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Advertised as the “Matchless Orchestrion,” the model KT Special was the ultimate
in cabinet coin pianos offered by Seeburg. Introduced in 1923, it quickly became
one of Seeburg’s best sellers. One of the first instruments offered in their “ultra-
Being a favorite of collectors, demand for the KT Special was high enough to warrant a run of reproduction instruments to be made in the late 1970's by Bill Edgerton’s Mechanical Music Center. 60 replica instruments were made between 1978 and 1980. This model being number 45 of the series.
Instrumentation includes; piano with mandolin attachment, xylophone, bass drum with
tympani beaters, cymbal, snare drum, triangle, castanets, tambourine,and wood block.
Operates from standard “G” and “4X’” music rolls. Purchase includes 3 ten-
The replica models have an hour meter to monitor use. This one has about 70 hours
of play. It has been maintained in good playing condition and was last tuned in October
of 2023. The drum heads have been replaced with calfskin heads and the modern drum
tensioners have been replaced with antiques for a more authentic appearance. The
reiterating xylophone has been made to play single stroke by the removal of the reiterating
levers, which are kept with the instrument to be re-