Cymbelregal German

Adlung lists this stop with the following description:

In the Gröningen organ (whose description Werkmeister has published [under the title Organum gruningense redivivum]) there is a repeating Cymbelregal. What it is seems rather obscure. I believe that it is an ordinary Regal which, when it is drawn, causes a repeating Cymbel, which stands on the same toeboard as the Regal, to be heard at the same time.

Audsley calls it “an obsolete lingual stop, of either 4 ft. or 2 ft. pitch; the tone of which was of a metallic and ringing character.”

Mahrenholz provides the most complete description:

This stop was completely forgotten for a long time. It is a very appealing stop and the only known mixture made of lingual pipes. On my suggestion, this stop was recently built again by the organ-builder J. Klais, Bonn (Germany), in the organ of the Blinds’ sanatorium at Düren (Germany). It can have one or two ranks. This is the suggested repetition scheme, C 1/2' + 1', c° 1' + 2', c1 2' + 4', c2 4' + 8', c3 8' + 8'. The only old example of this stop known to me is in the Grüningen castle organ. It was a regal with one rank, at C with the 2' pitch, and it repeated into 4' probably at c'' and into 8' probably at c1.

See Regal.


The only known examples are those mentioned above. Contributions welcome.


Adlung[1]: §134 Cymbelregal. Audsley[1]: Cymbelregal. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Cymbelregal. Mahrenholz[1]: p. 253-254.
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