Binks Gallery Tour – Organs

The organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions or other means for producing tones, each played with its own keyboard using hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals.

Enharmonic Organ
Bible Regal Organ



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Enharmonic Chamber Organ
Makers Name: Thomas Parker Date Made: Circa 1765 Made In: London Accession No: 4343
This is a large chamber organ which has a series of extra notes in each octave. These allow the player to choose notes that were not normally available on the keyboard. The levers can be seen on either side of the keyboard. Although the extra pipes allowed the musician to play in a wider range of keys they are difficult to use in practice without the help of an assistant.
Bible Regal Organ
Makers Name: Unknown Date Made: Early 18th Century Made In: Unknown Accession No: 4331
The bellows behind the keyboard show that this is a type of organ, yet it has no pipes. Instead, this instrumen produces sound using small metal reeds which are inside the keyboard. When the bellows are pumped, air flows across the reeds causing them to vibrate. The sound is distinctive, almost brash.This instrument is a type of portable organ known as a regal, and specifically a “bible regal”.
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