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Geigen Regal German

Geigendregal German

Geigenregal German (Primary)

Geigendregälchen German


An 8' or 4' reed stop of the Regal class. According to Praetorius it was a delicate 4' stop which sounded like a violin (geige) in the treble range when drawn with a Quintaton. Wedgwood reports that it was used as early as 1585 by Julius Antonius at St. Mary, Danzic (Gdansk), Poland. Irwin describes its tone as brilliant, light-toned, reedy, and very thin, and its resonators as short and of small diameter. Adlung considers Jungfernregal to be a synonym.


Osiris contains six examples of Geigenregal and five of Geigendregal, one at 16' pitch, two at 8', and the rest at 4'. No examples are known of Geigendregälchen (mentioned only by Praetorius). Contributions welcome.

Geigen Regal 4', Brystpositiv; Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark; Rottstein-Pock 1555, Maas 1611, Lorentz 1654-55. (Restored in 1991 to its 1655 state; it is not known when the Geigen Regal was added.)
Geigenregal 4', Brustwerk; Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany; Lehmann 1489, Lange 1590, Scheibe 1721/22. (It is not known which of those builders installed the Geigenregal.)
Geigenregal 8', Schwellwerk; St. Stephen's, Vienna, Austria; Kauffmann 1960. (Duplexed to 4' in the pedal.)
Geigendregal 16', Brustwerk; Marienorgel, Abbey, Ottobeuren, Germany; Steinmeyer 1957.
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