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Innovations

You will find here a selection of some Albert Bergerault’s most incredible inventions and also some exceptional instruments totally in the Bergerault’s innovation spirit !

Set of instruments for one instrumentalist 30's

The ensembles used to be played by Albert Bergerault during all the villages festivals, weddings parties, among others… He had several models and on the front of each, was written the dance it was playing for. Here “The one step” with an automatic bass drum with pedal metallophone and glockenspiel. Rose and grey “Nacrolaque” with strass inserts.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Automatic drum, circa 1930

This kind of automatic drums were conceived for accordionist-singers as it was only directed with pedals. They were composed by snare drum’s roll, a bass drum, a woodblock and a Charleston.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Chromatic xylophone, 3 octaves, circa 1930

With a black “Nacrolaque” coating with stress inserts.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Trapezoidal xylophone, 3 octaves, circa 1930

 With a black “Nacrolaque” coating with stress inserts.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Marimba, 4 octaves, circa 1940

With a marbled grey “Nacrolaque” coating.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Handmade xylophone during WWII, circa 1940

This xylophone was handcrafted by Albert Bergerault while he was a war prisoner, in Silesia, Poland. He succeeded to build it with wood from the camp, laces and blankets.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Automatic drum with pedals, circa 1950

Composed of 1 bass drum, 3 toms, 1 snare drum, 1 Charleston, 1 double cymbal and a pair of maracas. With a white marbled coating.
From Bergerault’s private collection

Vibraphone, 3 octaves, circa 1950

With celluloid and marbled coating.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Vibraphone, Model 820 with an accordion style keyboard, circa 1960

The keyboard matches with the right accordion’s keyboard. With pearly marbled yellow nacre coating.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Michel Hausser’s vibraphone, circa 1960

This vibraphone was designed especially for Michel Hausser, the first French vibraphonist.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Musical xylochair, circa 1970

This xylophone with a chair shape was especially design for Gaston, a famous TV host, for one of his show. The chair can be played with mallets, exactly like a xylophone.

Vibra-marimba with switching keyboards, circa 1970

This instrument is unique because with one frame, two keyboards can be used as they can be switched. With varnished wood.
From Bergerault’s private collection.

Handmade Sixxens for the Xenakis’ Pléïades, circa 1980

Pléïades (1979) is a masterpiece composed by Xenakis for 6 percusionists and divided in 6 movements. Three of them explore one kind of percussions (skins, keyboards and metal) and the fourth mixes several tones. As for every of his compositions, Xenakis works on a rhythmic and mathematical organization: chaos is organized following probability methods and treat the sound in its absolute abstraction.

EPV Label :

Bergerault S.A. has been recognized by the French government “Company of Living Heritage”

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