Hupfeld Style A Phonoliszt-ViloinaOrchestrion
Trademark: Ludwig Hupfeld A.G.
Made in: Germany
Dimensions: 68 × 94 × 38 in
Tags: orchestrion, music
This is a beautiful example of one of the most acclaimed of all automatic musical instruments, the Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina. It quickly became a worldwide sensation. A piano is housed in a lovely cabinet that plays with human-like expression and is accompanied by music from three violins, each with an active string. The instrumentation includes a high quality Rönisch piano and three real violins, as noted above, all playing with lifelike expression from sophisticated pneumatic mechanisms and a multispeed rotating bow with 1,344 meticulously hand-tied strands of horsehair. It plays two types of rolls: Phonoliszt-Violina rolls, a supply of which are included, and Phonoliszt expression piano rolls that play the piano only. This is the only known Phonoliszt-Violina having violins bearing Dea labels, implying that they were originally made for use in a larger Hupfeld Dea-Violina, no other example of which exists today. Restored by Reblitz’s company.