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Bayernhof Music Museum

15215 Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America (USA) (Pennsylvania)

Address 225 St. Charles Place
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Heritage- or City Museum
  • Typewriter, calculating and coding
  • Mechanical Music Instruments
  • Clocks and Watches
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Gramophone (no electrical sound transmission)

Opening times
open for pre-arranged guided tours only and are offered at 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM.
Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Tours are $ 10 each person

Tel.:+1-412-782 4231  eMail:info  


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Location / Directions
N40.498481° W79.915790°N40°29.90886' W79°54.94740'N40°29'54.5316" W79°54'56.8440"

Located six miles (10 km) northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in the suburb of O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania, it is housed in German-style mansion sited on an 18-acre (73,000 m2), dramatic overlook some 540 feet (160 m) above the Allegheny River Valley.

Directions to Bayernhof
1. Go to Main Street in Sharpsburg
2. Turn onto 15th Steet (15th street only goes north off to Main Street)
3. Go through second stop sign to "T" and bear right.
4. Go to first stop sign (three way stop) and bear right on Kittanning Pike.
5. Go approximately .3 of a mile and turn right onto Harding Road. Harding Road is a very steep hill.
6. Go through the first stop sign for approximately .1 of a mile, and turn right onto St. Charles Place.
7. Go to cul-de-sac at the end of St. Charles Place and turn left through first set of stone pillars.
8. If gate is closed push the # button on the gate pad to call the house and the gate will be opened.
9. Please arrive at exact appointment time.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

USA: Atwater Kent Mfg. Co 3812 TA det. & 2 stage amp. (1922)
USA: Consolidated Radio Arborphone (1923)
USA: Hallicrafters, The; Super Skyrider SX-28 (1940-45)
USA: Drake, R.L. SW-4A (1968)
USA: Radio Shack Tandy, Micronta Range Doubler 22-204C (1970??)

Description From their website:

"Many interesting machines make up the large collection of automatic musical instruments at Bayernhof . They range in size from a small roll-played toy saxophone, to the huge Seeburg Pipe Organ orchestra. Some of the rarer machines are the Wurlitzer "Style A" Automatic Harp and the Encore Automatic Banjo, as well as a beautiful 20 3/4" Regina upright music box with painted landscape scenes around the outside. As machines are added to the collection, they are restored to original condition.

5'8" Knabe Ampico grand "William and Mary" case We have three reproducing pianos: a rare, top loading, "baby" Ampico upright, a fully restored 1926 Knabe Ampico grand in a "William and Mary " style walnut case, and a 1920 5'10" Steinway Duo-Art.

One frequently aked question is "what is a reproducing piano?" The reproducing piano "reproduces" very closely the playing of the artist who recorded the roll. It does this by varying the vacuum levels in identical expression controls, one in the bass tonal area and one in the treble. The more vacuum, the louder the piano plays. The holes in the edges of the roll made for that player system cause the piano to play crash chords that can rattle window panes or to play the softest of trills. This very closely approximates how great artists such as Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and other classical and popular musicians played when they recorded the rolls years ago.

Wurlitzer 125 Military Band Organ The Wurlitzer Military Band Organ Style 125 was used mainly in amusement parks for carousels or for skating rinks. The band organ is one of the few machines made for commercial use that is still being used for its original intended purpose. Band organs are voiced very loudly for outdoor use so as to attract patrons over the noise of carousel machinery and the shouts of delighted children. It's 101 pipes are a bit overpowering when played indoors, even in a room as large as it's home in Bayernhof.

Some people call these "calliopes" but there is a difference between a calliope and a band organ. The calliope, steam or air operated, has loud, single toned whistles of only one voice, that of a flute. The band organ has organ pipes of many voices. This organ has pipes producing the voices of trumpets, violins, flutes, flageolets and picollos. In addition, it has percussion in the form of a bass drum, snare drum and top mounted cymbal. It is quite substantial, weighing almost 800 pounds. Wurlitzer built band organs in several sizes, with the larger ones having trombone and saxophone pipes, bells, castanets, and crash cymbals, in addition to a larger number of organ pipes.

Reginaphone Music Box. Combination phonograph and music box. Our collection includes disc music boxes manufactured by both foreign and domestic companies, such as Kalliope, Symphonia, Mira, Stella, Regina and others.

We have several examples of music boxes played by pinned cylinders. Most cylinder boxes are pinned for 5 to 8 songs. A selector lever inside the case allows the cylinder to shift horizontally by a fraction of an inch to bring the pins of a new song in line with it's musical comb. One box in our collection even has a number of interchangeable cylinders allowing for a small library of songs for that particular box. Another, called an orchestra box, has drums, a wood block and an organ." presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.