121-key Decap "Frangema"In 2007 the Flemish government, stimulated by the then miniser of culture Bert Anciaux, bought the well known collection of mechanical music instruments of Jef and Jeannine Ghysels-Picalausa in Schaarbeek.

Recently, the current minister of culture Joke Schauvliege decided that in due time the collection will be moved the Vleeshuis museum in the centre of Antwerp. Until then, the collection is in storage in a climate-controlled shed of Katoen Natie in the harbour in Kallo; there, Jolien Paeshuys of the heritage department of the city of Antwerp looks after the collection.

The collection is in storage but that doesn't mean that nothing happens with it: recently, the 121-key Decap dance organ "Frangema" was restored and at the moment, the 92-key Mortier "Continental Superstar" is being restored.

From April 2014 onwards, it is possible to get a guided tour in the collection on every last Saturday of the month. However, it is necessary to buy a ticket in advance.

The entrance fee is € 8,00 per person or € 12,00 if you also want a great CD with recordings of the most important instruments in the collection.

More information and a link to buy tickets can be found on this page.

Read the article from the Gazet van Antwerpen of 31 March 2014!



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