Should I remind those traveling in the area of Geneva (Switzerland)
before Jan. 11th 1998, that they may visit a splendid exhibition of more
than 400 music boxes, from the primitive movements built around 1800
till the last ones (cylinder or disc) built after 1900, and even modern
Every kind of movement is represented : stacked teeth, disc, rigid
notation, pianoforte, piccolo, interchangeable, revolver, duplex,
"La boite a musique, une industrie genevoise" is opened every day
(Monday excepted) from 10 AM to 5 PM; entrance fee 5 Swiss Francs
(around four dollars).
You may listen to many boxes if you call in advance Etienne Blyelle,
the organizer of this exhibition, at his home +41 (0)22 329 62 03, at
around 9 am or between 7 and 9 PM. (Take note of the time difference,
not to awaken him in the middle of the night !). And he is present on
the premises of the exhibition almost every day.
I went especially there from Paris, and did not regret the two times 6
hours I spent there !
You may find a report on that exhibition in the MBSI news bulletin
No. 137, pages 26 and 27, by Dan Choffnes. It is very difficult to
sum up such an event.
Philippe Rouille (Paris, France)