Organ - Instruments in This Family

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Organ: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Organ instruments family is included along with photos when available. The list you're viewing has a variety of items in it, like Reed organ and Wanamaker Organ. (8 items)
Chord organ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Organ - Instruments in This Family
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The chord organ is a kind of home organ with a keyboard and a set of chord buttons, enabling the musician to play a melody or lead with one hand and accompanying chords with the other, like the accordion. It was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1950 as an electronic home organ based on vacuum-tube circuits similar to the Novachord and Solovox. In addition to Hammond, Wurlitzer, Farfisa and Estey Organ also made chord organs. In the 1960s, Magnus Harmonica Corporation introduced their electric chord organs similar to electrically blown small home reed organs. Since then, chord organs were generally designed as toy instruments, and separated from the mainstream of home electronic organs. In ...more on Wikipedia

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Pipe organ is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Organ - Instruments in This Family
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The pipe organ is a musical instrument commonly used in churches or cathedrals that produces sound by driving pressurized air through pipes selected via a keyboard. Because each organ pipe produces a single pitch, the pipes are provided in sets called ranks, each of which has a common timbre and volume throughout the keyboard compass. Most organs have multiple ranks of pipes of differing timbre, pitch and loudness that the player can employ singly or in combination through the use of controls called stops. A pipe organ has one or more keyboards played by the hands, and a pedalboard played by the feet, each of which has its own group of stops. The keyboard, pedalboard, and stops are housed in ...more on Wikipedia

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Positive organ is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Organ - Instruments in This Family
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A positive organ is a small, usually one-manual, pipe organ that is built to be more or less mobile. It was common in sacred and secular music between the 10th and the 18th centuries, in chapels and small churches, as a chamber organ and for the basso continuo in ensemble works. The smallest common kind of positive, hardly higher than the keyboard, is called chest or box organ and is especially popular nowadays for basso continuo work; positives for more independent use tend to be higher. From the Middle Ages through Renaissance and Baroque the instrument came in many different forms, including processional and tabletop organs that have profited relatively less from the renewed popularity ...more on Wikipedia

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Reed organ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Organ - Instruments in This Family
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The pump organ or harmonium is a type of reed organ that generates sound with bellows. More portable than pipe organs, reed organs were widely used in smaller churches and in private homes in the 19th century, but their volume and tonal range are limited, and they generally had one or sometimes two manuals, with pedal-boards being rare. The finer instruments have a unique tone, and the cabinets of those intended for churches and affluent homes were often excellent pieces of furniture. Several million reed organs and melodeons were made in the U.S. between the 1850s and the 1920s. During this time Estey Organ and Mason & Hamlin were popular manufacturers. The melodeon is another reed keyboard ...more on Wikipedia

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