Bazuin Dutch
Posaune German
Trombone English, Italian, French
Basun Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Buzain corruption
Passunen German?
Pusaun German?

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A chorus reed of 32' or 16' pitch.

The Dutch word bazuin means “trumpet” or “trombone”; the name Buzain appears to be a misspelling originating with Wedgwood.

The illustration is Audsley's; click on it for a larger image.

The photographs below show three different views of the 16' Posaune, with wooden resonators and boots, from the Pedal of the organ in St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, by Goulding & Wood. Click on them for larger images.


Bass Trombone
Contra Trombone
Französische Posaune
Posaunenbass Chormass
Posaunenbass Unterchormass
Trombone Quint
Trombone Octave


Ths is one of the most common stops; nearly one third of the organs listed in Osiris contain a Posaune, and one in ten contains a Trombone. It contains three dozen example of Bazuin. We know of only two examples of Buzain. No examples are known of Passunen, mentioned only by Adlung.

Buzain 16', Hoofdwerk; Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California, USA; Ruffatti.

Buzain 8', Pedal; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mount Kisco, New York, USA; Aeolian-Skinner 1951.

Pusaun 8', Hauptwerk; Stiftbasilika Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria; Freundt 1642. This is the only known example of this name; the stop was added in 1990 by Kuhn.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Posaunen Baß 16', Pedal Reinhardtsgrimma, Sachsen, Germany Silbermann, 1731 arpeggio
Posaune 16', Swell Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Trombone 16', Pedal St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Nicholson, 1989 arpeggio


Adlung[1]: §174 Passunen, §176 Posaune, §202 Tromba. Audsley[1]: Buzain; Posaune; Trombone. Audsley[2]: I.III Bazuin; Posaune; Trombone; II.XXXVIII Trombone. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Posaune; Trombone. Grove[1]: Posaune. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 644. Irwin[1]: Buzain; Posaune; Trombone. Locher[1]: Trombone. Maclean[1]: Buzain; Posaune; Trombone. Skinner[1]: XII Posaune, Trombone. Sumner[1]: Bazuin; Posaune; Trombone. Wedgwood[1]: Bassoon; Buzain; Posaune; Trombone. Williams[1]: Glossary: Posaune.
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