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Ariston Organette Discs
By Ingmar Krause

> From: (Mike Knudsen)
> To:
> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 11:54:27 -0500
> Subject: Ariston Organette Discs
> I've been learning more about disc organettes (now own two) and will
> share some info that I hope does more good than harm.
> Most disc organettes were made in Leipzig, a city once famous for an
> organist and composer, and also the site of most disc music box
> production.  There seem to have been two major makers.
> One, Phoenix Musikwerk, use projection-free discs that are convenient to
> handle and store, but do require a more "fussy" key-frame to play.  Their
> product line included the 14-note Diana, 16-note Intona, a 20-note, and
> the 24-note Ariston if I recall right.  All but the 14-note used annular
> rings or "hollow discs" or "bagels", which allowed more than one diameter
> disc to be played on the same instrument.  I own the 14 and 16 versions.

ZONK. Sorry, this was the wrong answer!

Let me correct u:

U r right, in Leipzig there been lots of mechanical music in production.
I don`t know, if Phoenix been there, but could be right.
(Nice technical posting about Phoenix-Instruments BTW.)

BUT: This has nuttin to do with ARISTON.
The instrument called Ariston was built by Ehrlich, Leipzig.
They had also different scales in their catalogue:
The 16- and 19-key Aristonettes and the 24-key Ariston (I think I remember
even a 32-key-scale, but I`m not sure).

The Ariston-Instruments r not working with "rings". They use complete discs.
The material is a kinda paper (mostly, few metal-discs I know of, for they
rattle too much). One center hole and four transportation-holes at
0 degree, 90 degree, 180 degree and 270 degree from the center hole.

For u to be sure, that I know what I`m talking of:
We do own a Phoenix, too (a 24-key one). And it plays loud! :)

> Mike Knudsen
                                            greetings by(e) InK
ERlanger drehORGEL-Trio, Familie Krause,

(Message sent Fri 1 Aug 1997, 21:54:37 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ariston, Discs, Organette

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