We are sad to report the passing of our long time business associate and decades long friend, Johnny Verbeeck (b. October 14, 1951 - d. June 2, 2015) in Belgium. Johnny fought a long and hard battle for several years and succumbed from the effects of cancer on June 2nd.
Johnny was a true professional in the field of organ restoration and manufacture, and installed and maintained MOST of the world's greatest dance and fair organ instruments. His talents will be sorely missed.
His son Jeffery Verbeeck has assumed the operation of the business. Johnny's brother will also continue with the day to day Verbeeck operations. Marijke Verbeeck will continue her excellent handling of the administrative duties and other activities of Verbeeck Organ Company. We wish everyone our best as they organize to continue this 125 year old business in the tradition of the many generations of Verbeeck family organ builders.
A longtime friend and music broker, Wolf Schweppe (b. June 11, 1948 - d. June 10, 2015) passed away after a brief illness in Schaumburg, Il. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, son Erik Schweppe and daughter Sabrina Urlaub. We first met Wolfgang more than 40 years ago. During that time he has bought and sold many rare music boxes, orchestrions, automata, and unique antiques of every description. He traveled to Europe a number of times, arranging for the purchase of large musical instruments. Wolf also did extensive business in the Orient, and help form some most wonderful collections in Japan.
He often traveled with the MNC staff and acted as our German interpreter! On one occasion, his efforts resulted in the private sale of an entire museum collection (the Fischer Collection.) To this day, that sale continues to be the largest private purchase of more than 300 mechanical instruments, in the history of the hobby. His many friends on both sides of the ponds will miss his wit, stories, and genuine never ending interest in Mechanical Music.
Wolf and Sandy were active member of the MBSI and other organizations and could often be found at chapter meetings and national conventions alike. We extend our condolences to Sandy and the family.
Rare Opportunities don't last long....
Wow, its been wonderful to watch the mechanical music market continue with STRONG sales the first half of 2015!
We have been servicing, buying, and selling Mechanical Music Instruments and Mills Violano’s for decades.
Recently we sold BOTH of the world class American machines previously pictured on this home page. The Seeburg H and the early Mills Violano represented the very best examples we have ever had the privilege of offering.
We also helped arrange the private sale of the world's most desirable mechanical musical instrument, the very large and impressive Welte Wotan. It is now located and playing extremely well in its new home. Moving day presently several challenges, see our blog of the moving and assembly process.
The Andrews collection RM/Sotheby auction was a huge SUCCESS! The total proceeds of automobiles, vehicles, automobilia, and mechanical music were gaveled "sold" at a 100% sell thru rate for a total of over $54 million dollars! Not bad for a one day sale!
We have now relocated the wonderful Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ, and the other three musical items; the 110 Key Gavioli, 112 Key Mortier, and Weber Bravo. All have now been moved and reassembled by our staff to the respective buyers across the world. All are performing well thanks to our team of the finest experts in the USA handling the clients every need.
In addition, we placed the Ruth Style 38B, 96 key Fair Organ within a new collection, and it has now also been moved to its new home and is playing extremely well. Many other very desirable pieces have found new collection homes, and Mills Violanos continue to sell briskly (4 in the past two months).
Several new items are currently being cataloged for sale right now, so check back in a few days to see the latest treasures.
We have had serious inquires about this beautiful RESTORED ready to plug and play Violano ....but as of this writing it is still available for sale. If you are looking for a very fine Mills Violano, ready to go, you should consider this one. We feel it is only a matter of time until it finds a new home----don't wait, call us today at 800-691-6042.
This is the best and finest BLACK Mills Violano we have ever seen; a stunning Black Mills Violano in perfect working condition! Image what a combination this would be with a great BLACK grand piano! More information on the for sale page.
The Andrews collection is being downsized not totally dispersed. We will continue to represent this family in the sale of several remaining items that were not included in the recent RM/Sotheby auction. Please feel free to contact us directly via cell phone, 715-697-9242 if you have interested in any of these items.
These most desirable mechanical music instruments continue to be solid investments in the future. This bodes well for the bright future of Mechanical Music.
Our current offerings include some of the finest large Orchestrions ever available in recent times. The wonderful Wurlitzer Pian-Orchestrion Style 30A (one of two known), has not been for sale in the collector market in over 40 years! The Weber Unika and Weber Otero have both now been sold.
Any one of these pieces would be the "star" of most automatic music collections.
Opportunities still exist for discriminating buyers who are looking for solid future investments against the volatile stock market. However as we have previously said, DONT WAIT TOO LONG! Many of these extremely rare, extremely fine examples are being purchased---and may not again be on the market for a very long time!!! Look over our "for sale" items and give us a call, 800-691-6042.
If you are considering selling your Mills Violano----Remember our number 800-691-6042. Give us a call!
You can try the rest, then come back to the best! No matter if you are a seller or buyer, we can help, just give us a call at 800-691-6042. We look forward to serving your mechanical music needs.
Several newly arranged albums of music for the Violano have been released this year. Terry H. continues to restore Violanos. Sales of Mills Violano instruments and VALUES have been good. This is a great sign for the investment potential of the Mills Violano. Top quality investment grade instruments are very much alive and well.
We have finally completed the list of rolls that we have in stock. Give us a call for specific items that you need and we can now tell you if we have them for everything from Coinola "O" to Seeburg "A&G&H" to Hupfeld Phonolizst original and recut rolls. We just discovered a small supply (100+) of original Welte Red Rolls. Our problem is your opportunity! We will sell these rolls in lots just to move them out of our limited storage space. Please give us a call at 800-691-6042 or 715-697-9242 if you are looking for specific music rolls or music box disc for one of your instruments---
If you are thinking about selling some musical items or your entire collection call us at 800-691-6042. Cash buyers are standing by for quality mechanical music instruments. Lets talk, and as always we NEVER CHARGE for helping answer your questions.
The music hobby is realizing the value of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) which adds to the enjoyment of new music while retaining the originality of old instruments!
We are pleased to announce we are in beta testing G4 (generation four) state of the art digital hardware and software systems which operate with wireless interfaces for Android and Windows tablets or smartphones. We also continue to beta test Apple products.
SELLING? ONE MUSIC MACHINE OR THE ENTIRE COLLECTION--- CALL US TO GET TOP RESULTS! Find out what others already know--- CALL 800-691-6042 and we will help you reach your objective!!!
Call 800-691-6042 for all the details about our new Mechanical Music Digital Player that will allow complete musical control of any antique musical instrument.
The Mills Violano Virtuoso is an amazing mechanical music machine manufactured by Mills Novelty Company from 1907 to 1930. If you are new to the Violano, you can find history, facts and pictures related to the Violano manufacture, direct from our archives.
Visit our FOR SALE sections to see our offerings of mechanical music machines for sale which are updated with new items as they become available. Our clients ask for an alternative source where they can buy and sell instruments without hidden fees, tricks, and games----this service has been an overwhelming success!
We are active sellers and buyers for American Orchestrions and Nickelodeons, Mills Violanos of all types, DeCap and Mortier Dance Organs, Piano Wall Boxes, original Literature and catalogs, Fairground organs of all types, original Seeburg G & H rolls, and art glass panels from original nickelodeons, and more. Give us a call today, we NEVER charge for advise or information about mechanical music.
Collecting automatic music, a clear choice. Automatic music has PROVEN to be a sound business investment over the years in good times and bad. A solid investment that historically has had reasonable appreciation year after year. Perhaps you are happy with the current return from your bank CD? Enjoy mechanical music and good returns both. Its your choice....
Our affiliated restoration service, Haughawout Music Company is recognized as THE AUTHORITY concerning all aspects of the Mills Violano restoration. If you are looking to buy or sell a Violano, give us a chance---the call is free--800-691-6042, call today you won't be disappointed.