c. 1909 - 1923
Impeccably well maintained, this instrument has been in the
same family for the last ten years.
Rebuilt and refinished approximately 20-25 years ago, the
playability remains extremely enjoyable and the hammers are
in great shape.
The player mechanism is of the "pump" type and functions
well. The player system includes sometime labeled "ukulele"
which is a switch that can be thrown which (we surmise)
would trigger a "ukulele" effect when played witht he proper
rolls. We're still researching the background and will update
as we know more.
During the refinishing process the original ebony and ivory
keys were maintained and are in good shape as shown.
Here's the background on the piano as we've found it:
One of the strongest and most enterprising of the American
player- piano industries. The success of this factory had been
such that the factory floor space embraced more than
300,000 square feet with an annual capacity of 10,000 player
pianos. The Autopiano Company had for years exported its
popular product to sections of the world, and the Autopiano
was notable for its remarkable expression capabilities and
staunch durability. It resisted the climatic extremes of the
Arctic regions and the tropical zone equally well.
Being manufactured by player-piano specialists, in large
factories devoted exclusively to the manufacture of
player-pianos, and having an expert knowledge of the exact
requirements of the foreign trade, were all leading reasons
why the Autopiano Company proposition was unusually
attractive and appealing. The Autopiano line embraced a
comprehensive assortment of prices and styles, including
upright players, reproducing pianos and grand player-pianos.
This company manufactured the Autopiano, the Autopiano
Electric Expression, the Autopiano Grand, the Autopiano
Welte-Mignon (licensed), the Autopiano Welte-Mignon
(licensee) Grand, and the Pianist Player-piano.
It was said that there were twice as many Autopiano's in use
as any other player piano. The Autopiano was a thoroughly
high grade piano, containing a player mechanism of
marvelous attainments in which a great number of patented
devices that make possible interpretation of the highest
order on the Autopiano. The Autopiano received the highest
awards at the following expositions: Grand Highest Award,
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition, 1909; Grand Prix,
Rotterdam, Holland, International Musical Exhibition, 1909;
Gold Medal, Manchester, England, Industrial Exhibition,
1910; Gold Medal. Manchester Coronation Exhibition, 1911;
Highest Award, Appalachian Exposition, Knoxville, Tenn.,
1911; Gold Medal, Second Insular Fair, Porto Rico, 1911;
Festival of Empire, London, England, 1911; Grand Prix,
International Exposition, Petrograd, Russia, 1911; Grand
Premix, International Exposition, Turn Italy, 1911; Gold
Medal, International Exhibition, Leeds, England, ibis; Grand
Prix and Diploma of Honor, Anglo-American Exhibition at
London, England, in 1914; and the Gold Medal and Diploma
of Honor, International Exposition at Lyons, France 1914. The
State Commissioners of more than twenty States officially
selected the Ethiopian for they're, respective State Buildings
at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San
Francisco, Ca. , 1915. The New Mexico and Washington
State Buildings of the Panama-California Exposition, San
Diego, Cal. 1915, also officially selected the Autopiano. In
addition to this practically universal selection at these last two
named exposition. , The Autopiano received at the San
Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition the
following awards: (1) The medal of Honor; (2) Gold Medal;
(S) Silver Medal.
The Autopiano was also an official purveyor to the royal
families of Japan and is in the palaces of Prince Shidlnadya
and Prince ITO; they also enjoy this distinction in Korea
where Prince Ye of the reigning dynasty had an Autopiano in
his palace. Puccini used an Autopiano, and Victor Herbert
the composer expressed his appreciation of this instrument.
Vessels in the United States and foreign navies purchased
and used these instruments. The manner in which they stand
up under all sorts of climatic conditions and hard usage
incidents to life on the shipboard is strong evidence of their
Abbe Lorenzo Perosi, once the leader of the famous Sistine
Choir of Rome. And director of all music used in the Catholic
Church, honored The Autopiano Co. with a testimonial as to
the artistic quality of this remarkable instrument. Autopiano
was appointed as the official piano to the Holy See by His
Holiness, Pius XI. , That appointment made the third
consecutive Pontifical benediction, meant that the Autopiano
was predominant at the Vatican. The Autopiano received
further endorsements from Her Majesty, Elizabeth, Queen of
the Belgians; Cardinal Mercer of Belgium, and the new
American Cardinal Dougherty. The Autopiano enjoyed
wonderful popularity in the United States Army. Seven auto
pianos were shipped to be used at the Fortress Monroe.
Nearly one hundred were in use in various army posts
throughout the country before the war. During the war more
than 200 were shipped to various cantonments throughout
the United States bringing the total of the auto pianos in use
in the United States Army to nearly 300. The most amazing
thing was that these instruments were purchased by all of the
aforementioned people and places.
|Autopiano 54" Upright • Roll Player