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Kids just love Mechanical Music!
Back in the days BC (Before Children) I had a hobby that involved pianolas and reproducing pianos. Time, space, and money all seemed to evaporate when the kids arrived, so I figured I would have to down-size temporarily to smaller instruments. Mechanical organettes looked like an interesting possibility, and the roll-playing models offered a tantalising prospect of making my own music rolls. Perhaps some nursery rhymes for the babies...
Well, the babies have just become adults, and the Ampico is still unfinished. In the intervening 20 years the organette hobby has led to some fascinating work in restoring hundred-year-old instruments, preserving their original music, producing new music rolls to the original standards, and playing them at every opportunity. The pages following give a brief outline of some of these adventures.
Now, back to the pianos - as if I need another retirement project!
Some of my smaller Mechanical Music projects:
Resources for further information:
Please note that the work that I have outlined in these pages is strictly a part-time hobby - it is not a business. I am not in a position to offer instrument repair services, to produce rolls for sale on a commercial basis, or to provide a commercial roll transcription or duplication service. However, like most hobbyists, I am generally more than happy to share and exchange with like-minded enthusiasts. Please use the Enquiry and feedback form for enquiries, feedback, or further information.