I met an 82-year-old gentleman recently who rebuilds player pianos here
in Connecticut. He has had a very large shop and storage area, housing
several dozen unrestored upright players (both electric and foot
pumped) and four or five unrestored reproducing grands, including a
Knabe Ampico, an Apollo and rolls to go with it (I don't remember the
make of the piano), and various other instruments.
Recently, his landlord gave him notice that he's losing about two
thirds of his space. So he's interested in finding someone who might
be looking for a cache of unrestored player pianos. He also has quite
a few rolls (65-note, Apollo, Duo-art, and 88-note as well) which
he would most likely sell in one or several large lots.
He wanted me to specifically mention one of the pianos in his
possession: it is an upright Regina, serial number 490, a grand old
Victorian cabinet and some very tasteful painted decorations on the
plate. He believes it should be restored and put into a museum
Anyway, he's a very nice gentleman who has asked me to post this
information on his behalf. Any takers, or anyone who would like to
know more? Please contact me.
Thanks, David Fowler