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    Tremulants

    I want to adjust the tremulants on my organ and was surprised that I could not find a discussion about them on this forum. I also checked the internet and YouTube, but not much came up there either. I am posting this in this thread because my interest is in playing classical organ literature.

    Generally I like a gentle tremulant, however I have heard some organs in Europe where the tremulant is quite deep. So i thought it would be interesting to query the collective wisdom on this forum.

    What do you consider an ideal speed? I am not sure if there is a standard for measuring this, but I thought if we equated it to metronome settings we could have a common understanding.

    What do you consider an ideal depth? This would be more difficult to quantify, but perhaps we could use try to use a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the shallowest and 10 is the deepest. If you have an alternative suggestion for this, please share it.

    I have four divisions, Great, Swell, Positive and Solo. Would you set the tremulants the same for each division? If not what would you consider ideal for each division?
    Bill

    My home organ: Content M5800

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    In my experience with adjusting trems on electronic organs, I find that the right speed is a sweet spot that just sounds right to my ears--faster sounds too fast and slower sounds like it needs to get moving.

    Depth is far more flexible to my ears--heaviest on flutes, moderate on diapasons and strings, and lightest on reeds except the vox humana which can take a heavy trem especially if aiming for a theatre organ sound.

    Generally, you never set two trems on the same instrument at exactly the same speed.

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      Thanks for the response, Toodles. I plan to adjust the Solo division for the benefit of the Vox Humana because I want to use it with the celeste for Franck's Chorale No. 1. I think I will have a very gentle undulation on the Great, since I won't be using the tremulant on that division too often. This might be nice to use on flues for early music. The Swell will has the most "romantic" disposition, so I will have it a bit more prominent here to use with the reeds. The Positive has the mutations and cromhorne which are the stops I would use it with most in this division.

      The tremulants listed from most gentle to most prominent will be Great, Positiv, Swell, Solo.

      I really appreciate your sharing your opinion.
      Bill

      My home organ: Content M5800

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