In my travels over the last several months I came across an unusual instrument originally from Spain.
The owner told me that this instrument was shipped from Spain in the 1930’s when several of his family members moved from that location to North America.
During that time period Spain had protection on the removal of historical objects, so this instrument would have been taken out of Spain without proper documentation or permission.
This is a Spanish pianola, or barrel piano. Inside the instrument there is a large drum with tabs on the outside of the drum.
In the photo set below on the left side of the instrument are all of the controls to operate the pianola along with a list of ten different songs the instrument can play. The controls on the left side determine which songs will be heard.
When the crank on the left side of the front is turned the piano plays the desired song. I have seen several photos of the barrel piano but have not come across one in original condition such as this one.
Here is the photo album below.