Doof Dutch
Doef Dutch
Döeff German?
Doif Dutch
Doff Dutch
Döff German

Grove describes these names as �denoting the Principal stop in those early sources that used the word �Prinzipal� to mean �plenum� or main chorus from c1450, e.g. �le prestant ou doeuf� at Namur, 1598.� Grove does not make it clear whether these terms referred to a unison or octave rank. Adlung lists it as a synonym for Principal.

The etymologies of these names are not known with any certainty. The Dutch word �doef� can be translated "muffled", which may refer to the relatively soft sound of the single stop, as compared with the �blockwerk� of early organs.

See also Coppendoff.


No examples of Doff, Doif or Doef are known. Contributions welcome. All known examples of Doof are given below.

Doof 4'; St-Denijs, Veurne, Belgium; De Buus 1521.

Doof 8', Werk; Doof 4', Rugpositief; O.L. Vrouwkerk, Kortrijk, Belgium; Van Den Eekhoute 1529.

Doof 8', manual; St. Quintens, Leuven, Belgium; Verrijt 1522.

Doof 8', Werk; Doof 4', Rugpositief; Abbey, Averbode, Belgium; Boets Van Heyst 1517.


Adlung[1]: §137 Döeff, §177 Prästant. Grove[1]: Diapason; Doef; Principal. Wedgwood[1]: Döff. Williams[1]: Glossary: Regal.
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