possibly Georg Voll (German, Nuremberg active ca. 1540–ca. 1575, Nuremberg)
Wood, various materials
24 × 34 1/4 in. (61 × 87 cm)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
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.
Marking: Label reads: Ao 1575 ververdigte Georg Vell [not Voll, possible Well] / Orglmager zu Nuremberg [h] / Dies [Diss] / Orgelwergk wie man zuzam / men [legt ] und in die Balge legt
Inked inscription on bellows rim below mabels means: "The keyboard belongs here." (J. H. vna der Meer, October 1976)
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 54, ill.
"Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 50, ill.
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 41, ill.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 286.
Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 0, pg. 213,215,217, ill.