Contra Bombarde English
Contre Bombarde French

A Bombarde stop pitched an octave lower, at 16' or 32'. It is common in large French organs. Audsley describes its tone as “dry and hard”. Starter pneumatics are sometimes used to obtain prompter speech. Both wood and metal resonators have been used. Bonavia-Hunt considers it synonymous with Contra Bombardon.


Osiris contains about a hundred examples, three at 16', the rest at 32'.


Audsley[1]: Contre-Bombarde; Audsley[2]: I.XIII Bombarde; Contre-Bombarde. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Bombarde, Trombone; Irwin[1]: Contra Bombarde
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