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Mechanical Music in Italy
By John McClure

I just returned from two sunny, wonderful weeks in Italy.  I covered
Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Capri.  The food and wine was
only good and better.

I have the impression the Italians are far too busy with live music
to be into mechanical music.  One notable exception in Rome near the
Piazza Navone is the Collaterale a cura di Milens Tance, 230 via dei
Coronari, tel 06-68806052, a shop run by a husband and wife with
helpful English and a wonderful collection of music boxes, mechanical
organs, automata, etc.

I came home with a lovely miniature bird box ca. 1905 (the airport
security x-ray loved that; I had to show it in Naples, London and
Atlanta).  They have a website: http://www.paginegialle./it/tancamilen
and a nice printed brochure showing "carillions, automi e pianole
meccaniche".  The trip to the ruins of Pompeii and its treasures in
the National Museum in Naples were worth the trip alone.

Best Regards, John McClure

(Message sent Thu 28 Sep 2000, 15:32:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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