Trumpet Orchestrion by Imhof & Muckle
Trumpet orchestrion by Imhof & Muckle made in london about 1870 for the Maharaja of Ambala in northern India. Playing six spirally pinned barrels of European and American classical tunes and popular songs.This is a fifty-eight key orchestrion, with a total of 152 pipes, consisting of 48 wood, 86 tin and 18 brass pipes arranged in six rows, together with 12 graduated tuned bells, 1 triangle and a snare drum with four drum sticks. The orchestrion is powered by a weight which falls down a channel at the back of the instrument, connected over pulleys by a wire rope with a massive, hand cranked clockwork motor which drives a bellows consisting of four feeders plus a reservoir.
There is storage through a side door for the six original barrels each 7.25" in diameter and 32.5" in length. These are spirally-pinned wooden barrels with brass end indexing plates and zinc tune sheets on the other.These barrels produce more than 25 minutes of music.
The whole is contained in a magnificent mahogany case, which is almost certainly unique, with carved wood gilded embellishments and four gilded and engraved glass doors on the upper portion. On the lower portion all four doors are mirrored. In the middle of the base are the initials of the Maharaja. The inscription on the tracker bar reads on one side: "Imhof & Muckle, International Exhibition 1862 and 1865" and on the other side; "547 Oxford St. London Prize Medal" and the number: No.1927
This instrument plays beautifully and is unquestionably one of the most important pieces of nineteenth century mechanical music still in existance in the world today. It can be quite easily transported and re-assembled to anywhere in the world.
Size Height 9' 0" width 5' 0" Depth (including cornice) 2' 10"
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