- a chamber containing a set of pipes in a pipe organ or of reeds in a reed organ, and having movable slats or shutters that can be opened or closed to increase or diminish tonal volume.
Origin of swell box
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for swell box
The swell-box is made in three thicknesses, each of one inch.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
Choir organ, of soft, mellow stops, often enclosed in a swell-box.
Echo organ, of stops of small scale and very soft tone, enclosed in a "swell-box."
The organist might leave his Swell-box shut or, by means of a catch on the pedal, hitch it full open.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building
George Laing Miller