The iPod’s 4,000-Pound Grandfather

What's the gadget that automatically plays all kinds of music from different instruments in one package? Today that would be an iPod, or 50 years ago, it would be a jukebox. But before electronics, you'd be talking about an orchestrion, which could be up to twelve feet tall -or wide- and weigh up to two tons! Orchestrions were player pianos with other instruments added on, like bells, drums, pipes, and horns. They were fairly common a hundred years ago, but relatively few survive today. At Collectors Weekly, you can read about the heyday of orchestrions and see quite a few different models -and also hear them play in a few videos. Link


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