Regal after "Michel Klotz" in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum
The instrument has been made at the end of the 16th century.
It is described in the book "Das Regal" of Reinhardt Menger 1973.
Information can be found on pages 35, 36 and 37. This book also
shows pictures of the instrument. On picture no. 4 the whole
instrument is seen and on no. 12 the pipes.
The compass is C/E to a², with short octave, without gis²; 41 notes.
The natural keys are covered with letter wood, also known as snake
wood. This wood has an extraordinary beautiful look. The sharps are
made of palissander with ivory plating.
We got a drawing from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in
Neurenberg. However, the instrument is constructed with a lot of own
interpretation. This mainly concerns the wind chest, and decorations,
The pipes are inspired on the Klotz regal, but made with our own
interpretation. The resonators and blocks are casted in one piece.
Afterwards holes are drilled for shallot and resonator. The shallots are
constructed as duckbill shallots, beaten from one piece of brass. The
wind pressure is 35 mm. The bellows are lifted by hand and can be
disconnected from the organ. The wind support with seven folded
bellows gives a fine, breathing sound. The bottom parts of the bellows
have both a small storage place in which the instrument can be placed
for transport; therefore you can fold the set of bellows together.
During the presentation concert of the mediaeval organ at the church
of Beerta on March 31st 2010, the regal was presented for the first
time. It was built by Willem Jan Hoevers, Zuidbroek, who works with
Orgelmakerij van der Putten. Hoevers built the instrument in his free time.
Bell caster Simon Laudy casted the blocks with Winold van der Putten.
Winold made the shallots and tongues and carried out the final voicing.
Like most regals there are no resonators, which give the sound a very
direct and a rather unpolished character. The church of Beerta could be
filled with sound easily.