Yes: This is done for decorative purposes.
Ok, now its time for me to learn something from organ forum members. Did anyone ever see some smaller ranks of pipes placed upside down! Yes? No? Maybe?. Why i'am asking is this? I have a wallpaper on my computer which by the way has a large screen, and i placed a picture of a somewhat large organ facade on the computer, which is very graphic. It is probibly in a cathedral or a very large church, and there are are some smaller pipe ranks that show the
smaller pipes to be placed upside down. In other words, the "toe" of the pipe is facing upward into the chest and not downward like most pipes do. The mouths seem probibly ok but the pipes themselves are as i said, upside down. I was just wondering about the reasoning of such placement, as i have never seen this done before. Like i have said before, i learn things on the organ forum, just maybe i am about to learn something else.
Yes, I have seen this on a photo of an organ somewhere on the web. Not common. Here they have them even put diagonal: http://www.orgelbau.ch/site/index.cf...fnummer=800970
You can have other forms of pipes to: http://physics.kenyon.edu/EarlyAppar...on-Linear.html
Would you be referring to something like this: http://www.organforum.com/gallery/di...um=36&pid=1221?
If you do a search on the Forum, you might find the previous thread that dealt with this topic. From that conversation, I learned that Klais organs often employed this technique. Odd, isn't it? However, it evidently doesn't affect the speech or playability of the stop--just the look.
Way too many organs to list, but I do have 3 Allens:
- MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DKC / ADC-6000 (Symphony)
- 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 4 Pianos
I think the only major consideration would be that in the normal attitude, the weight of the pipes holds the pipe toes in contact with the toeboard, and when inverted there has to be some other method of providing this contact.
My church's Klais organ does not have any inverted pipes, by the way, although it is certainly something that they do.
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I knew that i was about to learn something! See, when you do not know everything about organs that is when you find out on the Organ Forum.
And yes David, my apoligies, i said, the pipes were placed with the toe facing up into the "chest" and you stated it correctly, "toeboard'', and not the
"chest". Well anyway now i learned something new again. Oh, and yes, i did view those other "odd" pipes, and the "vertical" pipes. Humm! it is something
alright, and it dos'nt even alter the sound of the pipe!