Colin Harvey Posted May 11, 2005 Share Posted May 11, 2005 What do people find are the most useful reeds to have on the swell organ to accompany Choral Evensong? I recently visited an establishment which only had 2 swell reeds - a 16' basson and an 8' vox humana and it was obvious that accompanying the choir was very difficult with just those resources. I feel that a quiet reed which blends with the foundations upto 4' or 2' is really useful - something like an Oboe or Hautboy at 8' pitch, with a louder reed for "full swell". I find the oboe is best at 8' pitch - it gives a muddy effect if it's at 16' pitch and doesn't work with that useful combination of just 8' foundations. Also, I don't find the "trumpet with closed box" makes a particularly useful expressive oboe effect because when you open the box, it turns into a Trumpet.... What do people think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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