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  • How Were Specifications Determined?

    Hi all,

    I recently played a small concert at a church which had a Conn Minuet Model 461. (See my thread in General Chat.) In thinking about the organ and older spinet organs in general, I have begun to wonder about the decision making process for the stops/specifications for the analogue, older spinets, especially the small- to middle-size instruments. (Most of the larger spinets I have encountered have a wide variety stops and are often just slightly a scaled-down specification of a console model.) Why would a certain manufacturer decide to put stop X and not Y on an organ when a comparable model from another company would include stop Y but not X? This question had never occurred to me before and seems particularly interesting when there are not many stops.

    Just pondering the question.

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    With most design, it comes down to constraints and designer/customer preferences (or at least perceived customer preferences).

    A customer (or customer base) may expect certain things on an organ. Then a designer may fill in the rest with either their own preferences or stops that complement the customer's expectations.
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