Arburo was named after its inventor, ARturO BURsens Company. This dance hall organ has the name “Hoboken” on it. Please don’t let that fool you. It’s not Hoboken, New Jersey, but Hoboken, Belgium, a suburb of the Belgian city Antwerp. Belgium became a hub of dance hall manufacturing. Dance hall organs were designed to replace the live bands at venues where people would go to dance. Their advantages were obvious: they did not require breaks, nor did they demand payment beyond the purchase price for the machine.
The Arburo has a Scandalli Accordion dominating it. Silvio Scandalli and his brothers made their instruments in the Italian town of Camerano in 1900. By 1941, they staffed 700 people in their factory. Scandalli remains in business today.