The story begins with a man, named Bass, playing multiple brass instruments, and tries to get a little girl to tip him a coin, but soon meets another musician, named Treble with orchestral instruments. They both instantly become rivals and fight over the girl's coin until she accidentally drops the coin, which falls into a drain. The girl gets upset and is then angered by the two musicians causing her to lose it, and demands the two one-man-bands for a replacement coin, but they reveal that they are poor and broke. She takes one of the violins from the orchestra one-man-band, re-tuned it, and played an unexpected tune. A rich man, pleased by her performance, gives her a big bag of coins, and the girl eagerly picks it up. Before leaving, she takes two coins for the one-man-bands and tosses them into the top of a fountain, where she was originally going to put her coin in for a wish. After the credits roll, the two musicians work together in an attempt at reaching the top, where the two coins remain.
- The music during the credits is Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.
- This is the first Pixar short film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, unlike the short films were produced in 1.85:1.
- This is the final original short by Pixar before it was bought by Disney in 2006.