here are interesting news from Toyota about partner robots:
There is one companion robot which seems to be playing the trumpet.
I do not if this is genuine playing or only make beleive.
For the history enthusiasts, have a look at this site about robots of
the XIX century (mostly British information):
But the first automatas, as they were called, were introduced by a
frenchman named Vaucanson who was at it more than a century earlier.
Then, the Swiss and Germans followed, here is a link:
If you like these automatas, every year, some nice ones are on display
in Thionville, France, 25 km south of Luxembourg in December during
the period starting with St-Nicolas (6-12) and until Christmas.