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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

Barrel piano

2

M

34

Draft

2024-04-21

Barrel piano

A. Tomasso & Sons

N/A

c. 1890

London

Street

Hand crank

Hand crank

Playable and frequently demonstrated on tours

This is a Victorian barrel piano (often mis-called a barrel organ or hurdy-gurdy) in unrestored condition. These instruments were usual rented for 2/6d per day. The renter would typically push it about a mile to a suitable pitch and play it all day as a means of begging for money.

Pinned wooden barrel actuating piano action on 44 note wooden-framed piano.

Pinned barrel, 10 tunes, can be returned to the factory to be repinned when required to keep tunes up to date.

Musical Museum

1977

The instrument was kindly donated to the Museum by the Tomasso family in 1977.

Gallery 1

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