Street and Crank
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crank organ is an instrument which is traditionally played by
traveling musicians in the street to catch the attention of
robbers-neck and advertise a magic lantern show, a marmot or
bear dancing act (Savoy’s sweep) or to launch a satirical
cabaret singer and therefore to spread seditious texts.
The tune-list is made up of Opera tunes,
fashionable tunes and popular songs. Sometimes the lyrics are
changed and replaced with satirical tracts against Louis
Philippe, Napoleon III or nationalist diatribes against the
Kaiser William of Prussia. Early in the 20th century,
street artists appeared and spread the essential “pocket
Technically, crank organs are rather barrel
organs which can be carried on the chest thanks to a shoulder
strap and supported by a stand. The ornamental frontages charm
the passers-by, who marvel at the instrument while the crank
turner has a rest. However the sound is loud
and the music is in thus the villagers open their windows and
gather to listen to the melodies they like.
The monkey, the dog and the
other performing animals entertain people who easily get closer
to the musician and give him a little money.
The crank organs we
manufacture are all pipe instruments.
They are real acoustic and programmable instruments that play a
large tune-list to choose among various musical supports
available: card books, paper rolls, even electronic supports.
The choice of the musical support depends on the way you want to
use the organ and the budget you have, it will determine the
musical styles you will be able to play. Our tune-list is the
largest you can find.
The part of the organ which makes the sound is traditional and
acoustic with pipes of various shapes and tones: flutes, bourdon
stops, trumpets, violins… whereas the memory support of the
musical work is changing to become lighter and lighter, handy
and less expensive.
The set is done according to your taste; you can choose
woodcarving (pediments, columns, balusters) and automatas.
Please click on the pictures above, you will find all our
models. Each instrument has its own characteristics which are
described in forms and summarized in a
comparative table. They have all special vocations and