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Below is an email that was sent to me by Jeffrey Sanders in March 2006 after he read my web page about the Lăuter-Humănă player piano. The email is posted here in its entirety with his permission.
comments: Hello John, Thought I would send you a link to a Marvin Player piano listed on Ebay. I saw that you had no info on what type of player mechanism these used. Due to the amount of pictures in the listing and the clarity of them, I think you can easily identify the player actions manufacturer. (Link to eBay has expired)
I would also like to comment on your Lauter page where you made a statement with regard to it being of the finest materials and workmanship. I would have to disagree due to my experience with the Bush & Lane instruments. Just going by the construction of the case itself, The B&L is far heavier and more stoutly built than any Lauter I have ever played (3500+) and worked on before. The fullness of sound which I consistently run across in the B&L and the consistent quality of every one of their pianos lets me know they were truly one of the finest instruments built in their time. I cannot say as much for the Cecillian action, although I have discovered that amongst the ones still functional from their time, it was a very "tight" action and one of the easiest to pump and play using rolls, but the Wessel, Nickel and Gross piano action that was utilized in both the Victor and Bush & Lane pianos rivaled that of the Steinways of that time quite easily.
I spend at least a little time on your site each day as I have found it to be an incredible wealth of information and want to thank you for the opportunity and the knowledge you have shared and allowed us to partake of here on your site.
With the warmest of regards and a thousand thanks,
ps. feel free to post this if you wish.....
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