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Upright player piano made by Estey Piano Co

Made
  • 1901
Estey were mainly known as a major manufacturer of American Reed Organs. This rare example is of an upright piano which has been restored by Mastertouch to include a player piano mechanism. This piano is also an example of another significant part of the Mastertouch business during the 1980s - the restoration of player pianos. This instrument was the last one restored by Mastertouch and features the signatures of all those who worked on this instrument.

The Mastertouch Piano Roll Company was …

Summary

Object No.

2006/151/18

Object Statement

Upright player piano, wood / metal, made by Estey Piano Co, New York, United States of America, 1901, restored by Mastertouch with Pianocorder mechanism, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970s

Physical Description

Upright player piano, wood / metal, made by Estey Piano Co, New York, United States of America, 1901, restored by Mastertouch with Pianocorder mechanism, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970s

Upright piano converted to a player piano using the Pianocorder system. Seven octaves from ? in bass to C in treble. Series of felt tabs with metal eyelets on rail opposite hammers to give mandolin effect. Decorative case with twin columned legs under keyboard. Upper front panel has decorative beaded pattern with brass electric light fitted to upper portion. Brass mount for candle sconces mounted either side.Three brass pedals. Pianocorder tape player mounted in pivoting bracket underneath the treble end of the keyboard. Front of bracket finished in timber panel to match casework. Maker's name cast into frame. Lid opens at top with small wooden plaque fixed to under side with signatures of Mastertouch workers who worked on this piano. Maker's name and Mastertouch details centred above keyboard.

Marks

Serial number stamped on frame '29450'.
Piano manufacturer cast into frame 'ESTEY PIANO CO. / NEW YORK',
Piano manufacturer and Mastertouch details printed on fall above keyboard, 'ESTEY / THE Mastertouch Piano Roll / COMPANY'

Dimensions

Height

1440 mm

Width

1680 mm

Depth

710 mm

Production

Made

  • 1901

History

Notes

Part of the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company's collection of keyboard instruments.

Source

Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mr Barclay Wright, 2006
Acquired with the assistance of the NSW Heritage Office

Acquisition Date

20 November 2006

Cite this Object

Harvard

Upright player piano made by Estey Piano Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 June 2021, <https://ma.as/359738>

Wikipedia

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