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16', 8'

Reeds / Zungen

mellow, expressive, reedy



The Rankett stop in a pipe organ is a reed stop that imitates the sound of a medieval or Renaissance instrument called the "ranket" or "regal." It is characterized by its distinctive and rustic timbre, reminiscent of a buzzing double-reed instrument. The construction of a Rankett stop involves pipes made of metal with small resonators and double reeds. The reeds are typically enclosed in a resonator with a narrow flue, which contributes to the unique buzzing quality of the sound. The Rankett stop is often built with a capped resonator, which further enhances the reedy and nasal character. The Rankett stop is typically found in the manual divisions of the organ and is used to create a rustic and folk-like atmosphere in the music. It has a distinctive and colorful sound that is suitable for imitating the timbre of early wind instruments or evoking a historical or medieval aesthetic. The Rankett stop can be used to add character and uniqueness to organ compositions, particularly in repertoire from the Baroque and earlier periods. When played, the Rankett stop produces a buzzing and nasal tone with a rough and lively character. It has a reedy and assertive quality that can cut through the texture of the music. The sound of the Rankett stop can vary depending on the specific organ and the voicing techniques used, but it generally adds a vibrant and rustic element to the organ's tonal palette.

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