Commonly Used Pump Organ Stop Face Names
From about 1840 to the early 1920s, American pump organ manufacturers (which would eventually be numbered in the
hundreds) used approximately 90 different names to identify a wide variety of different musical tones and
These names would then be placed on the front of an organs draw knobs, or stops, indicating the sound that would
be created if that stop was activated. These name labels (usually printed in Old English) were known as “stop
Below are approximately 40 different stop face names that were commonly used by American pump organ makers. It’s
important to point out that not all single rank pump organs (those having only one row of keys) had the same number
of stops. Some might have just a few, while others might have as many as 19. The more stops an organ had, the wider
variety of sounds it was capable to making.
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