The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina – a self-playing violin invented in 1907

From The Strad:

Invented in 1907, the Hupfeld Company’s ‘violin player’ was one of the marvels revealed at the World’s Fair of 1910 in Brussels.

The instrument is a combination of a player piano and three violins (each with only one active string), which are mounted vertically and played with a rotating circular bow and robotic fingers.

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One Response to The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina – a self-playing violin invented in 1907

  1. BillyG says:

    Arggghhhh – holy smoke !!!! Nice one ! Love the way that both the note and the speed is controlled…. ( and no, not gonna build one ! )

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