This mechanical instrument is an entire band set within an Art Deco cabinet.

In 1928 Arthur Brusen took over the organ business from his father, Joseph. He took on a partner, Gustav Roels. They renamed the business Arburo, an acronym made from letters from the two owners names Arthur Bursens and Gustav Roels or ARBURO.

No two Arburos are alike and each was made to order, one at a time, entirely by hand. They use paper music rolls and utilize actual musical instruments to make the music.

A motor provides air pressure to operate the pipes and vacuum which reads the paper music rolls and controls the percussion. The Arburo Company began using paper rolls instead of the cardboard books of earlier models.
Arburo orchestration Dance Organs were built from 1930 through the 1960’s.
The paper rolls used less space and could accommodate more instruments and mechanisms and allowed the Orchestration to play more tunes without interruption.
Click here to see and hear the Arburo play.
The incredible music is made with actual instruments, a visible accordion, 168 pipe organ, base drum, snare drum, wood block, temple blocks, cymbal and shaker.