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Limonaire 49 key Organ Details
By Jeremy Brice


As requested please find below details of the 49 key Limonaire I am
recutting the music for. I have copied this to Jody at MMD as it may be
of interest to other members.

The music is cut on 200mm wide card and actually uses 50 keys (although
this width card will accommodate up to 56 keys). The centre line of the
first slot is 11mm from the tracking edge, and all keys are on a
(standard) 3.5mm pitch. In common with most other original Limonaires,
the music tracks on the front edge of the keyframe rather than the back.

The scale consists of 4 bass notes, 9 accompaniment, 13 clarinets, 10
flageolets and 10 trumpets. Percussion is supplied by a bass drum and
cymbal and two snare drum sticks. An interesting feature is that the
snare drums are reiterating, so instead of having to cut a slot for each
beat, two long slots are cut for each stick and the mechanism does the
rest. The drawback to this is that with a long roll, the music can be

From the tracking edge, the keys are as follows:

Keyframe Mute, G,C,D,F (Basses), G-G' Accompaniment (all naturals plus
F#), G, A (Clarinets), Snare Drum, B-C' Clarinets (all naturals plus C#
and F#), Snare Drum, G-G' Flageolets (all naturals plus C# and F#), G-G'
Trumpets (all naturals plus C# and F#).

As you can see, this scale allows for more variation than the Gavioli 48
key scale, but at the expense of four bass notes and a virtually
chromatic accompaniment and melody section. It is an interesting scale -
I will not say any more for fear of incriminating myself!

I am aware of three other organs of this scale. One is at the Musical
Museum, Cotton, near Stowmarket, Suffolk, U.K. Another accompanies the
'Carousel de la Tour Eiffel' in Paris (but don't expect to find it in
use - they normally play tapes of it) and apparently a Dutch showman
based near Tilburg has one.

I hope this is of interest to you.

Jeremy Brice.
Watford, Hertfordshire, U.K.

(Message sent Sun 11 Oct 1998, 23:30:59 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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