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Unknown Brass Cylinder Music Box Plays 32 Reeds
By Matthew Caulfield

In yesterday's MMD Fredy Gerer asks about the maker of an all-reed
music box which he recently found.  On p. 93 of the book "The Musical
Box: A Guide For Collectors", author Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume says that
George Bendon produced full-organ boxes with no combs.  He then goes
on to speculate that Paillard produced a similar series of boxes and
around 1880 Brémond produced a full-range organ box with interchangeable

About George Bendon, Ord-Hume says he was a London clock and music box
maker.  He later set up a factory in Ste.-Croix, Switzerland. According
to Ord-Hume, "All his boxes feature a large white tune sheet with a
prominent royal coat of arms.  These tune sheets were all lithographed
in Geneva."

Bendon's tune sheets are shown in H.A.V. Bulleid's "Musical Box Tune
Sheets" series.  No. 243 is particularly interesting because it was in
an all-organ, 47-note, interchangeable box, with each of its three
cylinders playing 16 tunes.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Wed 11 Jan 2012, 15:52:50 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  32, Box, Brass, Cylinder, Music, Plays, Reeds, Unknown

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