If you have or know of an old dilapidated musical instrument known as a photoplayer, sometimes called a fotoplayer or “pit organ”, and usually having a piano and one or two attached side cabinets… especially one in bad shape… don’t throw it out! Even if it is in what appears to be junk condition, or is missing most of the parts, or is merely a pile of parts, don’t junk it! Gutted piano portions, music rolls (“Filmusic” etc), case parts, random organ pipes, percussion effects and actions, pneumatic and mechanical parts, and complete instruments will all be considered. Even the simple twin-roll player pianos or self-contained piano/organ combination instruments (without attached side cabinets) are of interest to me.
I am interested in any of these instruments, from makers such as American Photo Player Company, Wurlitzer, Seeburg, Coinola Reproduco, Cremona, North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works AKA Capitol Piano and Organ Co, Gulbransen, Watson, Bartola, etc.
I am not only personally interested in purchasing these type of instruments, I know others who would be interested in these things and parts, too, and can put you in touch with them if for whatever reason I cannot afford or am not directly interested in what you have.
These things are extremely rare, so if you discover one, even one in very bad condition, missing most of its parts, encrusted in animal droppings/mercury/asbestos/etc holding up the stage in a theatre you are renovating, do not hesitate to contact me. One more photoplayer that is junked is one less for current and future generations to enjoy. Also, if you have any old advertising, catalogs, owners manuals or ephemera of any kind relating to these instruments, I would like to hear about it as well.