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    • A63H5/00Musical or noise- producing devices for additional toy effects other than acoustical


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No. 347,199. Patented Aug. 10, 1886.
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Beit known that I, Ro'nnn'r RTeiLinDsoN, of Detroit, in the county of \Vayne and State of Michigan, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Musical Tops, of which the following isaspccitication, reference beinghad to the annexed drawings, forming a part thereof, in which Figure 1 is asectional plan view taken on line a: a; in Fig. 2. Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse section taken on line 1 y in Fig. 1.
Similar letters ol reference indicate corresponding parts in the dill'erent figures of the drawings.
The object of my invention is to construct a top in which the rotary motion of the top will move perforated musiepaper across the apertures of one or more reed-organs similar to the ordinary moutlrorgans, the rotary motion of the top gathering sullicient air to operate the reeds of the organs,
My invention consists in a hollow top-body provided at dianietrically-opposite sides thereof with reed-plates contained within a curved paper-guide, and arranged to be operated by wind gathered by the rotation of the top, one or more perforated paper strips surrounding the organs wound upon a drum carried by the top, and arranged to be unwound from the drum by a sleeve on aspindle of the top,whose motion is retarded by fans while the paper is carried around the spindle by the rotation of the top.
The cylindrical casing A is provided at the bottom with a point, (4, upon which the top rotates, and at the top with a cover, 13, pro vided with a rim, 7), fitting into the body of the top, and having a notch, c, for reeeivinga pin, (1, projecting inwardly from the wall of the body, to cause the cover to register with the body.
In diametrieally-opposite sides of the body A are .formed apertures 0, over which are placed the curved paper-guides], which areinclosed by the chambers g. The ends of the chambers are open in the direction of the rotation of the body A of the top, and within the paper-guides f are placed the reed-plates '1', which are inclosed by the reed-board j. The
outer side of the reed-board j extends to the corner of the chamber 9, at the outside of the opening thereof, and between the outer wall of the chamberg and the reed-plate i there is an opening, Zr, in thepaper-guide f, which allows the wind entering the chamber 1/ to pass into the reed board j, thence through the reeds into the body of the top.
In the center of the cover I; is formed an aperture, Z, below which is supported a plate, m, by arms a, thus providing an escape for the air entering the top through the reeds.
In the center of the body A of the top is journaled a spindle, 0, upon which is placed a sleeve, D, and the sleeve D is journaled in the plate at, secured to the cover. Upon the sleeve D, outside of the cover 13, is placed a sleeve, E,carrying arms 0,to the ends of which, beyond the periphery of the body A, are socured wings p.
ithin the body of the top, and at one side of the spindle C, is journaled a spindle, (1, around which are wound the perforated inusio paper strips 1' 0". These strips pass in opposite direetions around the paper-guides f in the chambers g and return to the sleeve D, to which they are both secured by means of gum or otherwise.
I have preferably arranged the reed-plates j so that the two plates will representall of the notes of the organ, and each of the paperstrips r r carry one-half of the tune.
The top is spun by winding the cord upon the sleeves E D and spindle 0, beginning upon the sleeve E and unwinding the cord quickly in the usual way. XVhen the top is in motion, the forward ends of the chambers gather air, which is forced through the reed-plates whenever the openings of the perforated paper strips 1' r are opposite the openings of the reed-board j. The motion of the sleeve D being retarded by the wings p, the more rapid movement of the body of the top A causes the paper strips 1' r to be wound upon the sleeve 1) and unwound from the spindle g, and in their passage from the spindle q to the sleeve D around the paper guides f they act as valves to the openings of the reed-board and admit air to the reed required to produce the desired note. After the paper strips have been enti rely unwound from the spindle and wound upon the sleeve D they may be rewound upon the spindle (1 by means of an ordinary lcey inand replaced by another spindle carrying a different pair of paper strips, and the strips will be passed around the paper-guides f and secured to the sleeve D in the manner already described.
To retain the sleeve D in its place in the top while the paper is being rewound on the spindle q, an arm, .9, projects from the bottom of the body A between two flanges, t, formed on the lower end of the sleeve D. This arrangement admits ofturning the sleeve, while the arm 8 prevents the sleeve from getting out of place. Having thus described my invention,what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. In a musical top, the combination, with the body A, of chambers g, formed on opposite sides of the body, paper-guides f, reedplates 2', reed-board j, the perforated paper strips 1' 1", and means for moving the paper strips over the apertures of the reed-board, substantially as herein shown and described. 2. In a musical top, the combination of the body A,having the removable cover B, and provided with openings 6 in opposite sides thereof, the paper-guides f, chambers g, the reedplate 6, reed-board j, the spindle q, paper strips 1' r, the sleeve D, and the wings 1), substantially as herein shown and described. 40 3. In a musical top, the combination, with the body of the top, of one or more sets of reeds, one or more perforated strips arranged to admit the air to the reeds, a sleeve located axially in the body of the top, and wings con- 45 I neeted with the sleeve and arranged to retard the rotation of the sleeve while the paper is wound thereon by the forward movement of the top, substantially as herein specified.
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