Baldwin Parlor Grand Piano – Model R – Handmade In America – Just $9500

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Historically, there are about a half dozen America piano manufacturers that built Steinway caliber instruments; Baldwin, Mason and Hamlin, Knabe, Chickering, Sohmer, and to a slightly lesser degree, and for reasons I will not get into at this time, Charles Walter and Everett. From nuts and bolts and overall fit and finish perspective, not to …

The Player Piano Then and Now

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Self-playing pianos are essentially a simple, analog robot that’s programmed with a paper roll that had perforations to activate the specific keys. They’d start and stop, even use the foo pedals that work the machine’s bellows. The machine’s speed, music’s tempo, and choice of music were all controllable. About half of the homes in America …