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date: 20 August 2019

Schmid, Gerhard locked

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(b Kaufbeuren, Feb 12, 1925; d Sept 2004). German organ builder.

He studied the organ and piano at the Händelkonservatorium in Munich and became the organist in Kaufbeuren in 1946. He received his training in organ building from the Hindelang brothers in Ebenhofen (1945–8) and then worked for Josef Zeilhuber in Altstätten (1949), Albert Moser in Munich (1949–53) and A. Mårtenson in Lund (1953–5). He took his master’s examinations in Munich in 1952 and set up his own business in Kaufbeuren on 1 April 1955. He built organs exclusively with slider chests and mechanical action in cases of solid timber. His display pipes are 90% tin, his mixtures 80%; all the other pipes are 50% spotted metal. He occasionally lectured on the design of organ façades, the use of materials, and voicing. Schmid’s firm had built some 200 new organs by ...

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