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    Does anybody know what the scale is that Skinner used for his dispasions? Thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by AndrewI13
    Does anybody know what Skinner's scale was for his diapasons? Thanks!
    I'm quite sure it varied, depending on the instrument and the space in which it was installed.

    Did you have a particular organ in mind?

    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos


    • #3
      Michael is correct. Also, on larger instruments he would often have a 1st and 2nd 8' Open diapason on the great, and another Diapason on the Swell. I recall a Skinner someplace in Westchester County, New York (north of Manhattan) that had a "Processional Diapason." This was a really large scale stop. I am sorry I cannot recall what church it was in, but there is an English Diapason in the Echo Division of the 1928 Skinner organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco. This is identified as a "processional stop." Here is the link: http://aeolianskinner.organhistorica.../Op00477a.html

      My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk


      • #4
        Depended on the building. Big building - big scale. Small building - small scale. It also depended on the division. A choir diapason would be smaller than the main diapason in the Great or Pedal.


        • #5
          What step would he half on in one of his larger scales


          • #6
            Originally posted by AndrewI13 View Post
            What step would he half on in one of his larger scales
            again, the correct answer is "it depends". Most diapason type stops typically halve on the 16th step (not including 'pipe number one') (this only applies to pipe diameters, not lengths). so pipe number 1 (low C of the 8' Diapason) has a given diameter, pipe number 17 (which would be E of the tenor octave) would be half the diameter of low C. Halving ratios vary from stop to stop tepending on the tonality involved...string halve at a slower rate for example. Reed stops have a completely different halving ratio for the resonators.

            Rick in VA