Clavecin Posted February 27, 2009 Share Posted February 27, 2009 I am now on my 2nd generation toaster at home, and it boasts a most profound and effective 32ft - Hotpoint 32! However, this stop doesn't have a drawstop in the traditional sense, it's only activated when 'the wife' is doing the washing. On spin cycle the washing machine generates a low pitched resonance which permeates the whole house, this is barely audible in my music room but combines superbly with the bottom end of the pedal 16ft registers. I've not been able to discern the exact pitch of this resonance, but it seems to be a harmonic which reacts with just about every note in the 16ft bottom octave to produce a superb Contra Bourdon effect which underpins the rest beautifully. It's most effective from bottom F to B (as are most quiet 32s) but is still there on the lowest notes. But, there's a bonus - when the washer goes onto its high-speed spin the effect becomes a more biting Contra Violone! I play a lot of Cesar Franck (lots of opportunities for quiet 32 under Celestes or Vox Humana/tremulant) and am currently learning 'Grande Piece Symphonique' - a rather time consuming task; and so try to time practice sessions with washing sessions. It's wonderful; no need for speakers the size of wardrobes, no need for those dreadful mutations which just add a hollow growl. Anyboby else got a Hoover 32, Ariston 32, Zanussi 32, Indesit 32? DT Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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