Debain Upright Player Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright player piano was made by Alexandre Debain in Paris, France around 1851. It was a very early form of a player piano, which used small wooden planks, called planchettes to operate the automatic mechanism. The piano has a compass of CC-c5, Wornum tape-check action with dampers behind strings, felt hammers, 1, 2, and 3 strings per note, 2 pedals: keyboard shift and dampers, wood frame, and a rosewood case.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Debain, Alexandre
Physical Description
rosewood (case: material)
wood (frame material)
felt (hammers: material)
Place Made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Ann A. Jeffcott

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