I recently played a small 10 stop studio organ in one school where the local organist has put orange-color stickers with numbers on the stops. Presumably because the names of the stops seemed confusing and he thought that dealing with numbers only would be easier.
He couldn't remember the names of 10 stops.
10 stops? Does that seem right?
10 stops is not the limit, though. In western part of Lithuania we have a chapel of the Franciscan church in Kretinga, where stands an organ from ca. 1680 with 8 stops and yes, the organist there applied stickers with the numbers. If I remember correctly, this time they are bright green. You saw the date right - this is a state-protected historical organ...
What's the smallest organ on which stops you think writing numbers would be helpful but not debilitating?
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