Coin-operated Violano-Virtuoso containing an automatically-played violin with piano accompaniment, controlled by paper rolls. Made by the Mills Novelty Co., Chicago, USA, circa 1920s.

The Violano-Virtuoso was acquired from the National Music Museum in Brentford, Middlesex, England, in 1980.

Physical Description

Instrument located within a wooden cabinet with glass door access to the violin in the upper half. Wood door access to paper roll device & storage in the lower half and wood door access to the piano at the rear. The violin and piano are played electro- magnetically and are under the control of perforated paper rolls.

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