[ Ref. letters in MMD 17-22 June 1998 ]
Dear Sr. Rhodes, in the last time we are not using the Heilbrunn Piano
Player. I don't know if you remember me, I am Alejandro Pique from
Argentina. My father wants to someone use the pianola, and he don't
like to see it without using.
My father is a Surgery doctor and in the last time he haven't got time
to play. If he plays music he use the piano, guitar or one of our
beautiful banjos. But not the pianola.
If you think that is possible to sell it in USA please answer me. Here
in Argentina people don't like to buy an old pianola. Here are the
specifications of it again.
It is a "Heilbrunn". There's a very similar player piano in Bowers
Encyclopedia (p. 426, Heilbrunn). The serial number of the pianola is:
17149. On the front above the keyboard there is a plate that says:
PATENTIERT IN ALLEN KULTURSTAATEN
We don't know how much it could cost our piano player, but we will
be very happy if anyone gives a good use.
Atte Alejandro Pique
[ Alejandro wrote that the music roll is 30 cm wide, and that the
[ tracker bar has exactly 80 holes, spaced at approximately 7 holes
[ in 2 cm. His father's piano resembles the illustrations in the
[ lower left corner of page 426 in the Encyclopedia, but with the
[ spool box above the keys; it's probably an early 88-note model
[ and plays 9/inch rolls. Beautiful case. I hope we will have
[ photographs to display soon at the MMD web site. -- Robbie