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Musical Clock with Spinet and Organ

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The complex clock, made by Veit Langenbucher and Samuel Bidermann in 1623, consists of a sixteen-note pipe organ and a sixteen-string spinet that may be played independently of the organ. It is perhaps the most musically elaborate automatic instrument to survive from the early seventeenth century.

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A century later, this automaton was made for Marie Antoinette in 1772.