> Why spend years building something that will never have much
> monetary value, when you could invest in an authentic piece of
> mechanical music history and hear music played the way it was
> intended to be heard?
As much as I personally would love to have many orchestrions and other
mechanical music goodies, there is a couple of answers to this
question. Firstly, authentic orchestrions are not available here in
Australia (I'm sure Bernt finds the same in South Africa) and I doubt
I could afford the travelling over there to pick one up and transport
back, (not yet anyway).
Secondly, building something is a project, a hobby, and I have never
even considered the monetary value of such an instrument. They are not
always built just for their monetary value, I'm not building it to sell
There is also a large sense of achievement of making something.
Just my opinion for what its worth :)
(Blue Mtns. Australia)