Purists maintain that these mean exactly the same thing. If it ain't got pipes, it ain't an organ.

Practically, we already have a few dozen questions about the Hammond B3, properly and usefully tagged "organ."

Can the explanations for these tags clarify that somehow? Tag pipe-organ excludes Hammonds; organ includes; prefer the more precise pipe-organ for instruments found in cathedrals and vintage theatres?

  • Currently, organ seems to exclude Hammonds: "A large musical instrument having ranks of tuned pipes sounded by air from a windchest..." – topo Reinstate Monica Oct 1 '19 at 0:26

I'm not an expert on organs, but I feel the simplest path is to only have one tag. Until we really need both, I suggest we just have the tag and clean up the tag wiki except. A number of pipe organ question seem to also have the organ tag anyway.

We don't tend to have tags for each variant of an instrument for example we don't have an upright piano tag vs a grand piano tag. The difference in a hammond organ vs a theater organ is bigger than those I understand, but if we don't need to distinguish then we shouldn't need it.

If there are any specific question or questions that need this distinction we should go over those in more depth.

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    Yes, let's make it a single organ tag. Any objections? – Camille Goudeseune Oct 4 '19 at 3:08
  • I'll start to remove the pipe organ tag from straggling questions. – Dom Oct 4 '19 at 22:20

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