Welcome to the mechanical version of Alice in Wonderland! To open the lid on the Phillips Pianella Paganini is like opening a door to a magic mechanical wonderland. While at the Speelklok Museum, musician Martin Molin of the band Wintergatan and creator of the Ingenious Marble Music Machine presented the amazing Philipps & Son’s Paginini.
image/text credit: Wintergatan
The Paganini is an Orchestrion built in 1921. It is the flagship model of Philipps & Son’s from Frankfurt. It is the largest remaining orchestrion of the company.The 3 meters high cabinet houses an instrumentation that can replace 15 musicians.
The Organ pipes of the Phillips Paganini can imitate alot of different instruments and. As many as 10 different paper music rolls can be played using the unique revolving mechanism.
The revolving mechanism is a very unique feature that allows the Paganini to play continuosly for for more than 2 hours without a person having to intervene. There is not alot of mechanical instruments that can beat that. The Phillips Paganini is A true masterpiece from the roaring twenties and the very definition of an Orchestrion.