Paulinzella, as an apprentice.

    The Schulze family of Paulinzella were prominent & renowned organ builders during the 1800’s.
    Schlulze was commissioned to build the St George’s Church Organ in Doncaster, England in 1860 and this was completed in 1862.

    My ancestor Albert Vogel was later employed by Forster & Andrews of Hull, Yorkshire, England possibly sometime in the late 1860’s.
    He was to settle in Hull later with his family and attained great merit as a voicer/tuner with the company until his retirement in 1913.

    I am wondering if any members of the forum have heard of Albert Vogel, if he is known to anyone for having worked on the
    Doncaster organ or of any other work he may have been involved in.

    So far I have found few records relating to him either prior to coming to England or indeed with Schulze in Germany.

    I would be most appreciative of any information or recollection anyone may have read about him or his work.
    Thank you in advance
    Kind regards
    David Greenley

  • #2

    Good luck in your search. I know the Allen Organ Company has digitally sampled tones for Diapason pipes that are described as "Schulze" in character. Given that, they may have some information on employees/apprentices of the Schulze family. Their webpage is:

    You may also wish to check some of the free downloadable PDF files at: Sometimes pipe organ construction books will cross-reference various builders.

    Also, consider that he may have used his middle name "Albert."

    Not sure if these help, but surely some town halls would have census records? I'm not sure how it works in Europe.

    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos


    • #3
      Hello Michael
      Thank you for your reply and the information provided.
      I will check them out and see if it will lead to anything.
      Unfortunately he had 2 middle names which makes searching for him even more complicated.
      Luckily I know a little about him after he started working for Forster & Andrews but it would appear he apprenticed
      with Edmund Schulze in Germany, who were renowned for their fine craftsmanship. Apparently Prince Albert (married to Queen Victoria) had invited
      the company over to England after the National Exhibition in 1851. The did an amazing amount of organ building of course
      on the continent and sent out many of their employees to do work on overseas projects too.
      I know nothing really about organs but thought your forum would be a good place to start to see if the name is known to anyone.
      Thank you so much for your kind help.