hosted on condor3913
 Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

End-of-Summer Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit our home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

MMD > Archives > September 2014 > 2014.09.13 > 02Prev  Next

Player Piano at Thrift Store to Identify
By Jody Kravitz

One of my friends saw a "nice looking" player piano at the local Salvation
Army thrift shop (Santee CA) and insisted I go see "how nice it looked".
I'm not on the market for another piano but agreed that I would go have
a look.  Frankly, I'm puzzled by what I saw and would like to know what
it is.

This piano is a tall upright: 

The decal says Stroud: 

But inside the label by the tracker bar says Aeolian. Note there are two
rows of tracker bar holes: 

I took an additional view of tracker bar with two different paper tracking
systems visible: 

Here's a shot of the Aeolian patent placard: 

Here are shots of the tracking sensors on the right and left hand side
of the tracker bar: 

The manufacturer's name on the casting clearly says Aeolian: 

But stamped on the casting is "Serial Number 81737 Style 600 P Duo Art Pianola".
Isn't that a contradiction ? 

I took a few shots of the inside from the top.  This one shows the
wind motor: 

This is the left hand side mechanism.  Note labels on hoses.  Was this a
rebuild or was this piano modified ? 

Finally, the pedal area. Note debris behind right pedal: 

A close-up of the debris It's a caster from the piano! 

There were no rolls with the piano so I didn't attempt to pump it.  I
played some scales on the piano.  The action is not in great shape.  It's
not horribly out of tune, though, which surprised me.

As I said, I'm not interested in this piano for myself, but I am curious
what I can learn about it.

If this piano is of interest to anyone here, please contact me directly and
I'll give you the contact information for the thrift shop.  The piano is
labelled at $499, but the manager said he'd be happy to get $200 for it.


(Message sent Sun 14 Sep 2014, 02:07:08 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Identify, Piano, Player, Store, Thrift

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2023 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page