Although I did a Bachelor of Music before studying electronics, my major instrument was trumpet, so I didn't know a whole lot about pipe organs when I first started working here. I'm finding I'm still learning a lot. The following list of previously unknown pipe stops was found on http://www.tadstone.com/unknown.htm. I hope you find it as educational as I did.

8' Dullciana 

Only played to put the audience to sleep. Often played with the 16' Boredom.

8' Stopped-up Flute

Keep the Roto-Rooter man on call if you have one of these in the organ.

8' Roarflute

The loudest flute stop in the organ.

4' Krummpet

Cross between a Krummhorn and a Trumpet. Mainly used to accompany Tea Dances.

16' Bombardment

Large caliber pedal stop. It is wise to buy only the smokeless powder version of this stop. Its biggest disadvantage is the necessity to reload in the middle of long bass passages. 

32' Counter Bombardment

A really macho complement to the 16' Bombardment. Place these two on opposite sides of the organ and watch the fireworks! Not recommended for buildings constructed of un-reinforced masonry. 

4' AcetylSalicet

Played to offset the headache generated by playing the 16' Bombardment and the 32' Counter Bombardment.

16' Proctophone

Extremely loud and rude pedal stop. Useful with the 4' Flatulence.

16' Baboon

Reed stop of African origin. Smells mildly of bananas.

8' Salacious

Belongs in the X-Rates division of the organ along with the Sexaphone, the HotBois, and the Gemshorny.

4' Gambino

A short Italian version of the Gamba. When this stop speaks, you listen - if you know what's good for you.

8' Violent Diapason 

Makes a good match with the 4' Gambino to accompany gangster films.

4' Spits Flute

A raincoat is recommended when playing this one. Isolate this stop to keep it from warping the wooden pipes.

8' ViDeO

One of the few really new organ stops. Requires cable or satellite connection.

8' Trumped up

Not a real organ stop at all. Invented by an unscrupulous organ salesman to make the stop tabs symmetrical

8' Hobo

Shabby and poorly made stop. Grateful for any spare change the turner might have

Zinfandel IV

Made from old wine bottles. More colorful than the Chardonnay IV

8' Geiger Diapason

Made of (almost) depleted Uranium. Easy to find because it glows in the dark. When tuning this stop, it is wise to don your lead-lined underwear. 

6 7/8' Genetic Mutation

A stop which spontaneously appeared nest to the 8' Geiger Diapason

2 2/3' Lizard

Keep this away from the 8' Geiger Diapason. Might mutate into a 10 2/3' Godzilla.

8' Vox Inhumana

A short stubby reed which is nearly impossible to keep in tune.

1 1/3' Lariat

Originally developed in Texas to accompany Western films.

5 1/3' Quint Eastwood

Another part of the Western division of the organ alongside the Lariat

 

 

 

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