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FASCINATING MACHINE

….from the last century. The instrument is called Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina & it was invented by Ludwig Hupfeld AG in 1907.

It is entirely mechanical, playing the music on eight violins placed in a circular bow of the vertical round-a-bout. Small bellows come to simulate the action like the fiddler’s fingers on the strings of violins. There are also cabinet versions with the self playing piano.

It looks like something you would find in the HBO’s Westworld series.!

Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina

Fully restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina plays “Lotosblumen Walzer” by E. Ohlsen. Restoration done by Fred Bernouw restorations in The Netherlands. Meer info: info@frankbernouw.nl

Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina 2

Fully restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina plays Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E flat major. Andante by Fréderic Chopin. Restoration done by Fred Bernouw restorations in The Netherlands. Meer info: info@frankbernouw.nl

Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina 3

Fully restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina plays “Lelia” a Valse Bostin by Hugo Hirsch. Restoration done by Fred Bernouw restorations in The Netherlands. Meer info: info@frankbernouw.nl