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The Organetto

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The Organetto is a personal organ that puts out full range sound. Yes this is a real world musical item, but it is so “out of most people’s experience” that nobody realizes it exists.

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There are easily manageable organs which are portable and are pumped and played by the same person, who also sings either the soprano or tenor part.

The organetto was one of the most popular instruments of the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries. Relatively light in weight, the instrument, when equipped with a sling, could be carried about and played in religious processions. The player provides his own wind supply by pumping a bellows made of sheepskin and wood with his left hand while playing a button type keyboard of approximately two octaves with his right hand. Because of its limited air supply, the organetto could only play one note at a time. Thus it was used for monophonic dance music, or a single part in a motet, chanson, or other polyphonic work. 

Pipes are arranged in two rows and have a high lead content. The key action is mechanical: depressing a key allows air from the bellows to enter the appropriate pipe. Although the organetto is tuned in Pythagorean temperament, other temperaments are possible by pushing harder or more lightly on the bellows.

http://www.music.iastate.edu/antiqua/organeto.htm



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KendraHeart
December 5, 2005, 0:53
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I would not of believed this one if I had not seen the picture. You really need to see the picture.
Voted Murometz
April 12, 2007, 20:20
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interesting...I would have crafted a wicked tale around it, but thats just me :)
Murometz
April 12, 2007, 20:21
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oh and...where the heck has KendraHeart gone? I assume she is one of your PCs?
MoonHunter
April 13, 2007, 19:16
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She was a PC on my only BtVs game on RPOL and fantasy game I ran there. We tangentially know each other in the RL as the Van Graff circles that are our gaming groups overlap.

She became a manager at her hospital. I have not seen her much on the gaming part of the net since then.
Voted Cheka Man
April 12, 2007, 20:37
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A short but good post.
MoonHunter
April 23, 2008, 12:54
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Repeat after me: Short is not bad. Things should be as long or as short as they need to be to explain the subject clearly.

I could of added four paragraphs of story padding that had nothing to do with the submission. I could of added some psuedo historical element about who created it (but nobody really knows who created it or a guitar or the drums... soooo that is not helpful). I could of padded it by adding something about the local king loving music from it.

Would any of that really of improved this submission? Nah, it just would of made it longer, added more stuff you would have to edit or mess with before simply inserting thie Organetto into you game.

Simple, as long as it answers all the questions people would have about the subject, is best.
Voted valadaar
May 14, 2012, 9:36
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I like that it brought this item to the collective that is Strolen's.

I don't like that it used the scholarly terminology verbatim from the source site. Apart from music scholars who uses temperament for scale?

I'd think a better fit for this would have either been a forum post for external links, or used as inspiration for a submission with this link added as a footnote.

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