Mechanical Music Through the Ages

A collection of Mechanical Music and Arcade Machines – highlighting examples of the development in mechanical entertainment over time.

Triola – Mechanical Zither 1924 – (Germany)

The Triola, or mechanical zither was popular in the late teens to 1920’s. Using a 25 note paper roll to activate keys, it is played by turning a crank at the lower right of the instrument. Only the treble notes are played automatically by the roll, the bass notes are played by hand by following the numbers printed on the rolls and strumming the appropriate group of bass strings marked on the zither.