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  • what in heck is a Ludwig Tone?

    This was handwritten on a sticker on two of the stop tabs on the former pipe organ console that is the basis of my VPO MIDI project. I've checked the organ stop wiki, and my instructor never heard of it. Anyone with a clue? There was a hand-written note under the nameboard that said the stop tabs were replaced in 1995, so whatever a 'Ludwig Tone' is, it must have been added after that or it would have gotten an engraved stop. There were a whole bunch of pasted on labels on stops but the rest were pretty ordinary.
    Home Organ: VPO Home-Brewed from a former Klann pipe organ console

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    Try here
    http://www.organstops.org/l/Ludwigtone.html

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5_AAvTDdX34

    https://organforum.com/forums/forum/...955-ludwigtone
    Last edited by RogerM; 03-01-2020, 04:18 AM.
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    • #3
      RogerM,

      Great find. I tried finding that thread, but coudln't for some reason.

      This thread reminds me of the thread asking about the Aliquot stop. Only recently, I discovered there is such a thing on a piano, as well. On the piano, the Aliquot is only used on the treble notes at the top of the keyboard. A 4th string is tuned to the same pitch as the other 3 strings the hammer strikes. When the note is sounded, the 4th string begins resonating sympathetically with the other three. The result is a stronger, longer tone to some of the weakest tones on the piano.

      To date, I'm only familiar with Blüthner pianos that use this technique, but I believe there is at least one other brand, which has employed this method of Aliquot strings, but I can't remember the make.

      On the organ, however, the Aliquot generally refers to a mutation stop. However, on the one organ I played with an Aliquot stop, it was listed as a Reed stop. I really didn't find it that useful.

      Michael
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      • #4
        Originally posted by myorgan View Post
        RogerM,

        Great find. I tried finding that thread, but coudln't for some reason.
        All found by googling ludwig tone organ. Beyond my usual field of attention but very interesting.

        Roger

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        • myorgan
          myorgan commented
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          Maybe I'm using too specific operators to find articles. Thanks for finding it.

          Michael

        • Admin
          Admin commented
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          Searching for Ludwigtone in titles using the Forum search brings up two different threads on this. Many more hits on forum posts if the title restriction is removed or the search is changed to ludwig tone.

        • lizny
          lizny commented
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          I must have done my search after one of those three martini lunches that so afflict my lessons!

      • #5
        FYI, it is ludwigtone, one word, and not two separate words. Basically a diminutive foundation celeste made with one pipe and putting two mouths on the pipe with a dividing panel.

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        • RogerM
          RogerM commented
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          Actually I now think I did use one word but it is often wise to search using common misspellings as search engines can be very precise in their recognition of what you are looking for. Admittedly not so here as Google is pretty good at providing alternative spellings.

          I once sold a photograph of a scene in the Czech Republic I think because I was the only contributor to spell the town name correctly. The buyer would have had many more to chose from if he had misspelled the name. My listings now include known misspellings, as well as US and English alternatives, in order to attract a bigger audience/market.
          Last edited by RogerM; 03-01-2020, 04:09 PM.

      • #6
        A flute celeste, one pipe divided to produce two pipes, tuned off pitch, one side sharp and one side flat. Sort of a thwap type of celeste. Some people love it some not so much, might sound best when combined with other ranks.

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