1959 Hardman Peck &
Company Player Piano
Greg's Antique Piano Collection
This piano was a 'garage sale' find!
This piano was made by the Aeolian company in Memphis, Tenn around 1959. The player piano
started to make a comeback in the late 50's and early 60's. This piano was an attempt to
capture some of that market. The piano uses very much the same player and pump as did the
player pianos from the 1920's. But, since people did not want a big upright piano, or
could not afford the cost of a grand piano, this piano is a studio size.
It is finished in a 'blonde' color (more yellow really!) and while I'm
sure it was all the rage in 1960, it is not really pleasant to look at now. So, this piano
will be refinished in a more 'modern' finish, and the player will be reconditioned as
Here are some pictures showing the already started refinish work.
A picture of the inside, showing the 'rinky-tinks'.
These are the black strips hanging in front of the wires. These are struck by the hammers
and in turn, these hit the wires, giving it a 'honky-tonk' sound. This feature can be
turned off by a lever which raises them out of the way of the hammers, returning the sound
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