Partial bass range
In churches the scales played were limited. So that the most frequently used range could be played half-tone by half-tone, unnecessary notes from the lower range were omitted on old pipe organs. There was also a period when the lowest octave was arranged in a way that could be described as incomplete, with only one black key (C, D, E, F, G, A, B♭, B, and C). Because pipes become thicker and longer as their pitch gets lower, those of the bass range cost more to produce, so this was a pragmatic approach.
Musical Instrument Guide : Pipe Organ Contents
How to Play
How the Instrument is Made
Care and Maintenance
- Various sizes, from large-scale to pocket-sized
- Can you tell an expensive instrument from its sound?
- Changing fashions in the number of manuals
- Partial bass range
- Delay between play and sound
- Appreciating the aesthetics of churches
- Pipe organ treasures in Tokyo
- Sound that varies according to where it is heard