DIYAPASON-L Digest #46 - Sunday, February 27, 2000
 
Re: [Residence Organs]  Sesqui-Altera
  by "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Sesqui-Altera From: "Larry Chace" <RLC1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 22:43:54 -0500   Jim Turner <JTTUNER@webtv.net> asked about the Sesquialtera and wondered = if it might be suitable for a home pipe organ.   The Sesquialtera is typically a 2-rank stop consisting of a 2-2/3' (quint) and 1-3/5' (tierce). Some Olde English organs had 3-rank Sesquialtera stops that were 17-19-22 in the bass and 12-15-17 in the treble, but that is a less common configuration.   The pipes may be flutes or principals, but flute are probably more common. Together with flutes at 8', 4', and 2', it forms a classical Cornet stop.   Whether or not it is "suitable" all depends... It might be a good idea to provide two stop controls, if there is space, funding, and so on, so that the quint could be used without the tierce when a less piquant flavor is preferred. Some tracker builders provide this flexibility by means of a double-draw slider, the first (partial) draw opening the holes for the quint and the full draw adding the tierce.   Larry Chace