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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I'm a novice fiddler and mandolinist. I've played the guitar for many years and also play the recorder, fife, flute, and, more recently, tin whistle. I work in the communications field and, in addition to music, I enjoy photography, writing, gardening, golf and travel.
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