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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