Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Authoratative web site on singing bird automata

schematic of a singing bird mechanism
Falk Keuten of the Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik blog informs me that www.alte-spieluhren.de -- run by from Detlef Knick of Berlin, Germany -- is the most comprehensive site on the web on topic of singing bird automata. The site is in German only, but has many wonderful photos and diagrams. Shown here is a schematic of a singing bird mechanism. If you can read German, I am envious!

Visit the Singvogel-Automaten page for more on singing bird automata.

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Anonymous Falk Keuten said...

Hi Dug, Detlef Knick took this bird song mechanism picture from a wonderful book about mech.music instruments, an introduction in their
technology and history, ( "Herbert J├╝ttemann:
Mechanische Musikinstrumente", 1987, Publisher
Erwin Bochinsky) Surely the best book about this topic, I dont know a better one worldwide. Its a reason for you to learn german !! Only available
from antiquarians, see amazon.

June 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger bnsmith said...

Google translate does a fairly good job on this web site.


June 11, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

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