Collection area: Information & Communication

Merged from various holdings, the collection area of information and communication today covers the collection groups of radio and television, audio and video, musical Instruments, typesetting and printing, photography and film, telecommunication, post, the office and data processing. Allotted to these groups are many object types that have been produced during the rapid growth of the consumer-goods industry since the 19th century. As a consequence, in putting together the collection we have to deal with an almost incalculable wealth of historical objects.

Filter: Musical Instruments / All Epochs / (8 Exhibits found)
Musical Instruments
  • FA-123545

    "Giraffe" grand piano

    A upright pianoforte - space-saving, elegant and fashionably "à la giraffe". 

  • FA-121722

    Hupfeld "Phonoliszt Violina"

    A violin that plays itself? You would hardly think it possible. But it exists: a piano and violins in one case, controlled by a perforated paper tape.

  • FA-109590


    The trautonium was developed by the German electrical engineer Friedrich Trautwein in 1930. After World War II, it was further developed by Oskar Sala to become the Mixtur-trautonium.

  • FA-123700

    Neo-Bechstein grand piano

    A "boardless" piano with radio and record-player: The Neo-Bechstein was a piece of multimedia furniture in the 1930s. 

  • FA-121723

    Organ of the Hofburgkapelle

    Two thousand years ago, organs were a circus instruments. Today, they are mainly found in churches. This also applies to this instrument from the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna, built by Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Buckow.

  • FA-108041


    "Vienna is a piano town," said the jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. This is still true in today’s concerts practice. Vienna was one of the most important metropolises for piano construction around 200 years ago.

  • FA-118228

    Steinway-Welte grand reproduction piano

    The keys of this pneumatically-controlled piano move as though played by ghostly hands. Its invention in 1904 was a sensation.

  • FA-108046

    Upright piano with Jankó fingerboard

    The "classic" fingerboard, as seen on pianos, has been used for hundreds of years. There have been continual attempts to improve and reform it.

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