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    Antiphonal Harmonics Sections in pipe organs

    I recently went to assist in tuning a Wicks organ in Los Angeles California. The instrument which was installed in 1973 has what is called an Antiphonal Harmonics section which is a series of 10 pistons of odd harmonics with 6 additional pistons for level of expression. The pipes for the 'Antiphonal Harmonics' are housed in a small box all there own with there own set of shades. I was told that this and the rest of the organ was built based on 'book theory' and no real world experience. To think of the expense which went into this particular part in manufacturing not to mention the additional wiring to make it work. Sure what it does is noticable when you turn it on, but how musically valuable is it? It almost sounds as if the designer was trying to introduce odd harmonics like those that are found in a tone wheel hammond organ, haha

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    You know, if they put that division on a big turntable and spun at the right speed, they actually might have something. :-D

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      """a series of 10 pistons of odd harmonics with 6 additional pistons for level of expression"""

      Did it have full (theater organ depth) tremulant too--as to get a 'gospel' music sound out of it?

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