Maker: possibly Georg Voll (German, Nuremberg active ca. 1540–ca. 1575, Nuremberg)
Date: ca. 1575
Geography: Nürnberg, Germany
Medium: Wood, various materials
Dimensions: Overall: L. 68.6 cm (27 in.) x W. 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.) x D. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number: 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.