This incredible Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Model B music cabinet is among the rarest and most advanced automatic music players of its time. The remarkable machine, crafted by renowned Leipzig firm of Ludwig Hupfeld, is one of the most mechanically complex music players ever made, boasting three self-playing violins accompanied by a self-playing piano.
Once made in the thousands to entertain patrons of upscale hotels, restaurants, and cafes, these extraordinary machines have become increasingly rare, and only 63 still exist today.
First debuted at the 1910 World’s Exhibition in Brussels, this Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina is a beautiful marriage of music and machine.
The violin and piano playing instrument comprising three violins playing strings tuning to D, A and E and bowed by a circular 1,350-strand horsehair bow cage, with integrated cross-strung Rönisch pianoforte, full expression to both piano and violins.