Debain Upright Player Piano


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.

Date Made: 1851

Maker: Debain, Alexandre

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Paris

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Credit Line: Bequest of Ann A. Jeffcott

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.236911Catalog Number: 236911Accession Number: 44953

Object Name: piano

Physical Description: rosewood (case material)wood (frame material)felt (hammers material)Measurements: overall: 53 1/4 in x 53 1/2 in x 23 1/2 in; 135.255 cm x 135.89 cm x 59.69 cm


Record Id: nmah_605856

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