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Mailbag: “Letting it Rip

May 30, 2007

Dear Michael,

I visited an Italian built pipe organ in the city of Bangalore in India. It had a stop named Ripieno. What does it mean? what kind of stop/rank are these pipes

Warm regards,

Commodore Champion


The “Ripieno” stop simply pulls on all of the registers in the ‘principal chorus’ to create a quick ‘tutti’…a mechanical version of the electric ‘sforzando’ button, perhaps.


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