Faberton German?
Fabertone (unknown)

Tbe most complete information we have about this stop comes from Williams, who writes:

Probably a corruption of faburden; an antique stop imitating bell-tone and producing a high, tinkling or shrill effect.
I   Late 15th-cent. south German stop presumed to have been a Mixture of two ranks, similar to the Hörnli.
II   Glöckleinton, tonus faber (bell-tone) for E. Casparini (Görlitz, 1695 scheme), Adlung (Anleitung) and Zang (1829) = a high flute or open stop. Einsiedeln Stiftskirche (1558m B. Mygel) had a manual ... in which the Faberton was probably Oktave 2' or 1'.
Sumner lists Fabertone with the following description:

Usually a small mixture. The origin of the word is uncertain. It may be a corruption of Faux Bordon, or it may mean the sound of a smith striking an anvil, etc.

One obvious derivation of these names which was overlooked by both sources is from the Latin tonus fabri, meaning �sound of the blacksmith�. It also has been suggested that the name might derive from the German word farbe, meaning �color�.

See also Tonus Fabri.


None known. Contributions welcome.


Grove[1]: Fabertone. Sumner[1]: Fabertone. Williams[1]: Glossary: Faberton.
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