Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How should an organ's (61-key) manuals align with its pedalboard, left to right?

  • Symmetrically?

  • By centering a D from the manual on the middle D pedal?

Neither the AGO nor the British online specifications say explicitly. The British diagram seems to self-contradictorily suggest both of these options. (I'm in the New World, so I'd prefer a north american standard.)

Related: Linking organ pedals to a keyboard

share|improve this question
Of course, not all pedalboards have the same number of pedals; they cover different note ranges. They also have different physical layouts (radial curved, radial flat, straight). I imagine that these factors have to be taken into account. – user1044 Mar 4 '14 at 18:04
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Both of the above. If the keys and manuals are close to spec in width, then symmetry and D-D alignment can be true at the same time. AGO spec does say, "Left to right location: Centered under the manuals."

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.