Bombarde (organ stop)

For the woodwind instrument, see Bombard (music).

The modern Bombarde is a powerful chorus reed, most often found in the pedals at 16' and 32' pitch (where it may be called Contra Bombarde or Contrebombarde), or on the manuals at 16'. It is found most often in French organs, along with the French Trompette. It is named after a medieval/renaissance instrument known as the Bombard, which was a term sometimes applied to the larger members of the shawm family.

The Bombarde can be described as the basic 16' reed in France, and has a low fundamental tone with a high amount of upper harmonics in contrast with the Posaune, which has a strong fundamental and lesser partials.

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