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tHESE HAVE GOTTEN 'TOO OLD' TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE MANY

IM HOPEFULLY lOOKING FOR THE FEW  MEMBERS WITH ENOUGH IMAGINATION, IDEA, SUGGESTION ON WHAT THESE  ARE (ALL .13),OR COULD BE- TOO OLD TO DISCARD THE INSTRUMENTS   i ORIGIONALLY GOT THEM FROM A BURLESCUE HOUSE IN MANHATTEN 'BACK IN THE DAY" (1950'S) BEING TOSSED ~BUT~WHAT ARE THEY...PLEASE. r r r   *ANY AND ALL IDEAS CONSIDERED, WILLING TO BE SURPRISED, i'VE TRIED, ANTIQUE. ROADSHOW, SOUTBYS, ANTIQUE CALIMBA REPAIR IN MANHATTEN, AND A FEW OTHERS ON THE OFF CHANCE ~SOMEONE~ WOULD RECOGNIZE THEM.*WILLTHAT SOMEONE BE YOU. !!!  MANNY THANX FOR ANY AND ALL REPLIES, btwi HAVE WAV FILES i CAN SEND or make them up again. (no, I cant play them as well as my father did. AND i HAVE TO FIGURE OUT IF i CAN SEND WAV .FILES HERE (OR HOW) hA!      Manny Thanx, tDuck

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It's definitely a disassembled musical thing that relies on knockers (like a wind chime) for the sound like Burf said, but gosh, it would be a giant one. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a novelty device like a nickelodeon cos some of them got VERY ornate and very huge (example).  Maybe you could ask the person who runs that website if he/she has any idea what it might be.  Alternatively it could be just one giant music box that got "programmed" to play the songs at the burlesque show (like this one).

Alternatively you can try asking one of the nice wind chime manufacturers like Music of the Spheres or try contacting someone who specializes in carnivals/fairs.

You might have a one-of-kind, and there might not be anything similar since it doesn't seem like something that would be heavily produced.
Looking further, I have a really strong hunch it was part of a 19th century orchestrion and more than likely you might have the only remaining bits of a very special thing.
Duck-O (author) 1 year ago
OK, You got the ball rolling again and I've posted to; http://www.robertsmusicalrestorations.com/index.php/projects/completed/22-disneys-wurlitzer-c-orchestrion
Who does the wonderful musical restorations for Walt Disney in the hopes they may be able to identify the Wav. file or the photos and help me find the proper home for these one-of-a kind instruments too well constructed to be trashed.
I'll always have my memories but these need to be shared and displayed. ct
fretted1 year ago
tubular glockenspiel ?
KJ4ZVQ3 years ago
it looks like a cross of a kilamba and a flexatone. the others just look like dipperent octives of it
fretted3 years ago
glockenspiel chimes German or Dutch of some sort you may just have a handfull of cash if you find the right buyer
inthegroove3 years ago
I,m sure they are from an old Merry-Go-Round...
Duck-O (author) 3 years ago
BTW. Looking at the 'Wurlitzer c open shot- I Do believe I think I see what looks like the origional (pre-gold painted) xylophone bar 'sets' behind the large white wooden clappers in the upper leftmost corner of the open view.! tDuck
Duck-O (author) 3 years ago
I Give the Winning Answer Award to: AngryRedhead (aren't all Redheads?) (Having nothing to do with my fascination with redheads,) But I think her
"It's definitely a disassembled musical thing that relies on knockers " just about sums it up ~That and the Links she so nicely provided, BTW using the nickelodean link she provided and the photos(Nice Photos) would help explain the small Bass drum, 1 of the Tamborines, the mechanical slide flutes and a stained glass window that exist in various locations in the basement and throughout the house. Corngrats to Burf, thats the 2nd or 3rd time donating them to the Smithsonian has come up since I started searching these things out *and a Definate "Pat on the Back for BeeHard who Can tell the differance between an Angklung and something built with attention to detail.
"Besides wondering what they are, the sheer immensity of effort that went into their construction is what kept them from being trashed." Someone,somewhere put a LOT of time and attention into these
"Dissassembled musical things" Seeing the working knickelodeans and comparing their construction and compact design(&those other instruments I didnt mention having-) I can see them all fitting into place in one Large instrument (Probably why is was acquired dissassembled. R R R)
Wow, So it looks like I have parts of a knickelodean while mp3 players are being given away in magazine advertisements hahaha, next to my #18 RCA Motorola AM radio (with the 'B' embroidered speaker cover) Now to verify those 'White Line" earthenware plates.... Hey, Can I ask if anyone knows how to get my home rated as a museum (or turn a buck on all this 'stuff') I Thank You All. (An Angklunk....NOoo Waay Like A "Cow's ear and a Silk Purse".tDuck
I have candle molds that look like that. Am i right?
i definitely looks like an imitation angklung
i live in Malaysia (beside Indonesia, between Thailand and Singapore)
so i see angklungs once in awhile
Seeing the instrument, I immediately thought of a bamboo instrument that my father brought back from Indonesia about 10 years ago. After hearing the sound that you posted, it seems even more like the same thing, just looks like an Americnaized attempt at re-creating the same type of instrument.

The instrument I believe this resembles is called an "Angklung" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angklung). It sounds almost exactly like the sound clip that you posted, and like I said, it could be someone's attempt at making their own version of such an instrument.

Try a search in google, I'm sure you could come up with a few different sites that have sound clips of the Angklung in use.
whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
i can hardly believe that's an angklung...
Duck-O (author) 4 years ago
Further clues, Yes, the sounds are produced by shaking (or rocking) each instrument and yes , they are all major chords. The wooden frames are also bound by twine (obviously by hand) in an intricate fashion. The clappers (balls) are set with a pin on the metal band supporting them. There are fine red velvet stoppers to prevent the clappers from hitting the frame and the sounds are produced from hitting the 3 tuned wooden planks at the same time. The pipes are indeed amplifiers and each has the same curved hook atop the instrument to rock from. Antiques roadshow and the manhattan repair store I questioned replied that they are from a mechanical player (nickelodean, merry-go-round, hurdy-gurdy....) but were definatly played mechanically. Currently I have them set in two rows suspended from the hot and cold water pipes in my basement. Theres a fine dark brown varnish under the gold paint my father added manny years ago. They are played by rocking each desired chord in sequence to play the desired song. I remember my father playing them in the basement as the sound would fill the entire home above them.My musical skills are nowhere near his, nor can I play the upright piano (Honky-tonk was my fathers gig at the burlesque house these came from) I'm going to try and add a sampling of these in a Wav format and try to add them here. Wish me luck and I'll wish you luck opening it R R R R R tDuck
frollard Duck-O4 years ago
listening to it and hearing 'merry go round' in the same sentence are the obvious answer. It would be very simple to make a machien to play a song. Very cool! You would be damaging the history of the world if you throw it out! At the very least give it to a museum.
Burf4 years ago
They resemble what I would call the sound board (I know that's not the correct name for them) that I once saw in an old mechanical music player. A cylinder with prongs or barbs projecting from it turns and strikes levers that drive the hammers upward into the chime, making a musical note. The cylinder could be replaced and the device plays a different song.

Unfortunately, i don't remember what the machine was called but I'm pretty sure it was in the Smithsonian in Washington. You might want to contact the Smithsonian, attaching your pics, and someone there may be able to help you.
frollard Burf4 years ago
I would think like you say here -- mechanically driven from a cylinder -- but I'd think to reduce strain the hammers would be spring loaded, slowly cocked by the cylinder, then released to give that trademark 'thunk'.

@OP -- how about a video sample of the sound if you can get the moving parts moving?
Duck-O (author)  frollard4 years ago
Your wish is my command, I've added a wav. file you should be able to open for a sample of their unique sounds. Pardon my 'playing' but I was learning on the spot. They All work when played I just have no idea what to do with them.
I dont wanna throw them out without learning what they are and I'm near the end of authority figures to ask. With my luck I'd toss em out and see them in the newspaper as a discovered 'find' (worth millions).Hmmm, EBay???carl
janw4 years ago
In my opinion as an instrumentbuilder these are one-of-a-kind instruments. They are clearly a kind of xylophone or marimba because the sound producing material is wood. As I look at the size of the wooden bars, I would say that these instruments are tuned as a minor or major chord. you notice that there ar only 3 soundbars but 4 springmounted hammers. This suggest to me that this instrument was playe by shaking it and thus produced a chord. It wouldn't surprise me if the are all tuned as different chords. the tubes are only there to resonated and so to amplify the sound.

So I would conclude that these are one-of-a-kind instruments, custom build for a specific song?, dance?, burlescue-act. I that is right then sadly you won't find a name for it.

I consulted my organology (science of musical instruments) books but I couldn't find a better answer.

If you would find out theire name or what they were made for, then please let me know cause these kind of things intrigue me.

frollard4 years ago
on second thought, the sphere looks to hit the tuned resonant wood blocks, and the tubes simply amplify the correct note. Very perplexing! I bet it sounds like an amplified xylophone or marimba.
.. I think frollard is on the right track. Looks more like a xylophone with amplifiers/resonators/? than a pipe organ to me.
afridave4 years ago
no idea what it is but its very interesting,certainly looks like a musical instrument of sorts,looks like the balls strike the tubes to make the sound and could those black uprite bars perhaps be to cut the sound off? perhaps part of some or other hurdy gurdy device.