David Barnert Posted December 10, 2003 Share Posted December 10, 2003 (edited) A month ago, in the "Music Genie" thread, I wrote: I saw a whole museum full of 19th century mechanical musical curiosities once (it was near Utica, NY, but I think it no longer exists). There were dozens of bellows-powered free reed instruments driven by paper rolls with holes punched in them. They were operated by turning a crank. Think: organ grinder, little monkey... I've done some poking around my own documents and on the web and learned the following: The Music Museum was (!) in Deansboro, New York, about 15 miles southwest of Utica. I was there in July of 1992. Oddly enough, while I was there I ran into the Kruskal brothers and their father. They were in town for their mother's funeral. The museum closed its doors and auctioned off its collections in September of 1998. Googling "Deansboro Music Museum" (without the quotes) yielded a fair amount of information, including this tribute: http://mkl.com/~outback/#dboro (scroll down a bit) I don't find any images of the collection. A price list prepared in anticipation of the auction is available only at the web archive, here: http://web.archive.org/web/20010903122405/...9809/index.html Edited December 10, 2003 by David Barnert Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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