ONE of the world’s most unique orchestras—made up entirely of robots—plays nightly at the Robot Club in Antwerp, Belgium. Designed and constructed by the club owner, Zenon Specht, the electrically-controlled musicians can play anything from tangoes to bop, changing their expressions to suit the mood. The customer is provided with three songs for a nickel and then the robots sit down. When another nickel is fed to them, the boys get up and swing out three more numbers. Their motion is controlled by perforated tapes looking like player piano rolls.

MUSICAL FREAKS Win Fame for MAJOR BOWES’ Amateurs (Jul, 1936)


All right, all right! Wire, glass, tin cans— anything. It was all the same to these boys, who made jobs grow from their mechanical ingenuity. This article relates what you didn’t hear on the radio.

IT’S marvelous how a home workshop fan can make himself famous with a broom, a saw, a dozen tin cans or a few dingy bottles picked up from a junk pile.

Finger Exerciser for Musicians (Feb, 1932)

Finger Exerciser for Musicians
ESPECIALLY useful for music students, typists and others who must have limber fingers is the mechanical finger exerciser shown in the photo below. In use, the hand is laid on the case so that the fingers rest on the five finger plates, and then the motor is set in operation.

These plates swing up and down, up and down, working the finger muscles for increased flexibility. Speed of the motor may be changed by increase or decrease of the finger pressure. Five minutes of exercise each day works wonders.

Play a Saw (Mar, 1948)

Play a Saw

Quickly produce saw music of amazing, voicelike beauty. Without knowing one note from another, without using music, soon play such songs as “Long, Long Trail”, “Till we Meet Again,” and other favorites old and new. No notes to read, no dreary practice — success guaranteed.

Odd Device Makes Music From Air (Aug, 1933)

Odd Device Makes Music From Air
A FRENCH engineer, Rene Bertrand, has developed an instrument which, he claims, will produce music through electrical transcription from the air. How the apparatus operates has not been divulged by the promoters, save for the information that it is far superior to the instrument devised by the Russian scientist, Prof. Theramin. Tone and volume of the music is controlled by the dials on the
two cabinets, while the sounds issue from the two large speakers.

Play Guitar The Hawaiian Way (Feb, 1940)

Just what I’ve been looking for. A way to play without any of that tedious practice stuff. And who would have guessed the Oahu School of Music would be located in Cleveland?

HAWAIIAN GUITAR- Learn to play this EASY. SHORT CUT WAY, right in your own home. No tedious practicing. No special talent necessary. Have fun. Be popular. Surprise your friends. Get “on the air.” Make money teaching others. Hundreds of our students now successful in orchestras teaching, radio. You can do the same.
“How to play the Hawaiian way” tells all about this quick,
fascinating method. Write today. OAHU SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 2114 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio



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1770 Berteau, Chicago
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Helium Plasma Speakers (Jun, 1979)

Coneless speaker uses plasma driver

“Jack’s Welding? My loudspeakers are low. Fill ’em up with helium, please.”

Strange phone call? It’ll be routine for affluent audiophiles using a new speaker system, the Hill Type 1. Type 1 cabinets contain a helium bottle good for about 300 hours of playing time. Minute amounts of helium bleed into a glowing plasma, or highly ionized gas—heart of the speaker from Plasmatronics Inc. (2460 Alamo, S.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87106).

Theremin Cellos Win Music Public in “Electric Concert” (Jun, 1932)

Theremin Cellos Win Music Public in “Electric Concert”

THE electric cello, developed recently by Leon Theremin, has now been accepted by the music public as an instrument of high artistic merit.

At a symphony concert of electric music given a short while ago at Carnegie Hall, New York City, the electric cello made a sensational debut in a program consisting of selections from the old music masters— Bach, Haydn, Debussy, and others.
Producing exquisite tones, with both extremes of volume, the electric cellos have as their innards vacuum tubes whose oscillations are controlled by levers and coils on the instrument.

Mouth Harpist Goes to Extremes (Jun, 1932)

Mouth Harpist Goes to Extremes

JUST because he “slides over” a lot of notes going from low “G” to high “C” gives Fred Leslie, London musician, the right to claim the title of world’s champion mouth harpist. His mammoth instrument measures 36 inches from tip to tip. He also plays the one-inch organ shown perched on “Big Bertha” in the photo below.