Large Orchestrions to be sold at MORPHY AUCTION
LAS VEGAS October 15-16th!
We at Mills Novelty are pleased to have been selected to help with the exciting Morphy Auction of exceptional mechanical musical instruments. We invite you to attend this sale in Las Vegas on October 15th and 16th, 2016. This sale promises to be exceptional, and contains top of the line instruments from several famous collections. This represents a buying opportunity that is not likely to come again soon--if ever in a lifetime!
If you can’t attend in person, please contact Morphy Auctions toll free at 877-968-8880. Morphy Auction will assist you in registration for live on-line bidding or absentee bids.
To see and hear these wonderful musical instruments play, click on the photos below.
Perhaps the most awesome Gaudin Dance Organ (of Waldkirch, Germany and Paris, France) in existence in the world! Totally restored by the firm of J. Verbeeck of Belgium. This 110 key instrument has and enormous scale and unequaled musical capabilities. It is totally restored, playing, and ready to be moved into any private or public collection in the world! The façade is 26 feet across, by 16 feet tall. It comes with a large quantity of music, and is fully computerized for ease of operation. The four "strong" men on the front are life size! We can help arrange moving and coordination to its new home---anywhere in the world.
1910 Hupfeld Super Pan Orchestra
This Hupfeld Super Pan, Model III Pan Orchestra has the most sophisticated musical capabilities ever created by Ludwig Hupfeld A.G. of Leipzig, Germany. It has 338 Pipes and Reeds representing violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, lotus flute, cello, harmonium, xylophone, bells and extensive drums and sounds effects such as triangle, wood blocks, etc. It is all controlled by 21 automatic registers and various internal mechanisms for melody, countermelody and accompaniment, soft/loud expression and a very large scale Ronisch concert grade piano with a mandolin attachment. The Pan plays exceptional musical arrangements with a highly-multiplexed 124 note Pan roll, several hundreds of rolls come with the instrument. It was extensive restored by world renown restorer Art Reblitz,''
Mr. Reblitz states that "only three other examples of these, the very largest Hupfeld instruments, are known to have survived. A Model 1, Model II, and a Model IV Excelsior Pan in the Nethercutt Foundation Collection in California. Each is a treasured part of a permanent collection, and each takes its place among the world's most valuable Orchestrions." This example is in excellent playing condition. It has a stunning exceptional fancy art glass and gold leafed façade, and stands ready to entertain all who are privileged to listen to the sound of the golden age of mechanical music.
The firm of Theofiel Mortier of Antwerp Belgium created some of the most ornate and wonderful instruments for large Dance Halls and public spaces. These instruments were also among the largest examples ever produced; this one is of the very biggest scale of 115 keys, and believed to have been manufactured in the very early 1900's.
It has a large supply of cardboard book music and is also controlled via a modern digital midi music system. The façade and statues, wood cabinets, and oil paintings, were all restored by the Verbeeck shop. In excellent working condition, it is ready to entertain anywhere in the world.
With over 600 pipes, brass trumpets, percussion, multiple drums, chimes, and other musical effects it is simply breathtaking to hear and admire. Restored by the famous firm of J. Verbeeck in Belgium, click on the photo to the left for a real concert!
1912 Wurlitzer Style 32-A Concert PianoOrcestra
This Wurlitzer Concert PianoOrcestra is the only known remaining example of these wonderful machines. Instrumentation includes a full piano, over 300 pipes representing violins, flute, clarinets, and many other types of pipes, orchestra bells, xylophone, and numerous drums and other effects---click on the image at left to hear it in action! It has the famous (and very rare) Phillips multi-roll changer and a great supply of original and re-cut music rolls of all types, from classical to jazz. Restored to wonderful original condition, it has a complete history provenance of its early days in old wild west America.
See the sale catalog for complete details, or better yet, buy it and take it home for guaranteed musical enjoyment.
Known in Germany as the Weber Maesto, this translated in English to Weber's Masterpiece! And a true Masterpiece it is! This totally restored Maesto is perhaps the finest of the seven known examples to still survive. It comes with a very large original roll collection and without doubt would be the star of an musical collection anywhere in the world. Much detail about this piece is contained in the full catalog description. It should be remembered that only a few people will ever be privileged to own one, as most are in the largest public museum collections and will never be offered on the market. Don't let this great opportunity pass you by. To hear just what we mean by "great" click on the photo at the left for a real concert! Please contact us or any of the Morphy Auction staff if you have questions or would like additional information about any of these treasures of mechanical music.
Imhof & Mukle Badenia Orchestrion with THREE glass moving scenes. These Orchestrions once entertained patrons at hotels, restaurants, and other public places. Made in the 1910 era, these machines were considered "state of the art" with moving scenes and bronze light fixtures when introduced to the public. It is interesting to note the airship moving over the sky in the center panel---the latest techniclogcal transportation system of its day. A wonder very Germany hand carved oak case sets the tone for this great machines performance. Click on the photo at the left to hear it play and watch its "moving scene effects".
In nice playing condition, it also has had a complete midi digital player system added so that the instrument can play both modern music and the songs of the day (1910).
1927 Weber Brabo Orchestrion.
Made very late in the game of mechanical music, this instrument has had an extensive restoration and is in top of the line condition in every regard. It plays the famous Weber Company rolls, a nice supply accompanies it, and many are from the most respected music arranger of the day, Gustav Bruder. It has a very fine set of Weber Violin pipes, considered by most collectors to be the very best violin pipes ever made for such instruments. Other instruments include a wonderfully restored concert piano, xylophone, mandolin attachment, etc. The case is beautiful and original, having been sensitively cosmetically restored with the look of the wonderful antique cabinet that it is. It has a great original set of double lamps, typical of the day when these instrument entertained in public places.
Listen to it play and you will know why it is extremely popular among collectors today.
We hope to see you at the auction!!!
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