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  • Regal, 1575
    Labeled: "Georg Vell" (Voll)
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Wood, metal; Closed case: L. 27 in. (68.6 cm), W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm), D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.2883)

    This reed organ would have required two people to play it. One person would operate the keys, and the second person would pump the two bellows on the back of the regal to supply air. The pipes of a regal are fitted with brass reeds that vibrate when air rushes past them, producing a somewhat nasal sound.

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  • Regal, 1575
    Labeled: "Georg Vell" (Voll)
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Wood, metal; Closed case: L. 27 in. (68.6 cm), W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm), D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.2883)

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