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I remember hearing an opinion somewhere that nusach Ashkenaz and nusach Sefard (but not real nusach Sfaradi/Edot Hamizrach!) are both basically the same nusach, since they are structurally very similar. I think this would mean that a chazan in an Ashkenazic kehillah could use either nusach without worrying about lo tisgodedu. Is this a real opinion, and if so, who brought it down?

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Look at shmoneh esri ,they are so different. –  sam Oct 16 '13 at 17:40
The point is that nusach Sefard is sort of just nusach Ashkenaz with Sefardisms thrown in, rather than being a davar bifnei atzmo. –  Malper Oct 16 '13 at 17:54
@sam not to mention p'suke d'zimra, especially on Shabas. –  msh210 Oct 16 '13 at 17:55
See Igros Moshe Ohr Hachaim 2:24 –  sam Oct 27 '13 at 0:15

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