Mechanical Music Digest  Gallery
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Gallery > Sounds > chordephon

Spring Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit our home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

Chordephon Player Zither
Chordephon 60-Note Player Zither Replicas
by Gerard Arkenbout (970326 MMD)

cho_handle.jpg (28 kb)
Two Chordephons coupled for "Sublime Harmonie"
Replicas constructed by Mr. Piet Leemans of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Here is my promised report about the Chordephon music boxes my former colleague has built.  They are ready and playing in the "sublime harmonie" way.  So coupled, they are playing sublime together.  He constructed all the parts:  the  wooden case, the frame with brass playing part touching the sixty strings, the drive motor for the metal disc, and even the metal discs are copied or renovated by his own hand.

The attached .gif files show the copies of the photographs we made, one with the discs mounted, another with the electrical and manual driving of the boxes.  The attached .wav files present sounds for at least half a minute for each tune.

  cho_isabella.wav (317 Kb)  "Oh Isabella, sie laest mich nicht"
  cho_besen.wav    (372 Kb)  "Besenbinder March"
  cho_donau.wav    (290 Kb)  "An der schoenen blauen Donau"

My colleague has a number of tunes (about 27), still he wants to have some more discs.   Where can he find them?

Happy listening.

Gerard Arkenbout,
Leidschendam in The Netherlands.
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:09:13 GMT+1

We last heard from Mr. Arkenbout in June 1998, when he wrote that Mr. Leemans was planning a similar project to build a replica Guitarophone (Menzenhauer & Schmidt, Germany).  Mr. Leemans hopes that someone can locate for him the Guitarophone drawings of  U.S. patent numbers 147,341 and 147,342.  See "Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments", by Q. David Bowers, page 359.




cho_illus1.gif (305 kb)
cho_illus2.gif (353 kb)

31 January 2001

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2024 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Please Support Publication of the MMD with your Generous Donation

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page