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    There is this pipe organ that I have to play next week, and I was given a page with the specifications of the organ (I haven't seen it!) so it calls the manuals the Great and the Positive but I always perceived the positive as being the Choir manual not the swell but I have never known an organ to not have a swell manual so is the positive the same as the swell in this case. Below are a list of the specifications. Also. from the list below could you tell me which manual is the great - the upper or lower? I am guessing Lower?


    Upper Manual

    Spitzflute
    8'
    Rohrflute
    4'
    Fifteenth
    2'


    Lower Manual

    Open Diapason
    8'
    Stopped Diapason
    8'
    Principal
    4'
    Gemshorn
    2'
    Mixture
    III - IV
    Trumpet
    8'


    Pedal

    Bourdon
    16'


    Couplers (Foot Activated)

    Pedal-Lower, Pedal-Upper, Lower to Upper

    And another question is about the coupler Lower-Upper ...should that not be Upper-Lower or is there such thing as an organ that has a Lower to Upper coupler? Because I have to play a piece that requires me to go from bottom manual to the top manual while the Swell-Great Coupler is on but by the looks of that info the coupler is Lower to Upper which in my opinion translates as Great to Swell if the Swell is the bottom manual which means on this organ I should be going from Top to bottom!
    Also, it says this as well: "The instrument, which consists of 10 stops spread over two manuals and pedals, is housed in a mahogany case with the two manual departments disposed vertically, the Great being above the Positive, and the pedal pipes flanking either sided of the soundboards." Does the fact it says "the Great being above the Positive" mean that the actual great manual is above the positive or is it just referring to the pipes?! Thanks for any advice! I am seriously freaking out here and I won't be able to contact my teacher before next week! :-)

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    The lower manual is the Great and the Upper manual is the Positive (think of it as an unenclosed Swell).
    The couplers appear to be named backwards from what is customary. I am virtually certain that the Upper couples down to the Lower; i.e., Swell to Great. I am also virtually certain that the manuals couple down to the Pedal; i.e., Great to Pedal and Swell to Pedal.

    You really need to get some practice time on this organ. This would put your questions to rest and make you more comfortable with the stops, touch of the keyboards, etc. It looks like a very nice little organ and may be relatively easy to get comfortable with.

    Good luck and God bless!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Menschenstimme View Post
      The lower manual is the Great and the Upper manual is the Positive (think of it as an unenclosed Swell).
      The couplers appear to be named backwards from what is customary. I am virtually certain that the Upper couples down to the Lower; i.e., Swell to Great. I am also virtually certain that the manuals couple down to the Pedal; i.e., Great to Pedal and Swell to Pedal.

      You really need to get some practice time on this organ. This would put your questions to rest and make you more comfortable with the stops, touch of the keyboards, etc. It looks like a very nice little organ and may be relatively easy to get comfortable with.

      Good luck and God bless!
      Thank you so much! You have certainly made me a lot less nervous about it now! Since the time in which I made this thread I have arranged to get an half hours practice time on the organ but I amn't as worried now so thanks for that!

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