Regals

   Table-top organ that produces tones by forcing air from attached bellows over one or more sets of beating metal tongues (reeds). Documentary evidence for regals dates from 1511. Used mostly for secular music, it was occasionally heard in north German churches in the 17th and 18th centuries.
   See also Harmonium; Pipe Organ.

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