The Beat Goes On

Mills Violano

For years the famous Mills Violano-Vituroso has dominated the self playing field. It is well known to be the most distinctive and exclusive instrument manufactured. It is the only automatic that contains and plays a real violin with ability to match a human performer. In addition to the violin, the accompanying piano produces a genuine orchestral effect, which has delighted music lovers everywhere. Recognizing the superiority of the Mills Violano, the US Government designated it one of the eight greatest scientific inventions of its decade. This marvel of a music box was patented June 4, 1912.

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Seaburg H Model Solo OrchestrionSeaburg H Model Solo Orchestrion

Seaburg H Model Solo Orchestrion Quoted from the Seaburg Catalog. “Piano, xylophone, 68 pipes, giving violin, piccolo, flute and clarinet effects, mandolin attachment, bass drum, snare drum, tympana, cymbal, triangle and castanets. Manufacturers J.P. Seaburg Piano Company, of Chicago called it a “Masked Marvel. Equal to seven man orchestra. Equipped with patented soft drum control, enabling instrument to render wonderful solo effects. Double veneered hardwood case finished in mission oak (silver gray finish by special order); adorned with two hand carved wood Caryatids, representing ‘Strength and Beauty,’ typical of this combination of excellence in case design. Tempo regulator; automatic loud and soft controls; uses special Style “H”, 88 note, ten selection music roll with famous SEABURG automatic rewind system. Height: 7 feet 3 inches; Width 6 feet 4 inches; Depth, 2 feet 10 1/2 inches. Weight, boxed for shipment: 1800 lbs.” The cost in 1920 was $3,075.00. Restoration on this Seaburg was done by Richard Oldenburg of Bellevue, Washington. It took 8 years to complete at a cost of over $8,000.00. Click HERE to HEAR our Seaburg.

Pianonette Regina

This Pianonette Regina, manufactured by the American Automated Piano Company, could be found only on the wealthiest estates in the colonial days. This particular model plied the Mississippi River during the days of the Paddle Wheelers in the 1860’s.

Electric Corsette, Victor Talking Machine and RouletteDoctor Scott’s Electric Corsette, on the left, designed to give every lady that desired hour glass figure, was a vast improvement over those tug and pull models!

In the center is a TYPE MODEL III Victor Talking Machine. It was one of the first home phonographs and a luxury of entertainment not many could afford.

The Roulette Wheel, on the right, dates back to the days of the Alaskan Gold Rush, and was retrieved from one of the earliest established gambling halls of that era.

Imported French CanaryImported French Canary

The “French Canary” is an imported music box, and as the name implies was made in, and imported from, France. Being well over 100 years old, the Canary’s mechanical movements of wing, head and beak still move to the music as the he sings along with the magnificent sounds of this music box!

Grandfather Clock with Music BoxGrandfather Clock with Music Box

Manufactured about 1890, this Music Box Grandfather Clock features a twelve inch musical box disc at it’s base. Very rare, perhaps as few as a dozen were ever built.

Come to the Museum to see these and many more turn of the century machines!