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Amelotti Barrel Orchestrion
By Hans van Oost

Bill Masterman wrote in MMD 990131:

> Does anyone know anything about this piece?  It does work somewhat,
> and then stalls out after a few minutes of playing.  Is the $5000.00
> asking price in line?

Not many orchestrions by this French firm will have been shipped to the
U.S., I think.  Amelotti of Nice, France, was an orchestrion builder
who became quite famous in the 'twenties for his automatic accordions
with drums.  According to people in France, the Polyvox orchestrions on
page 380 of Mr. Bowers' Encyclopaedia were not made by Blessing in the
Black Forest, but by Amelotti in Nice.

I don't know the instrument described, but it is certainly an interest-
ing piece!  You will understand that I cannot give any price indication
from Europe. Go and have a look!!


Hans van Oost, KDV, Netherlands

(Message sent Mon 1 Feb 1999, 19:23:34 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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