1. wow! this is very interesting!

  2. I too, as an Organist /tourist spotted this pipe, and looking round this incredible painted space could find no trace of any organ to which it could have been attached. Most Iberian organs of the 15th/16th cent have only vestigial pedal divisions, or none at all, so this pipe presented a real conundrum!
    Arter reading Peter william’s “European organs” where he touches on early 16th cent use in alternatum he mentions the use of “Drones” sort of bagpipe effect for special occasions. I am fairly confident that this pipe is a survivor from an early organ, subsequently being considered too large to remove.

    1. Could this pipe have been used in crusade battles by the Knights Templar?

  3. I saw this pipe on 2/25/18. I was told it was used by the Knights Templar for crusade battles. Could this be true?
    I am commissioning an organ piece for St. Elizabeth Church in Marburg Germany. Can someone calculate the frequency for me. I want to duplicate the sound.

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      Dear Don, the pipe begins to appear in sixteenth-century documentation of the monastery and it is believed by researchers that it must date from around 1530-50, so it’s higly improbable that it would have been used as a crusade instrument. Some researchers argue that it could have been used for a specific repertoire practice at the chapel, although no music has survived that could comprove this hypotesis. The acoustic characteristics of the pipe have been given in an article (in Portuguese) that I hope it would help.

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