Last year, our Italian sister society AMMI opened a museum of mechanical musical instruments in the Villa Silvia in Cesena. Last week, the museum was featured in he Italian TV programme Sì viaggiare; in the movie below, you can also see AMMI's president, Franco Severi:

For those members who weren't able to join our society's visit to the former Ghysels collection in the depot of Katoen Natie in Kallo: Sjon Baum posted some movies on YouTube of that afternoon, including this one of the 68-key Bursens "Brusilia".

A véry modern automatic orchestra ... Mechanical music or not?

The organ museum at Haarlem regularly organises a surprising event. For King's Birthday, they invited the Band of Liberation to play together with street organ De Lekkerkerker. This resulted in a fantastic combination, as you can see and hear on this movie by Jan Kees de Ruijter:

 

Wim van der Baan has posted more movies of this event on YouTube.

Gotye and Decap HerentalsIt is well known that the technology developed by the firm of Decap Herentals has attracted many artists in Belgium and abroad (see Guido Belcanto and Pat Metheny, for example).

Now the firm has also gained interested from Gotye (yes, the one of "Somebody that I used to know" :))

Read the full article from the Gazet van Antwerpen of 26 March 2014.

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 Yves VromanStreet organ "Hartenvrouw"20/08/2021

This 92-key street organ “De Hartenvrouw” (Queen of hearts) was built in 1984 by Anton Pluer, who managed to create a splendid instrument both in sound and appearance. The beautiful façade was assembled using from scrollwork of an old Mortier dance organ.

The organ is in excellent condition and comes with a very large repertoire of over 350 books with waltzes, marches, serenades, tangos, medleys etc.

The trailer itself has been motorised so the organ can be easily moved around without the need for a towing vehicle.

The cover is also in very good condition and will protect the organ from any weather condition.

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Street organ "Hartenvrouw"

Verbeeck ontvangt het Handmade in Belgium-labelThe Verbeeck firm now proudly carries the Handmade in Belgium-label. A valuable sign of recognition of this firm, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year!

Read the full article from the Gazet van Antwerpen of 19 March 2014.

Dance tent MeylemansMore than a century ago, Leo Meylemans started a company that rented dance tents, with organs, of course. The business was handed down from father to son and daughter, and in the end, grandson Jos Leclair was the owner of two organs: a 92-key Decap and a 112-key Gaudin dance organ.

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