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  • Most effective unification?

    Greetings,



    So, in your organ world, is there one
    unit rank in particular that struck you as being most effective and
    convincing?



    If I were to try and summarize my
    personal "guidelines" for unification, it would probably be something
    like this (and in no particular order):



    - Try to unify a rank at non-consectutive pitches



    Example: Unify a chorus reed which is subservient to the 8' at 16' and 4' pitches



    - Unify a rank so as to provide two functions which are not likely to be useful at the same time



    Example: Unify a manual 16'
    Lieblich to provide a 4' stopped flute for smaller registrations



    - Flutes, Strings, and non-agressive Reeds are much more tolerant of consecutive pitch unification



    Best,



    Nathan




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    Re: Most effective unification?

    To me, unification of Principals is, forgive the term, the mortal sin. In certain situations an overly unified organ reaches critical mass and it can seem like the "middle" just drops right out.

    Like anything, there exists a time and place for it, and likewise, it can be done effectively and it can be done poorly.

    When unfied, ranks such a flutes and principals often require they be voiced with an inordinate amount of power in the treble range, making them less useful as a single stop.

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    • #3
      Re: Most effective unification?

      Greetings,

      One example of unification at neighboring pitches that I have found to be effective is a Swell Salicional made available at 4' - especially if no 4' Principal is present. Not only does it make a good tuning stop, but I'd much rather give up the Swell 4' Principal in favor of a real 8' Diapason!

      - N

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