Remarkable Music Machines and Their Stories by Arthur A. Reblitz
edited by Q. David Bowers
The Fascinating World
• Lovely and elegant music boxes
• Self-playing mechanical orchestras
• Automatic violins, harps, and banjos
• Thrilling mechanical band organs used in
carousels, fairgrounds, and amusement parks
• Pianos that duplicate the artistic playing
Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and other famous artists
This web site is sponsored by
Reblitz Restorations Inc....
• Tuning & Regulation
• Complete Restoration
• Friendly On-Site Service
• Missing Parts Reproduced
• Repair of Individual Components
• Piano Soundboards and Pinblocks
• Specializing in Musical Finishing Touches
• Over 40 Years of
This beautiful Hupfeld style A Phonoliszt-Violina,
featuring three violins accompanied by an expression
piano, is one of the many orchestrions we have
restored since the 1960s. Click on it for more
information about our services.
How to Use This Web Site
All main pages have a navigation menu
at the left margin (picture panes accessed via thumbnail images do not,
but instead have a “Back” button located at or near the bottom of the
panel to return the viewer to the referring page).
Image Thumbnail Links to Image Panes
note that throughout the site there are prominently featured thumbnail
images interspersed within the text, which are unmarked but functional links to image
panes that feature one or more much larger scale images, along with
oftentimes very detailed descriptions. An
illustration of this is the example thumbnail image picture pane link at
right.Hold the mouse over the image and click, and see
what you get! There is a lot of otherwise “hidden” information
that can be quickly accessed by simply clicking on highlighted links
and/or the thumbnail images, and so don’t miss out by ignoring these
links to additional treasures.
Navigation Menu Description and Color Codes
On the navigation menu at top left it
can be seen that this site is divided into several sections, each one
devoted to some logical historical interest or activity, as follows:
Started: Suggestions as to how to best make use of the
web site and its navigational features, and a link to “What Is New to
this Site” page.
Books: Currently there is only one book listed, along with several links to get
immediate access to various book details and to an order blank. More
information regarding books by Art Reblitz is planned, but not yet
Articles and Instrument Profiles: The section provides access to historical articles and stories, as well
as to the many instrument profiles (or simple pedigrees) for Hupfeld,
Wurlitzer/Philipps, Welte, and others yet to be added.
The Registry and Rollographies: This section serves as both a registry of various
mechanical music items and as a research center. It features organized
lists or enumerations of many types, including (1) lists of extant
instruments and/or appurtances; (2) ledger information for various
mechanical music instrument manufacturers; (3) rollographies, both
internally generated and externally by other authors and/or
organizations; (4) survey forms for gathering additional information for
database lists and research; and (5) historical information pertinent to
the items or content presented.
Restorations: Background information and restoration, tuning, and other services
provided by Reblitz Restorations and his associates, along with customer
comments, photos, and videos of restored instruments.
Resources: Audio recordings, some frequently asked questions, and links to various
mechanical music related resources, including venues, books, supplies,
and restoration sources.
Information: This section contains contact information
regarding book orders, technical inquiries and for reporting web site
errors and problems, as well as a page detailing the evolution of this
site and various site policies.
Link Errors: Please report any errors regarding links to other pages and/or other
access problems to the Mechanical Music Press Webmaster at:
Registry and Rollography Database Reports
All Registry and Rollography database reports are in searchable PDF format. This means that when viewing any report in a a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can search the report for any string of characters. If, for instance, in a rollography report you want to find a particular roll number, tune, or composer it is possible to instantly find it by opening a search dialog box (usually using a key combination such as "Ctrl-F") and then entering the appropriate character string.