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Dimensions of American Coin Pianos & Orchestrions
By Art Reblitz

Instrument Dimensions Needed for new Reblitz-Bowers book on
  American Coin-Operated Pianos and Orchestrions

Our massive new book on coin-operated pianos and orchestrions made or
sold in America is nearing completion.  Together with a description of
every style of instrument made by each company, we're including its
dimensions.  Many are already known, but quite a few are still needed.

If you own an original instrument (or original literature that lists
the dimensions for instruments in the following list), we'll appreciate
your sending the height, width, and depth (in that order) by October 15
to Art Reblitz at orchestrion@comcast.net.geentroep (as usual, delete
".geentroep" from the address).

Measure the height from the floor to the top of the lid; width at the
widest point (often the width of the lid, unless something else sticks
out to the side); and the full depth from the back of one piano side
forward to the front-most part, usually the front of the keybed or the
toe that holds the front caster.

We only need dimensions of original instruments that were made from the
1890s through about 1930.  We don't need dimensions of hand-played pianos
or home player pianos that have been converted into coin-operated
instruments in modern times (since the 1930s).  If an instrument isn't
in the following list, we already have the dimensions.

Thanks,

Art Reblitz
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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 A-roll pianos with few examples known to exist:
  Ariston, Armstrong, Baldwin, Burwick, Carleton, Cote', Decker Bros.,
  Eberhardt, Electratone, Electrola, Evans, H.C., Haines, Heller,
  Howard, Jewett; Johnson, Wm. A.; Kibbey, King, Kreiter, Lehr, Netzow,
  Presburg, Price & Teeple, Reginapiano, Reichhardt, Schaeffer, Schulz,
  Seybold, Starr, Steinert, Waltham, Watson, Winter.

American Fotoplayer Co.:  Fotopiano Style 1050; Fotolyre;
  Fotoplayer Style 41.

American Piano Player (Louisville, KY)

Autoelectra (include the style)

Automatic Music Co. (Dallas, TX)

Automatic Musical Co. (Binghamton NY): Self-playing xylophone

Berry-Wood: Euterpe, Auto-Electric 88-note Player Piano;
  Styles C, L, C-B; F, 15, A.O.L., A.O.L.R., A.O.S., A.O.S.R.

Chicago Electric (all styles)

Coinola: Styles B, K, Cabinet Player (attaches to piano);
  Cabinet orchestrion (attaches to piano);

Connorized BanjOrchestra

Cremona: Styles 3, 4, 20, 30; all styles of Theatre Orchestra (describe)

Electrova: all keyboard styles

Empress Electric: all styles

Link: Style O (unknown style); MP, MP Jr.

Lyon & Healy: see Empress Electric

Marquette: See Cremona

Mills: Automatic Virtuosa (very early; violin only); Pianova Virtuosa;
  DeLuxe with keyboards; Piano Orchestra (piano & drums, no violin),
  Viol-Xylophone, Viol-Cello, String Quartette

National Player Piano Co. (endless roll piano made in Oregon IL)

Nelson-Wiggen Dance-O-Grand (early keyboardless orchestrion with reed
  organ; no piano), Harp-O-Grand (early keyboardless piano with solid
  wood front), Pian-O-Grand No. 1, Pian-O-Grand No. 3 (w/ xylophone);
  Selector Duplex Organ, Gray Profit-Sharing Piano, Radio Piano

Niagara: all styles

Nicklin (mechanism in Hunter or other brand of upright piano)

North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works: Coin piano with pumping pedals;
  A-roll piano (keyboard style); A-roll piano (keyboardless style),
  Electrotone Duplex-roll piano, Ideal Theatre Orchestra (all styles)

Operators (See Coinola, Reproduco, and Victor)

Peerless: Piano Player (early); Push-up Piano Player (early),
  Styles D, DM, DX, DF, RR, Trio. Cabaret Style A, B; Photo-Orchestra.
  Seybold Orchestral Piano. Engelhardt Piano Co. keyboardless A-roll
  piano, Orchestrion Styles B, C, D; National Electric Colonial Elite
  Style H Theatre Orchestrion, keyboardless orchestrion.

Pianophone Co.: Banjophone, Banjophone Orchestrion

Pianotist Coin Player Attachment

Regal: all styles

Reproduco: Regular model piano/organ: depth including pipe chest and
  pipes on the back; also need dimensions of box containing blower
  and vacuum pump; Super Junior, Super Reproduco; Unified Reproduco
  (describe), Divided Electric Organ, Full Theatre Organ, Midget
  Auto Organ

Rhapsodist: see Symphony

Seeburg: Styles A (very early), D. Photoplayer Style Q. Style MO
  Mortuary Organ (incl. bass pipes & chest on back; box for blower
  & vacuum pump). Style RO or HO (organ only, with 1 or 2 manuals)
  Coin-operated Reproducing Pipe Organ (keyboardless, flat front with
  grillwork), Style TR Twin Roll Reproducing Pipe Organ.

Smith & Barnes (Smith, Barnes & Strohber): See Chicago Electric

Standard Piano Player Co. coin piano (Kansas City MO, Oregon IL;
  endless roll behind soundboard)

Symphony Player Co.: all styles

Victor Coin

Welte: Brisgovia Style A1 Orchestrion, Divina, Friburgia, Theatre Piano;
  Philharmonic Organ No. 1, 3, and 4.

Weser Nickel Player

Western Electric: Mascot Style C; Style O (comparable to Seeburg KT
  Special, with full size bass drum)

Wurlitzer: North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory 44-note piano (pinned
  cylinder), Westminster Chimes, Automatic Xylophone, Automatic
  Orchestra Bells.  Concert PianOrchestra Styles 32-C, 57, 65.
  Paganini Solo Violin Piano Style 4.  Photoplayer Styles YN, V, Z.


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