Machell of Glasgow introduced the Dulcitone in the early 1860s, and manufacture continued into the twentieth century.   There were three models - Type B with 3½ octaves, Type R with 4, and this one - Model F, with 5 octaves.  The sound is produced by a piano action striking a row of tuning-forks, so they can never go out of tune. The tone is sweet and gentle, and may remind those of us of a certain age of 'Listen with Mother'.  

They were made with oak cases, or mahogany like This one has a mahogany case - they also came in oak - and seems to be in pretty good condition.  All the notes work, but a few of the keys are a bit sticky - Cleaning and excercise can usually cure this. 

It is in Battle, East Sussex; the price is £250. 

Please contact Lauren Ensign        laurenensign@hotmail.co.uk


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