|A player piano from 1914|
My parents had a little upright piano from the 1920s, which fit pretty well in our apartment. That's what I played on when I took lessons. And my grandparents had had a player piano (and lots of music rolls for it) from the same era, which lived in the basement of my aunt's house. My aunt showed us how it worked once, and it was as much fun as the ad on your right would suggest.
And all of this reminded me about my great aunt Augusta's legendary baby grand, which she must have bought at a Piano Store in New York back in the 1930s, when she finally settled down after a decade of travel, graduate school and work out West. My mother thought she was going to inherit the baby grand (she didn't, though, I don't know why). It was cream colored and had been signed, inside the lid, by a "famous musician" (I don't know who, and I suspect my mother didn't either). The baby grand is the smallest kind of grand piano, by the way. A concert grand is about 10 feet long and the baby grand is about 5 feet long. I remember seeing the baby grand in my great aunt's little apartment in Queens, but I was never allowed to play it. My great aunt had it out in the middle of the living room, which is what you have to do with any size of grand piano - and there wasn't room for a lot of other furniture. I'm not sure if we ever sat down when we visited, come to think of it.
|Grand piano, ca 1781 (Wikipedia)|