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If you love mechanical musical instruments, this is the place to visit. We should organize a piano forums group tour of this place!
Over the years, Jasper Sanfilippo amassed the largest collection of restored mechanical musical instruments in the world. To foster an appreciation for these whimsical antiques, private tours of at least 50 people are allowed to see the amazing collection. The Sanfilippo Foundation also offers up the unique property for events benefiting charities. Visitors can get a glimpse of 300 phonographs and music boxes, 30 Dance and Fair organs, 40 massive Orchestrions, an 8,000 pipe Wurlitzer theater organ& and the most complete example of a European salon carousel in the world!
I second the recommendation! The Sanfilippo collection is amazing, beautifully presented, and well worth the trip, especially if you can make it to one of their organ concerts featuring regional artist Jelani Eddington followed by a reception in the outbuilding housing the carousel and dozens of band and dance organs. This place is the polar opposite of The House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, which is similar in scale but dim, musty, run-down and generally disappointing.
Another way to get great access to the Sanfilippo collection is to join one of several collector organizations whose members specialize in mechanical musical instruments. We belong to both MBSI, the Musical Box Society International (www.mbsi.org), and AMICA, the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association (www.amica.org). The local chapter of MBSI has meetings at Sanfilippo once a year, often at Christmas.
I found it interesting, without first watching the video but going to the foundation's website, that the assumption seems to be that the collection is so famous that everyone knows about it and knows where it is located. Even Frank, when suggesting a Piano World tour, didn't tell me where the foundation's collection is located.
Only after scrolling through several pages did I find that the location is listed at the bottom right-hand corner of each page of the website.
I don't think the location is mentioned in any of the texts on the home page, the collections page, the donors page, etc., except as I have just indicated.
It seems rather curious. Given the international name of the foundation's collection, I thought that the location may have been in Europe, but obviously not. I guess some of us live under rocks and need to get out more!
BruceD - - - - - Estonia 190
Re: Place de la Musique/The Sanfilippo Collection !
#2452898 08/22/1507:55 AM08/22/1507:55 AM
This thread just found me! I grew up with a Denzel Carousel in my small town of Burlington, NC so the sound of the organ is part of my history. This place has to be visited now! I have never been to Chicago - and have to bump it up on the list of places to go. Thanks for this great thread and the video. I am amazed at the pipe organ and especially the beautifully preserved Carousel!