Top 10 Hits Tour presented by Bell: Robb Wave Organ

Explore the Top 10 Hits of NMC’s collection online with musically trained tour guides presented by Bell.

Designed by Canadian inventor, designer and business executive Frank Morse Robb (1902 – 1992), the Robb Wave electromechanical organ was one of the first instruments to produce sound via electronic means—and the first electric organ to be manufactured and sold commercially. His invention received critical praise throughout the 1930s but the economic pressures of the Great Depression forced Robb to cease production in 1938. With only 16 units ever made – the instrument seen here is reported to be the only complete model in existence.

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