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Posted September 06, 2010 - 12:20 PM
There was also a planer on hand to make the finished dimensional lumber smooth on all sides. They were working on white pine and walnut when I was there.
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Posted September 06, 2010 - 01:01 PM
Could this be the world's first 4-wheel drive tractor? What an interesting piece.
Yes that is VERY interesting,nice restoration too.
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Posted September 06, 2010 - 01:40 PM
There is alot of interesting and rare stuff there.
Thank you For posting the pictures hydriv
Posted September 06, 2010 - 02:13 PM
Unfortunately, the weather on Saturday was a mix of sun, showers and downpours. I managed to photograph the rear and sides of this unit but just as I was about to go around to the other side, the rain hit and the gentleman closed the door. I never got a chance to get the balance of the photos I wanted to take.
Essentially, it's classified as an organ but no one plays it. I'm sure all of you are familiar with the old Player Piano's that used punched rolls of paper to operate the piano keys but those piano's could also be played if someone sat down and played them like a normal piano. This Military Band Organ was built in 1911 in North Tonawanda, New York by the North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works.
Right now, it is being powered by and electric motor sitting on top of it and belt driving a pulley connected to a shaft that goes inside the case that mechanically operates bellows that provide the necessary air pressure needed to power the 52 keys leading to 5 heavy brass trombones, 15 brass trumpets, 15 brass clarinets, 16 brass piccolos, violins, a snare drum, a bass drum and a cymbal. There's more but you get the picture.
The cabinet stands 7ft 9 1/4" to the top of the bass drum and is 4 ft 7 1/4" wide by 2 ft. 7" deep. It is made from 1/4 sawn white oak.
This one has a "LOUD" voice because it was made to play in roller rinks of the day. It is very loud and I felt sorry any exhibitors that were close by to this thing and had to hear the same repertoire of tunes again and again. I'm not into military music but I was totally fascinated by the mechanics of this thing. It has a vacuum pump in it that is connected to a pickup. A punched roll of paper passes over this pickup and holes allow air into the pickup and this is sensed by what is essentially a mechanical relay that is vacuum operated just like having a low voltage coil on an electrical relay. This series of relays control where the air pressure created by the bellows goes and the air pressure blows all of those brass instruments and operates the drums and cymbal as well.
This thing is so loud, there's no way you can talk to the owner/operator. All you can do is smile, nod and make hand gestures. Apparently these were in wide use by all the circuses and carnivals to provide music on the carousel rides. The rolls hold several tunes each and can be changed out. They even had "endless rolls" that played the same series of tunes repeatedly. When you see the front of this thing, you have 21 brass horns blaring at you plus all those clarinets and piccolo's. The snare, bass drum and cymbal are all mounted on the top of the cabinet.
The one shot through the rear entrance door gives you some idea as to what the front looks like.