Hatchlands Surrey Cobbe Collection Restoration of 1759 Snetzler Chamber Organ

The organ was made by John Snetzler in 1759, and rebuilt by John Banfield of Birmingham in 1906. It was restored by Edward Bennett, Martin Goetze, Stuart Dobbs and Roland Koch in 1995-6. The pitch was restored, a new mixture imitating Snetzler’s mixture at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe made to replace the 1906 Keraulophon, new stop knobs, restored wind chest, etc.

The organ was moved to Alec Cobbe’s Collection of musical instruments in the National Trust house at Hatchlands near Guildford in Surrey in 1989. It came from Wellesbourne Methodist Church 1916, and before that Barford Hill House, and originally Sherbourne Hall, Warwickshire.

Stopped Diapason (8ft)
Open Diapason treble (8ft)
Dulciana treble (8ft)
Principal bass (4ft)
Principal treble (4ft)
Flute (4ft)
Fifteenth bass (2ft)
Fifteenth treble (2ft)
Sesquialtera III (GG 1 3/5 1 1/3 1, g#¹ 2 1 3/5 1 1/3)
Cornet III (c¹ 2 2/3 2 1 3/5 )

The shifting movement leaves the Diapasons, Dulciana and Flute.
Key compass GG AA – f³, divided at bº/c¹ (treble stop c¹ – f³)
The pitch is now as originally a¹=425Hz.
The tuning is now Werkmeister III “so that all the keys can be played”
Bellows 1906, wind pressure 55mm