Photo by David Gallagher
The Wurlitzer orchestrion at the Musee is from approximately 1912 and is a "Style B" which includes violins and flutes. Several years ago the beautiful wood cabinet was refinished and the stained glass replaced with clear glass so the public can enjoy seeing the movements of the instruments inside. What is an orchestrion? It is defined as: "A self-contained large automatic musical instrument equipped with several different instruments in imitation of an orchestra. It usually contains some percussion effects (e.g., drums, cymbal, triangle, etc.)." It uses a piano roll to play different tunes.