Reproducing Chickering Ampico Expression Player Piano (steam
This is a reproducing Chickering Ampico Expression Player Piano. 'It has the sound and feel of a concert piano'. This piano plays with expression, as the name implies -- loud, soft, sustain are all automatic. Watch the video to see for yourself: http://youtu.be/IvZ7V8BcMec
This piano, as is, is ready for your living room. No restoration needed. Just a few booboos here and there that are easy fixes. Pictures tell it all. Clean inside and out. Hate to give it up.
Chickering was the largest manufacturer in the United States in the middle of the 19th century, but was later surpassed by Steinway in the 1860s. In 1908 the company merged with the American Piano Company (Ampico). The most famous pianist to 'entrust' his musical interpretations on the Ampico reproducer was Sergei Rachmaninoff -- the player includes Flight of the Bumblebee played by Rachmaninoff.
We don't know the age, but the serial# on the one-piece cast iron plate is 139, but the piano has obviously been restored -- so the honest answer is we just don't know the age. The player mechanics are in working order. The pump pedals and bellows operate electronically, and there are no stuck keys, all hammers strike. There is no bench, but it comes with a player pump.
There is a library of rolls included with the piano. Songs include:
Ampico, Sweet and Lovely; Fox Trot, Played by Adam Carroll #213751
Ampico, Ziegfeld Follies, arranged and played by Fairchild and Rainger #68433
Ampico, Merry Wives of Windsor, Played by Pelleteir and Loesser#59703
Ampico, Fantasie, Op. 49,F Minor Part I & 2 Chopin. Played by Mischa Levitzki #63623 / #63633
Ampico, Minute Waltz, Op. 64, No. D flat, Chopin
Ampico, Flight of the Bumblebee, played by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Ampico, Charleston Rag
Ampico, No. 50
Ampico, Papillons Op. 2 (Butterflies), No 10, 11, ad 12 Part II, Schumann, Played by Josef Lhevinne, #70793B
Ampico, When The Red, Red, Robin, Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along, Played by Henry Lange #207731
Ampico, Romberg Waltzes, #69761
Ampico, Selections from Pal Joey
Ampico, Amp-1011 Etude Op. 10 No. 5 Chopin, Played by Arthur Rubenstein
Ampico, Chanson Triste, Op. 42 No. 2
Ampico, Amp 1012, The Continental
Ampico, Amp 1017 - Stardust
Ampico, Famous Movie Themes #40181
Ampico, AMP 1003 No, No, Nanette
Ampico, Pomp and Circumstance
Ampico, Amp 1022, Dinner Music No. 14
Ampico, Amp - 1029, A Dream of Love, Played by Leo Orstein
Ampico, The Dying Poet, Gottschalk, Played by Rudolph Gruen
Ampico, No. 21
and about 10 other rolls that are not Ampico. Frieght on buyer.
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