Rebuilding the Player Piano, by Larry Givens, Vestal Press, 1963.
Very good for beginners as well as professionals.
Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, by Q. David Bowers,
Vestal Press, 1972, ISBN 0-911572-08-2. Excellent Reference/w hundreds of photographs. Price: $89.95
Piano Servicing, Tuning, and Rebuilding Second Edition,
Arthur A. Reblitz,
Player Piano Servicing and Rebuilding, by
Art Reblitz. Price $38.50.
The Golden Age of Automatic Musical Instruments, by Art Reblitz is available by
mail order only from the publisher, Mechanical Music Press. This major
work includes the history of automatic instruments, technical information,
collecting stories, tracker scales and key frame layouts in 158,000 words
and hundreds of beautiful color pictures. For more information, go to:
www.mechanicalmusicpress.com. This major work includes:
-- 250 color photos of restored instruments, inside and out
-- a substantial text packed full of historical and technical information
-- descriptions of instruments from a musical point of view, explaining what makes each one unique and interesting
-- an illustrated tour of famous public collections from 1927 to the present
-- valuable tips for new collectors
Publisher: Mechanical Music Press
Pub. Date: Oct 2001
-- 250 color photos of restored instruments, inside and out -- a substantial text packed full of historical and technical information -- descriptions of instruments from a musical point of view, explaining what makes each one unique and interesting -- an illustrated tour of famous public collections from 1927 to the present -- valuable tips for new collectors
Hardcover, 436pp., ISBN: 0-9705951-0-7 Publisher: Mechanical Music Press Pub. Date: Oct 2001
The American Reed Organ, by Robert F. Gellerman, Vestal Press.
Pierce Piano Atlas, by Bob Pierce, 1880 Termino, Long Beach, CA 90815
Official Price Guide to Musical Collectibles, by House of Collectibles, New York, NY 10022
The Complete Piano Player: Omnibus Edition (5 Volumes in 1), by
Kenneth Baker, Price: $17.56, Paperback, 240pp.,
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation,
Pub. Date: March 1991,
The Piano: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Popular Musical Instrument, by
Format: Paperback, 192pp.,
Publisher: Hal Leonard Pub.,
Pub. Date: November 1998
Player Piano, by
Kurt Vonnegut, Price: $10.75,
Format: Paperback, 340pp.,
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated,
Pub. Date: February 1999,
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