Magnificent Welte Orchestrion music machines at Zaharakos

We recently enjoyed some fabulous ice cream sundaes at the opulent and historic Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, Indiana. In addition to the antique soda fountains and cabinets filled with vintage flavor jars, there are several beautiful Welte Orchestrion automatic music machines displayed.

Welte Orchestrion, left. This was during our April 2021 visit.

Welte machines have a long and detailed history. Note that the term Orchestrion was coined by Welte in the 1850’s. Some refer to these types of automatic music machines as orchestrations.

Fully functional, coin operated

Play list

Large and fancy, see the clock on top?

We have been to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum twice now. Here are the links to our posts about each visit. The April 2021 post has photos of lots of the vintage things in the shop. Our visit a couple of days ago will make you want to visit and have a hot fudge sundae.

 

14 thoughts on “Magnificent Welte Orchestrion music machines at Zaharakos

  1. Those are fascinating machines. They were expensive to play, also. If that 25¢ was in 1914, for example, it would be equivalent to $6.62 today.

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  2. There used to be a band-organ Pizza parlor near us. They went out of business in the late 1990s. It was always fun to eat there and hear the music play – it looked a lot like the Orchestrion!

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