barrel piano

noun

Definition of barrel piano

: a mechanical piano that is operated by turning a hand crank which rotates a barrel-and-pin mechanism causing hammers to hit the piano strings
  • A British patent was issued for a crude barrel piano, activated by pins on a large cylinder, in 1829.
  • —Edward TennerOur Own Devices2009
called also hurdy-gurdy, piano-organ, street piano

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First Known Use of barrel piano

1859


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