Octavbass German
Hornbässlein German

Described only by Audsley, who says:

The name given, according to Schlimbach (1843), to a Pedal Organ stop, of 2 ft. pitch, formed of open metal pipes of medium scale. The stop is represented in the Pedal Organ of Walcker's instrument in the Cathedral of St. Stephen, Vienna, under the name Octavbass, 2 ft. While stops of this high pitch are common in German Pedal Organs, they are practically unknown as independent stops in French, English, and American Pedal Organs. They should, however, appear in both the full Compensating Mixture, and the Pedal Grand Cornet.

Hornbässlein was also known to Praetorius.

See also Hörnlein, Oktavenbass, and Grossoctavbass.


Osiris contains dozens of examples of Octavbass, nearly all at 8' and 4' pitch, implying that a more common use of the name may be for an Octav appearing in the pedal division. No examples of Hornbässlein are known. Contributions welcome.


Adlung[1]: §160 Hornbässlein, §168 Nachthorn. Audsley[1]: Hornbässlein.
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