Orchestrion


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Orchestrion

 

(1) A portable organ designed by the German musician Abt G. J. Vogler. Invented in 1789.

(2) A combination piano-organ invented by T. A. Kunz in 1791 in Prague.

(3) A combination instrument consisting of a piano with pipes (flutes, clarinet, and bassoon). It is equipped with a pedal board. The instrument was built by A. Hunn and Scharrer in Berlin in 1812. Orchestrions have almost completely gone out of use.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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