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Unique Catalogue reference number

Accession list letter and number

Status of this record and
date of last change of status

Instrument name

Manufacturer

Model

Date and 
place of manufacture

Intended for use in

Original Power source

Power source now

Instrument status

Short description

Technology used

Media played

Owner

Rarity (guess at working examples worldwide)

Date acquired

How acquired

Current location in Museum

Piano & two Violins, Self-playing

10

M

50

Draft

2024-04-21

Piano & two Violins, Self-playing

Mills Novelty Company

Violano Virtuoso Deluxe

1911?

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Café or bar

110v DC

240v AC 50 cps

Playable and frequently demonstrated on tours

Coin-operated self-playing piano and two violins; paper roll electrically read.

Electrically-read paper roll controlling motors and solenoids.

Proprietory paper rolls, typically with five tunes.

Musical Museum

10

?

?

Gallery 2

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