We are getting to the age where we would like to find good homes for
our mechanical music collections. None of our family is interested in
them and it would be a shame to have them go to the dump when we aren't
around any more. One of these collections is now ready to go -- our
Recordo rolls and piano.
We started collecting Recordo rolls in 1968 when we bought a Gulbransen
baby grand piano and discovered that it was a player. It had a Recordo
system, and almost no-one knew anything about it. That got our interest
and started us accumulating rolls and information about Recordo,
eventually resulting in Volume 2 of our 'Billings Rollography' and the
largest collection of Recordo coded rolls anywhere.
The collection is 1740 rolls, mostly QRS Recordo, but including the
other known Recordo coded makes. Among them are Automatic Electric
(the original Recordo rolls from the Cable company), Auto-Art, Aria
Divina, International, and others. Most are original and in original
boxes. The recuts, with few exceptions, were done by the Tonnesens,
who did quite accurate work. All the rolls are playable, though a few
have major repairs.
The piano is a 1925 Cable upright. It was fully restored over 20 years
ago by Gary Sage: piano, player and case. The case is still in beautiful
condition, with just a few minor blemishes. The piano hasn't been
played in over ten years, since we started scanning our rolls and
playing them through our Yamaha Disklavier. The pneumatic cloth has
gotten stiff and some of the keys are sticking. The piano action is
still in very good condition otherwise, and the tone is also very nice.
The pneumatics will need recovering.
We would like to sell the rolls and piano as a package. The rolls will
go as a collection -- no individual sales. Call us and we can discuss
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