General information
What role did Feurich and Popper play?

As it is so often the case with big developments, it was several brilliant persons who made Welte-Mignon to this world success. Bockisch-Welten-Popper-Feurich (photo from the magazine for instrument making No

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Details about piano rolls
How were artist rolls recorded?

After the wars, unfortunately, no recording wings have survived -and for reasons of secrecy, no construction or patent documents have been published, so that it is still not quite

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Details about the technology
How is the Philipps DUCA Scale structured?

Phillips AG in Frankfurt introduced the DUCA reproduction system to the market in 1908. How important the unique selling propositions in the scope of performance compared to the main competitor were even then

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General information
How does a Pianola work?

The basic principle of all pianolas is the same. Strongly simplified: Via pedals or an electrically operated suction air blower a negative pressure is generated in the closed self-playing mechanism. Via a playback and a

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General information
What types of Pianola are there?

"Pianola" as a collective term for self-playing upright and grand pianos hardly suggests the great variety of these instruments. This variety is due to the successive development of the technical

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Selling a piano
What is my piano worth?

The beautiful quote by Franz Liszt, "My piano is to me what the sailor is to his frigate, the Arab his horse, more than that, my language, my life!

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General information
How is a Pianola constructed?

In order to familiarise yourself a little with the structure of the instrument, a brief description of the essential elements is given here. A more detailed description of the individual elements

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Maintaining a Pianola
How is a Pianola tuned?

Since it is the piano and not the pianola that is tuned, all instructions are given in the section 'How and how often does my piano need to be tuned?

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Find the right Pianola
How do I find my Pianola?

As in all special fields, the challenge is to find suitable offers at all. There are only a few pianolas to be found on the private market. The purchase

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Accessories for a piano
A key for my piano?

Not every piano was delivered then - just like today - with a lock and a key. Why should a piano be locked? In fact, locked pianos are

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Accessories for a piano
Piano stool or piano bench for me?

The most important thing for long-lasting enjoyment of playing is, besides the good piano itself, a comfortable and functional seat. Piano teachers and physiotherapists can give valuable tips here. Many famous

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Condition of a Pianola
Moths in a piano?

Moths are the critical pest for piano felts. Here too, unplayed pianos are more at risk. Often moths with old carpets or pieces of clothing

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Condition of a Pianola
Woodworm in the piano?

The woodworm, or more precisely the common nail beetle and its larvae love the soft woods in pianos. On old pianos, traces of woodworm infestation are often

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Condition of a Pianola
How is the piano action preserved?

The keyboard and the action are of great importance as the link between the piano player and the acoustic system. Old brand machine heads (Schwander, Renner, Keller, Langer, Flemming, etc.)

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the cast frame?

Cracks in the cast frame are rare, and are usually due to a. material defects, b. transport damage or c. tuning errors. Depending on where the crack is located, this can

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the soundboard?

The approx. 20t of string tension of a piano weigh over the tuning pegs, especially on the wooden soundpost. Except for a metal innovation by Crasselt&Rähse at that time, all pianos

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the bridges?

The bridges in the piano are glued to the soundboard and connect the strings to the soundboard. These bridges have to withstand high loads and are

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the pin block?

The large sounding wooden surface in the piano under the strings is most prone to cracking. Soundboards are made of glued spruce boards and shrink when humidity is too low under

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Condition of a Pianola
Condition of the piano?

Even though almost every piano can still produce sound regardless of its condition, the widespread statement in advertisements that '...just need to be tuned...' is usually true

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Find the right Pianola
Used or new Pianola?

This is rather the question between vintage and modern, since mechanical pianolas are no longer produced in series today. If you are looking for the old original, the magic

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