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Indoor Instruments Performing Outdoors
By Ingmar Krause

Hello Robbie,  good point about what to call an instrument that is
designed for one area when it is moved into another area.  Various
ideas come to mind:

- moving a dance-organ into a merry-go-round;
- mounting a church-organ onto a trailer, and so on.

Well, I suppose you would call it what it is: an orchestrion that
is not supposed to be there on the street, a dance-organ that doesn't
belong on the fairground, and a church-organ which hopefully is just
being moved to another church.

While we are at it: one instrument that can be seen a lot on the
street, but that also was designed for mainly indoor purposes is --
by coincidence -- the *Ariston*!  We call it "eine Tischdrehorgel"
(a table-top-organ) as to play it you need some sort of table to
put it on (unless you happen to have right belt to hang it around your
neck!).  Now guess where most tables are to be found: indoors!

Being, like the player-piano, an instrument designed for home usage,
many of them survived through the decades (century!) and so did the
huge amount of discs available for it -- the two key ingredients that
in the end served to bring it onto the street.

I sometimes do wonder, whether those fellows in Leipzig ever expected
that their little "music box" even was going to be used in church
concerts!  It is amazing what good acoustics can tickle out of such
a little box.

Player pianos, too, are sometimes to be found on the street, but the
key problem is the hassle with such a bulky thing and the tuning,
something that I worry about as well in Robbie's vision of taking an
orchestrion to the street.

greetings by(e) InK - Ingmar Krause
Victoria, B.C., Canada

(Message sent Thu 18 Dec 2003, 20:14:24 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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