Celesta inventor Victor Mustel

Charles Victor Mustel learned the cabinetmaker’s trade and from 1838 worked independently in a small workshop in Sanvic near Le Havre.

In 1844 he moved to Paris and worked first with the organ builder Abbé Clergeau, later with organ register manufacturer Louis Julien Jaulin, and finally, for a longer period, as foreman in the reed organ factory of Alexandre Père et Fils.

In 1853 he opened his own workshop in Paris, dedicated at first to the manufacture of reed organs of the highest quality. In 1866, Mustel constructed the typophone, a tuning-fork piano. In 1886, he invented the celesta, which he patented in the same year.

Victor Mustel (1815-1890)

Victor Mustel (1815-1890)