Listen to Paul Eakins talk about the Wonderful Belgian Band Organ in a radio interview on WBBM Radio in Chicago

The stately  organ, aka The  Emperor,  was made in Belgium by Mortier before the turn of the century. This organ at that time it played from a pinned cylinder called a "cob." The cardboard books of music it now plays from are made of a special material from Sweden with flax in it to keep the perforations sharp and clear. Instruments played by this machine include 418 pipes, bass drum, cymbal, snare drum, double castanets and 22 xylophone bars. Its effect is similar to that of a 60 piece orchestra.

The following is a list of instruments as they are controlled by the "brain" or keyframe as shown on the original gamut book; madolinne, piston, xiliphon, trommel snare and cast, tremelo, gross caisse, klein fluit, groote fluit, harmonium, violincelle, saxifoon, trombon, voisc humaine fixe, voisc celeste, violon. Every piece of this organ was hand made-even the brass vox humnan pipes were swedged and flared by hand.

The ingenious tremelos will produce, with the vox humana, violin, diapason, and melphone, a marvelous sound not unlike the human singing voice.  This new Compact Disc collects the best songs and brings them to you remasted from the original master tapes. You won't believe how good these songs sound. You have never heard them like this before. They sound as if your standing right in front of the The Emperor himself.


Ta Ra Ra Boom Der  Aye

Let Me Call You Sweet Heart

 Red River Valley

Oh,  How I hate to Get Up in the Morning

Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

 Alexander's Ragtime Band

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

 Memphis Blues

  St. Louis Blues

 Sidewalks of New York

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

How Ya  Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm?

Beer Barrel Polka

 Plantation Melodies

Colonel Bogey


Old Broadway Medley (Singing in the Rain, etc...)

Swedish Rhapsody


Entry of the Gladiators

 Washington Post

 Anchors  Away

Yes,  We Have No Bananas

Semper Fidelis

Down Yonder


 I'm looking Over a 4 Leaf Clover

 San  Antonio Rose

 High School Cadets

 Lady of Spain




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