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Blinder Zug German

Ductus inutilis Latin

Manum de tabula Unknown

Pro forma Latin

Summer Zug German

Vox Inaudita Latin (Primary)

Vox Ineffabilis Latin

Exaudire Unknown

Nihil Latin

Reliqua Unknown

Rest English?

Swyger Dutch?

Vacant Latin

Vacat Latin


These names have been used for �dummy� stop controls which do not operate any stop. While Wedgwood characterizes them as �A facetious pleasantry indulged in by some mediaeval organ builders�, Mahrenholz points out that they were often provided for future expansion or for physical symmetry. The names translate as follows: Blinder Zug �blind stop� Ductus inutilis�useless stop� Exaudire "to hear plainly" Manum de tabula"Enough!" Nihil �nothing� Pro forma �for appearance� Reliqua "leftover" Summer Zug �silent stop� Swyger �keep silent� Vacant �missing� Vacat �missing� Vox Inaudita �unheard voice� Vox Ineffabilis�unutterable voice�


No examples are known of any of these names being engraved on stop controls. Contributions welcome.

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