Autophone Organette - Roller Organ - With Video For Sale
The Autophone, patented by Henry B. Horton in 1878, was the first organette to be mass produced in the United States. Horton was also responsible for patenting the calendar clock in 1864 and the patents he secured were eventually bought by the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company.
The Autophone organette operates by squeezing the small pressure-operated bellows by hand which in turn advances the music sheets over a 22-note brass reed block. The complex ratchet style mechanism is a testament to the ingenuity of America's early inventor's. A larger 32-note Concert Autophone as well a a foot-pumped floor model were also produced. After several years the company discontinued the Autophone line and in 1884 began producing the popular Gem Roller Organ which remained in production until the mid 1920's.The remaining Autophone inventory was sold to the Simplex Co. which began producing the Auto-Organ organette. In lieu of hand-squeezing the bellows the mechanism was mounted in a rectangular case and a hand crank was added to operate the instrument. This Autophone has been completely restored with new leather material throughout including; bellows, gussets, flap valves, safety valve and reed block seal. Reproduction basket-weave design paper has been applied to the bellows. The reed block has been re-tuned and the instrument is in excellent playing condition.
Note: Most Autophone's have a small brass looped music-card holder on the top behind the reed block cover. This one has no screw holes where it would have been mounted indicating it was never added. Six original tune sheets, 4 in good playable condition and 2 needing repairs are included. additional organette sales, parts and supplies please visit:
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