Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.
This was one of the first modern organs built in the U.S. with a shallow reflective case surrounding the Great, and as such, was featured in Joseph Blanton's book, "The Organ in Church Design". Most of the chancel organ recycled Hook pipework, along with a number of distinctive ranks in the gallery organ such as the Holzfloete, Trumpet, Untersatz 32', wood Trombone 16', and several strings.
The organ was controlled by two nearly identical "choir-master" consoles, but while the gallery console had a large compliment of pistons, the chancel console only had a rudimentary compliment of pistons. The chancel console was replaced with a new terraced-jamb drawknob console, (with oblique knobs), with a substantial compliment of pistons and controls, and with preparations for a Solo division which has yet to be installed.
Tonally, this is one of the most outstanding organs Schlicker ever produced. It was featured during the O.H.S. 2004 Buffalo convention.
Status Note: There 2004.
Pitman stop action. Originally provided with a 3m Gallery console identical to that for the Chancel organ, although the Gallery console had a more extensive combination action while the Chancel console combination action was quite spartan-- a considerable challenge as the Chancel console was the most used in the course of regular worship and choral accompaniment. In the mind of the builder however, the Gallery unit was the master console. The majority of the Chancel organ pipework was retainied from the previous Hook & Hastings organ and reworked into the new disposition while the Gallery organ was mostly new. In the early-mid 1990s, the Chancel console was replaced with a terraced-jamb drawknob console with a state-of-the-art solid-state combination action and and extensive compliment of pistons and accessories, also being made moveable for concert presentations. In the years since, the original Gallery console unfortunately has been allowed to deteriorate to the point it is unreliable. For the preformer though, the Gallery console is the most thrilling to perform from, given the immediacy and presence of the gallery instrument. The time delay between Chancel console and Gallery main organ is challenging for the player.
Stop controls for a Solo division and en-chamade reed are prepared for in the new Chancel console. Both originally and now, each console is provided with a two-way stop tablet that selects which console will control the stop action, although the keyboards of both consoles are continually live.
Trinity Episcopal resulted from the merger of Trinity and Christ Episcopal churches in 1884. The original and historic Christ Church building was retained as Trinity Church's Christ Chapel (now empty and unused in 2019). At one time, the liturgical tradition of Trinity was high Anglo-Catholic while St. Paul's Cathedral a few blocks west was traditional Episcopalian.