Thursday, April 27, 2006

Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett

Today I take you inside the Museum for Mechanical Music Instruments. Since it would take too long to display one by one, I've combined some of the highlights in this collage.

Here's what you see (from top left to lower right)
1. Banjo Orchestra by D.C. Ramey Piano Co. in Chicago (here you see a similar "brain" used as in yesterdays photo quiz)
2. Organ for a funfair in Budapest made by the brothers Bruder from Waldkirch, Germany. Rare oriental style for an organ like this. From around 1900.
3. Oldest funfair organ the museum holds in its collection. Kids were treated with a free ride on the carousel for keeping it playing.
4. New music boxes crafted by one of the museum owner's sons. Can be purchased in the museum shop.
5. Probably the largest ever built automatic puppet orchestrion by Bernhard Dufner (Buffalo, USA) from around 1888/1895.
6. Fun for the museum's visitors - you can play a mechanical street organ.

Related links: (in German only)


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Kris said...

Fascinating!my fave . being the tiny carousel :)

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Wow! Those are fascinating music instruments!

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

Great set of pictures - very post card like - I would have said the picture below was of a brail machine - but i guess i was wrong - I;ll look out for the next quiz -

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

really neat detail....i love to see in person some day...beautiful capture:-)

At 5:14 AM, Blogger micki said...

What a wonderful collection of photos in this collage! Must have been a fabulous museum to tour.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all for your comments! Unfortunately, I cannot provide a sound file here with the different instruments playing. They don't just look great, it's also fun listening to them!

At 3:09 AM, Blogger Ggraph said...

GREAT TOUR! I really liked how you put this together. Well done. Sorry I missed your quizes but, haven't been able to get at the computer for a while.

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A magical experience. The Museum was wonderful and I bought a CD of Weber's Maesto. Now I can relive a unique time.

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful.I visited amazing museum..
tyu for thecollage


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