My recent post on 4' registration possibilities sparked a few valuable ideas from the readers (thanks to everyone who responded). So today I'd like to summarize the main points from the comments (plus a few of my own). All might be valuable when you lack certain stops on your organ:
1. If you need a 16' stop, use an 8' stop one octave lower.
2. If you need an 8' stop, use a 2' stop two octaves lower.
3. If you need an 8' stop, use a 16' stop one octave higher.
4. If you need a 4' stop, use a 16' stop two octaves higher.
5. If you need a 4' stop, use a 2 2/3' stop a perfect 5th lower.
6. If you need a 4' stop, use a 1 1/3' stop one octave and a perfect fifth lower.
7. If you need a 4' stop, play with the 2' stop one octave lower.
8. If you need a 2' stop, play the piece with a 1 1/3' stop a perfect 5th lower.
9. If you need a 1' stop, play the piece a perfect 4th higher with a 1 1/3' stop.
10. If you need a 1' stop, use a 1 3/5' stop a major 3rd higher.
If you want to exhaust all the possibilities, it's always possible to come up with many other tricks of this sort. Always check, if the range of your organ piece allows such tricks. Sometimes they can be used for certain episodes only. Usually these tricks can work in the pedals via manual to couplers.
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