A Century-Old Music Machine That Simultaneously Plays a Piano and Three Violins

Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Model B Music Cabinet

Step back in time and witness a true mechanical marvel at M.S. Rau, the renowned antique store in the heart of New Orleans. Nestled within its collection of fine art and furnishings lies an extraordinary piece of history – the Hupfeld Phonolist-Violina Model B music cabinet.

At first glance, it may appear to be just a player piano, but this creation from the early 20th century hails from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and offers a unique musical experience. What sets it apart is its ability to simultaneously play not only a piano but also three violins. In its time, this innovation was nothing short of revolutionary.

The Hupfeld Phonolist-Violina Model B gained international acclaim at the 1910 World’s Fair in Belgium and went on to be produced in significant quantities. While many have faded into history, 63 of these marvels have stood the test of time, including the specimen now on display at M.S. Rau.

[Via Neatorama]