justinf Posted September 8, 2008 Share Posted September 8, 2008 The Contrebasse 16' is a fixture in French pedal deparments, but I'm having a tough time understanding what it is. The organstops site describes it as a string (double bass), but I suspect there is more to it than that. Many Cavaillé-Coll pedal departments are based on the Contrebasse+Soubasse pair (St. Ouen, Ste.-Trinité, NDP), and at La Madeleine the only 16' flue is a Contrebasse. Is the Contrebasse a principal then, or perhaps a string which adds harmonics to the Soubasse to create principal tone? What makes it different than a Violonbasse? When looking at the Mander organ of St. Ignatius Loyola, should I mentally translate Montre/Contrebasse/Soubasse to Open Diapason/Violone/Bourdon? While searching these forums, I found two specs from Pierre, one that extends a Contrebasse to an Octave, while the other extends it to a Violoncelle. On another site I read about a Fisk/Rosales organ in Texas where the Contrebasse is extended to Flûte 8' and Flûte 4'. (Then again, isn't the term "Flûte" sometimes used for a principal in France?) The more I read, the less I know, unfortunately. Thanks in advance for helping to clear up this Contrebasse contretemps. --Justin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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