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Operator's Piano Co. (1920's)

Location:

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069 US
Organ ID: 66593

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Museums
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on November 06, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable , Pneumatic
  • 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 3 stops. 3 registers.
Piano:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Operator's Piano Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.

Organ:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Operator's Piano Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.
Main:
  • Built by Operator's Piano Co.
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 3
  • Registers: 3
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal row above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.
Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020:

Updated through online information from Margret Downie Banks, National Music Museum Associate Dir. -- "It has been on long-term loan (since 2002) to the Meredith Wilson Museum and Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa. Actually, after it is safe for us to travel once again, we are going to be dismantling the extensive exhibit there and will bring everything back to Vermillion. All I remember about the Reproduco is that it is tremendously heavy! Basically, it arrived here in 2001 and almost immediately went out to Mason City..no time for photos. It was shown in a very small, “vaudevillian” type theatre, where visitors could watch a silent movie starring Charlie Chaplin."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.

Jim Stettner on November 06, 2020:

Identified via email from Margaret Downie Banks, Assoc. Museum Dir. on November 4, 2020. The "Reproduco" organs came in three styles: A 1-manual organ with a roll player - much like a Photoplayer; a 2-manual instrument with a lower piano keyboard and an upper organ manual with optional roll player; and a 2-manual, 4-rank pipe organ with a horseshoe console having a roll player in the center.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on November 06, 2020.
Reproduco Description: Open In New Tab Description, details, history
Document created on 2020-11-07
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.

Reproduco Rolls List: Open In New Tab List of player rolls that came with the organ
Document created on 2020-11-07
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on November 07, 2020.

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