Air Calliope Survey Form

Air Calliope Study Project

Introductory Style Notes:

An Invitation to Send Accompanying Photographs

Pictures of the exterior of an instrument often allows us to identify case styles, control knobs, coin slots, art glass details, and other characteristics oftentimes not easily described through text alone. Moreover, snapshots of the interior mechanisms and any nameplates they may bear usually helps us greatly to identify mechanical characteristics that shed light on the mechanical evolution of an instrument, which helps us when developing dating guides. It is no stretch to say that photographs are an invaluable aid in detailing and understanding any instrument for which information has been submitted, and so please do consider sending photographs, albeit separately from the on-line form, but nonetheless augmenting the survey information.

Invitation to e-mail photographs corresponding to a survey submittal.
Please send photographs to:

Air Calliope Survey Form

All survey submissions to the Mechanical Music Press are given with the provision that the Mechanical Music Press and/or its authors have non-exclusive use of the information, images, or other material submitted for use with this project or in any other part of this web site, and do so without limitation. All contributors of significant, previously unused information will be listed as contributors under general credits in the Registry section. Submission does not guarantee the acceptance of or the use of the whole or any part or segment of any information submitted. Please do not submit information if you cannot abide by the aforementioned stipulations.

Contact Information
  Show owner name in reports.

* Required form fields: Contact information will be kept private, with the exception of owner name if, and only if the "Show owner name on reports" box is checked.

Air Calliope Basic Information

Usually die-Stamped onto the Calliope nameplate.

Artizan.  Electrotone.  Gordon-Howard.  Harrington/National.  Ori.  Tangley.  Wurlitzer.

Styles: Air Calio, Caliola, Calliaphone, New-Tone, etc.

Tuned Pressure; Gauge Pressure; Blower Speed; Pressure Range, etc.

Original built in keyboard.  NO built in keyboard.
Pipework / Whistles

Some commonly encountered pipe/whistle counts include: 40, 43, 53, 58, etc.

All brass whistles.
Brass whistles with wooden stoppers/caps.
Open wooden flute pipes (Caliola large scale).
Combination of open and stopped wooden flute pipes.
Auxiliary and Percussive Instrumentation
Snare drum.  Bass drum.  Cymbal.
Roll Frame / Spoolbox
No roll mechanism—Manually keyboard played only.
10-tune roll frame—Details unknown.
10-tune roll frame with wind-motor drive.
Artizan 10-tune roll frame with slotted roller over tracker bar.
Wurlitzer 10-tune roll frame, 2 friction disks (rewind and forward play), shaft drive.
Wurlitzer 10-tune roll frame, all gear, shaft drive.

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Blower Setup and Type
No Blower—Internal vacuum and/or pressure feeder bellows.
Externally located blower (connected by large diameter tubing).
Internally located blower (inside of calliope/organ case).

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Motor Information (only if original motor)  Motor Model:  Motor S/N:  Motor RPM:
Case and/or Decorative Facade
No façade or enclosure—fully open pipework.
Band organ type of facade with NO screens over front openings.
Band organ type of facade with painted screens over front openings.
Date and Notations Written on Case or Mechanisms

Oftentimes dates and notations are written on the case and/or on various components. For instance, Tangley Calliaphones often have the factory tuning date penciled on the right keybed under the cheek block. Sometimes there is a date on the pressure gauge.

Comments, History, and Explanations

Please include any additional information about the air calliope that might be pertinent, such as its history, i.e., various locations and owners. If you find a date (or style number), such as on a paper sticker inside or outside the case, or on a mechanical component, notice an early tuning date written by hand on the case, find an original sales invoice, etc., please describe any such items.