De Waag

the ‘Rider-organ’ at the ‘Waagtoren’ (end 16th century)
Description of the ‘Rider-organ’ at the ‘Waagtoren’

 On the 6th of April 1998 Flentrop Orgelbouw dismantled a small organ in the Waagtoren (the Weigh-house tower) which was connected to the timepiece of the tower. The old wind-chest, which has room for 2 sets of 9 pipes, dates from the end of the 16th century. The organ could be heard in connection with the mechanical ‘Ruiterspel’ (‘cavalcade-display’). The 10 extant pipes from the instrument (2 sets of 5 pipes: 5 flue pipes and 5 reed pipes) were placed at the beginning of the 20th century by the organ-builder Vermeulen from Alkmaar. Inscriptions on the old 16th century pallets (probably dating from the 18th century, according to the handwriting) indicate the notes:



G         A          B          H          c          d          f           g?        e



(probably the pallets e, f and g changed places during a later repair)



The 2 sets of 5 extant pipes functioned as:



d#        -           g          -           a#        -           d#        -           f



With the restoration by Flentrop Orgelbouw (2000) two sets of nine pipes (a Trompet 8’, with brass resonators, and a Gedekt 8’) were placed on the wind-chest, sounding at the following pitches:



e’-flat      f’      g’      a’-flat      b’-flat      c’’      d’’-flat      e’’-flat      f’’



The chosen pitch corresponds with the lowest note of the carillon.


Furthermore measures were taken to protect the organ against the permanent occupants of the tower; the instrument was delivered ‘duifdicht’ (pigeon-proof)…







©Frank van Wijk, Bergen NH, April/Mei 2000




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