Pierre Lauwers Posted October 13, 2004 Share Posted October 13, 2004 Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, This is another british peculiarity I find interesting, these trumpet-scaled stops (and full-lenght) but with bassoon reeds. Seemingly started with Willis and later Harrison & Harrison, these "Trombas" and the kind of Tuba I prefer (smooth, like in Westminster), these stops, while known by Cavaillé-Coll (who was Willis's friend after all) and german builders, where never built on the continent. There may exist some "Tuba mirabilis", but rather free-toned. French reeds are so pervasive that whenever one Trompette is drawn, the rest is at once superseded ; closed-tone reeds just "fills in" a diapason chorus so it may be an useful supplementary step in the crescendo (in an organ built on romantic lines). The smooth Tuba I find very interesting as a solo stop to be pitted against choruses, "demi grand-choeur" or full-Swell. But there are no two Tubas alike, I prefer the smooth ones, not overdone in power and enclosed in a Swell-box (contrarily to the common practice having it the only unenclosed stop of its department). Have such stops been tried in designs that provide "french" reeds too? Most important, are they bound to high pressures to the point they would be impossible to pair with mechanichal action? Best wishes, Pierre Lauwers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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