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Poppy says: “it’s a beautiful piece of mechanical magic.  I remember seeing it as a child and falling in love with it.  I’ve remembered it ever since.”

A Polyphon is a mechanical, disc-playing music box.  They were invented in 1870 in Leipzig and exported around the world.


We are delighted that our Polyphon will soon be heading to Southampton for a full service.  Our existing discs will also be re-cut so the can be played and new discs bought.  Thank you to all the kind donors whose support made this possible.  The Polyphon will be returning to the Williamson at the end of 2019 – watch out for further news coming soon!