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  • Organ Design - Optimum Stops

    I found an interesting article in the "Diapason" that gives the fundamentals of organ design for general church use. This article is by Jack Bethards, the head of Schoenstein Co. in San Francisco. He describes the method of deciding which stops to include, which manuals to use them on, and how to select pedal stops to complement the manual stops. I found it quite informative.

    The title is "Organ Design and The Kraft Music Hall". The diapason web site for article is

    http://www.thediapason.com/dp/main.cfm/powergrid/rfah=|cfap=/CFID/2918120/CFTOKEN/43411611/fuseaction/showArticle/articleID/3718

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    Re: Organ Design - Optimum Stops

    Greetings,

    Interesting.... I'd be interested to know how the instruments act given the extended and duplexed stops. Personally I am not in agreement with giving unit registers different names than their parent ranks. Even so I'm sure the instruments make fine music.

    Best,

    -N

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      Re: Organ Design - Optimum Stops

      While this may be true for the french romantic school, I don't agree using this as a base for the more baroque ideal.

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        Re: Organ Design - Optimum Stops

        Greetings,

        I'd agree with that. I don't think one can get much more non-baroque unless they remove the mutations and mixtures from these specs.

        - N

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