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Mechanical Trumpeter

Friedrich Kaufmann, Dresden1810

Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

Kaufmann’s trumpeter automaton possesses two pegged-cylinder systems, one of which controls the melody the other the rhythm. Power is provided by winding up a spring, while the notes are generated by twelve metal reeds and two bellows. The trumpet serves as an acoustic horn to convert the sound of the reeds to a fairly natural-sounding trumpet tone.

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  • Title: Mechanical Trumpeter
  • Creator: Friedrich Kaufmann, Dresden
  • Date: 1810
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