The words 'Barrel Organ' or 'Organ Grinder' probably conjure an array
of images in your mind. The magical sound from the Victorian era of
the man turning the handle of his barrel organ playing melodies of
the time for passers by to enjoy.
The mechanical barrel organ is known to have existed from as early as
the 1100's and probably earlier. However it is much later that the
portable barrel organ started to become apparent around the 1700's.
With another 100 years of development the general appearance &
construction of the 1800's barrel organ remained almost the same from
then on. Having a pinned wooden barrel programmed with the music,
these barrel organs generally only played between 8 & 10 tunes
with a short melody length of between 1 to 3 minutes.
The barrels could be changed, but were a large component to carry.
With this problem in mind early manufacturers developed a new system
'Cartons Perforés'. This was patented by Gavioli & Cie,
Paris in 1882 & used folded cardboard books perforated with holes
to store the music. Instead of marking the musical arrangement onto a
limited size wooden barrel, the folding card book enabled much longer
melodies and greater choice.
The Teánola Mechanical
Organ has been developed using the traditional
techniques of the old masters from around 1885 playing by 'Cartons
Perforés' Perforated Book Music. The folding card music is
placed between the rollers & by cranking the handle the
mechanical action creates a melodious rich tone from the brass reeds.
A beautiful mechanical organ perfect for home use and easily
transported for outside entertainment.
< Teánola with oak veneered case
14 Key (Touches) Mechanical Action
14 Brass Reeds
Oak Veneered Case
Plays many styles of music - Classical, Waltzes, Mazurka's, Dances,
Polka's, Songs & Marches.
< Carved Wooden Façade available as an add on extra.
Dimensions : 40 x 30 x 31.5cm (Inches : 15 3/4" x 12" x 12
Weight : 8.5kg's (18.7 lbs) approximately
Price around £2,295.00 GBP
To purchase, please
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