Updated through information from Stephen Best: -- Organ restored 2010 by Kerner & Merchant Organ Builders of Syracuse, NY
Updated through on-line information from Stephen Best. -- This organ is by C.E. Morey, opus 169, built in 1898 for Olivet Presbyterian Church, Utica, NY. In 1941, it was moved/reinstalled by Paul Buhl at St. Bernard's. The organ is in original condition except for the hand pumping wind mechanism. 2 manuals, mechanical action. Organ is in remarkably good condition, and discussions are underway in 2008 for a sympathetic restoration.
Updated through on-line information from Stephen Best. -- I have had students play recitals on this organ. My comment has to do with the suggestion that the organ came from Grace Church, Utica. I have recently done exhaustive research on the Grace Church organs and have found nothing to indicate that Grace ever had a Morey. The 1881 Marklove in Grace was replaced in 1890 by a Hook and Hastings; the Marklove may have contained pipework for an earlier Andrews. The Marklove was sold to the Baptist church in West Winfield and apparently destroyed when the Baptist church closed. In 1893, Morey & Barnes did install an echo organ at Grace, but it was of electric action without a separate console per a Utica newspaper: "The electric action on the echo organ recently placed by Messrs. Morey & Barnes in Grace Church the past week requires nearly three miles of wire between organ and key board and was successfully worked out by Thomas P. Nightingale on the first trial. Three 75 ampere hour storage cells furnish the power and for ordinary service will not require charging in three months."
From Grace Church, Utica?