Historical & Technical aspects
The 45 key Verbeeck draaiorgel (street organ), "De Waterjuffer" - Flemish/Dutch for 'the dragonfly' - was built in 2009 by the firm of Johnny Verbeeck in St. Job in't Goor, Belgium. The organ was built for Ron & Mary Jo Bopp in Florida. In August of the year 2017, the organ came into the ownership of its current owner. Up until August of 2017, the organ resided in Florida. "De Waterjuffer" made its debut at the annual COAA Band Organ Rally at Lake Winnepesaukah in 2009, located in Rossville (GA).
De Waterjuffer is a typical example of a dutch street organ. This mechanical musical instrument must be hand-cranked in order for it to play. Due to the smaller size of the instrument, it can be played indoors or outdoors.
The organ has three automatic registers available. The three registers on the organ are called bourdon celeste, violin, and flute 4. Each of these registers contain two ranks of 19 pipes, except for the flute 4 register which only has one rank of 19 pipes. These three registers all play the melody, but there are separate notes that play the accompaniment and bass notes. The accompaniment contains 10 stopped pipes and the bass contains 12 stopped pipes (6 musical notes). The bass notes give more "body" to the sound of the organ and are found underneath the case of the organ.
Keyframe 45 keys - 35 notes / total of 117 (wooden) organ pipes & percussion
1 bass drum
1 cancel (registers)
Melody Section: 19 notes (95 pipes)
- Bourdon celeste: 2 ranks, 38 stopped pipes
- Violin: 2 ranks, 38 open pipes
- Flute 4': 1 rank, 19 open pipes
Accompaniment Section:10 notes (10 pipes)
- Stopped pipes: 1 rank
Bass Section: 6 notes (12 pipes)
- Groundbasses: 2 ranks stopped pipes
Percussion: (6 keys)
- Bass drum
- Snare drum