New Inspiration for Organbuilding

Getting to play another actual pipe organ has renewed my interest in building one someday in my house.  I looked at actual stoplists of residence organs, both self-contained and chamber, and have come up with some different ideas:

All-Wood (~$7,000)

This is an all-wood organ based on Raphi Gianguilo’s efforts.  I have the ability and equipment to build this any time I get enough room:

MANUAL

  • 8′ Montre (lowest two octaves from Bourdon)
  • 8′ Bourdon
  • 4′ Prestant
  • 2′ Doublette

PEDAL

  • 16′ Soubasse
  • COUPLER

Small Organ (~$11,000 used parts)

MANUAL I

  • 8′ Stopped Flute
  • 8′ Open Diapason
  • 4′ Spitzflute
  • TREMULANT

MANUAL II

  • 8′ Chimney Flute
  • 4′ Principal

PEDAL

  • 16′ Bourdon
  • MANUAL I TO PEDAL

Chamber Organ (~$17,000 used parts)

GREAT

  • 16′ Quintaden
  • 8′ Prestant
  • 8′ Gemshorn
  • 8′ Chimney Flute
  • 4′ Principal
  • 4′ Harmonic Flute
  • 2 2/3′ Twelfth
  • 2′ Fifteenth
  • 2′ Night Horn
  • IV Mixture
  • II Cymbal
  • 16′ Bombarde
  • 8′ Trumpet
  • 8′ Krummhorn
  • 4′ Clarion
  • Tremulant
  • SWELL TO GREAT

SWELL

  • 8′ Open Diapason
  • 8′ Principal
  • 8′ Salicional
  • 8′ Vox Celeste
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Chimney Flute
  • 2 2/3′ Nazard
  • 2′ Doublette
  • 2′ Block Flute
  • 1 3/5′ Tierce
  • 1′ Sifflet
  • IV Sharp Mixture
  • 16′ Contra Fagotto
  • 8′ Trompette
  • 8′ Hautbois
  • 8′ Vox Humana
  • 4′ Regal
  • Tremulant

PEDAL

  • 32′ Contre Basse
  • 16′ Open Diapason
  • 16′ Soubasse
  • 16′ Lieblich Gedeckt
  • 8′ Octave
  • 8′ Bourdon
  • 4′ Choral Bass
  • II Mixture
  • 32′ Contre Bombarde
  • 16′ Ophicleide
  • 16′ Posaune
  • 8′ Tromba
  • GREAT TO PEDAL
  • SWELL TO PEDAL

I think I can design a chamber organ that’s better suited to the kind of music I like to play than the French Romantic one above.  Also, that organ was designed for a house that didn’t have immediate neighbors.  There’s no way to scale back the overall sound level when you start throwing around ranks like Bombarde and Ophicleide.  😛  Here’s the one I would build:

Rationale
I’d like to have a principal chorus.  All other ranks can be divided.

GREAT

  •     16′    Bourdon
  •     8′    Principal
  •     8′    Rohrflöte
  •     4′    Octave
  •     4′    Gemshorn
  •     2 2/3′    Twelfth
  •     2′    Fifteenth
  •     1 3/5′    Tierce (TC)
  •     III    Mixture
  •     8′    Trompete
  •     4′    Clarion (ext.)
  • SWELL TO GREAT

SWELL

  •     8′    Gemshorn
  •     8′    Salicional
  •     8′    Vox Celeste
  •     4′    Rohrflöte
  •     2 2/3′    Nazard
  •     2′    Nachthorn
  •     1 1/3′    Larigot (ext.)
  •     16′    Contra Fagotto
  •     8′    Oboe
  •     4′    Regal
  •         Tremulant

PEDAL

  •     32′    Resultant
  •     16′    Bourdon (Great)
  •     16′    Open Diapason (ext.)
  •     8′    Principal (Great)
  •     8′    Lieblichgedeckt
  •     4′    Choral Bass (Great)
  •     4′    Gemshorn (Great)
  •     16′    Contra Basoon
  •     16′    Double Trumpet (ext.)
  •     8′    Trompete (Great)
  • SWELL TO PEDAL
  • GREAT TO PEDAL
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