Debain Upright Player Piano

Debain Upright Player Piano

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1851
maker
Debain, Alexandre
Place Made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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
ID Number
MI.236911
catalog number
236911
accession number
44953
Credit Line
Bequest of Ann A. Jeffcott
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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