kropf Posted November 13, 2008 Share Posted November 13, 2008 Dear community, German late romantic organ building - i. e. the Walcker firm and others - introduced the splitting of a divisions' soundboard into one layer for the larger stops, and one for the smaller ones. The latter usually hosted stops of 4' length and smaller, the rest was on the other soundboard, which was located above the 4'-soundboard. Technically one could talk about two divisions, but they were controlled and thought as a unit. The action system was usually the Kegellade (cone chest), with pneumatic or electropneumatic action. By this way, it was possible to have many stops, even if there was a lack of depth of the space affordable. Of course, height must not be an issue. I did not hear so many examples live, but have seen layouts, where the 4'-layer was often somewhat hidden in the organ (or below facade pipe level), and at least the 8'/16'-layer covered the free projection of sound from the smaller pipes. Is this practice known in English organs, was it applied to slider chests, too, and are there thoughts or impressions about the outcome? Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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