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From a church magazine in Essex, November 2005. (The contributor was describing the functions and stops of the organ, recently acquired by the parish).

 

"The [HohlFlute] may be said to date from the time when William Hill (organ builder of note), bored two holes through the top of a wood pipe and labelled it Hole Flute!"

 

Hautbois - A stop invented by Mr Hope-Jones, and consisting of metallic plates set into vibration by an alternating current of air. The tone resembled that of gongs."

 

"The Venetian Swell was first adapted to the organ by Green, and soon superseded the original so-called Nag's Head Swell."

 

Can anyone improve on these, do you think ?

 

Despairingly,

 

Headcase

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