Friday, March 28, 2008

DIY Music Machine - Programmable Gloggomobil

Programmable Music MachineI published a post not long ago about an inexpensive Programmable DIY Mechanical Music Box that uses paper strips to program the song to be played.

Here is its upscale cousin -- the Gloggomobil, made by Naef, a swiss company.

The wooden barrel is spun by means of a hand-crank on the side. Small pegs are inserted into pre-drilled holes in the barrel to determine what note plays and when. The music plays on a small-scale metallophone or Glockenspiel (like a xylophone but with metal tuned bars rather than wood).

Where you see more than one peg on a line, the instrument will play a chord. It looks like it comes with pair of mallets for composing or non-automated playing.

The Gloggomobil will set you back over $1000 USD, but I am told it is of excellent craftsmanship and that they are made in limited quantities. This design cries out for a DIY version.

Once again, my thanks goes out to Falk Keuten who tells me he has had one of these amazing musical, mechanical gizmos for 30 years.

Check out a few more details on the Gloggomobil.

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Anonymous Dez said...

Pretty neat machine, but the price tag? Holy moly!

March 31, 2008 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

two notes missing for the full chromatic scale.... a bit of a shame for a 1000$ instrument ... but nice looking machine... what about the sound???

April 4, 2008 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! When I was in Z├╝rich, I played with one of those. It was truly lovely and had a beautiful sound.

Would have been one of my favourites as a little kiddo.
The swiss have a knack for tinkering around with watches and music boxes.


(not to mention chocolate)

April 6, 2008 4:05 AM  
Anonymous DansBlog said...

wow that's beautifully built! definitely more 'art' than 'musical toy'.

Would be cool if they manufactured a bunch of different peg barrels to make it interchangeable! People might be more inclined to spend $1000 on a music box if it plays more than one song =]

great post! have a nice day

April 6, 2008 7:34 PM  

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