A small but interesting collection of musical instruments includes
examples from the most refined to the most earthy musical tastes. From
the 18th century a fine Bressan Alto recorder would presumably never
have accompanied a fiddle made from a horse's skull dating from the same
century; those who have heard it will confirm that it sounds no better than
it looks! In the 19th century, popular music was becoming available in
pubs and alehouses with mechanical music makers such as the Polyphon
made in 1898. Life before the jukebox was also well-served by a local man,
Canon Wintle, Rector of Lawshall, who made splendid barrel organs and street
pianos from 1923 until 1957.
The Recorder Home Page includes a page
devoted to original instruments, drawings,plans, photos, etc.