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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

Orchestrion

11

M

53

Draft

2024-04-21

Orchestrion

Popper

Clarabella

c1910

Leipzig, Germany

Café, bar or dance hall

Electricity

Electricity

Playable and frequently demonstrated on tours

Coin-operated orchestrion; self-playing Piano (with mandolin rail), Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Drums, Cymbals, Triangle. Probably originally used in a small dance hall or bar in Germany. In addition to playing popular music of the day, this instrument also has an animated back-lit picture and a set of changing electric lights. This would have been a significant attraction in 1910 when such use of electric lights was still a novelty.

Pneumatic suction operated paper roll player with electric motor driving the pump.

Perforated paper rolls; proprietory system unique to this make & model.

Musical Museum

8

1970s

This particular "Clarabella" was offered for auction in the early 1970s by a mechanical music dealer based in the USA, although the orchestrion was located in Belgium at the time. It was purchased by the Musical Museum's founder Frank Holland who is believed to have restored it.

Gallery 1

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Weblinks

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTs7m3SXwW8


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