Melville Clark Piano Company
Apollo Piano Styles

Apollo Style Louis XIV upright player piano.

From the Music Trade Review of March 7, 1908.

Apollo Style Louis XIV upright player piano with foot treadle. This style was made only on special order and only in French burl walnut with art finish. It played all 58, 65, and 88 note (with 6 to the inch hole spacing) music rolls.

Apollo Style C upright piano.

From the Music Trade Review of March 7, 1908.

Apollo Style C upright piano with foot treadle. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, and Oak. The Apollo Style C was equipped with the air motor only and plays 58 and 65 note music rolls. The advertisement noted that the Style C was "especially adapted for use in apartments, flats, and in homes where room commands a premium." It is interesting that about the time this piano was advertised in 1908, and in later years, Melville Clark was busy denigrating the air motor a "jerky" and flimsy contraption "made of rubber cloth and wood, stuck together with glue," while simultaneously extolling the merits of the precision crafted all metal Metronome Spring Motor. A circa 1915-1916 Melville Clark Piano Company catalogue illustration shows the Metronome Motor completely immersed in water while contained in a large glass jar, but, of course, still running perfectly. Buyers were advised to visit a showroom and compare the Apollo player equipped with the Metronome Spring Motor with other piano brands that used the "jerky" air motor, and draw their own conclusions as to which motor design provided the best and more precise musical experience. Then in 1917 Melville Clark introduced the Airapollo, a player piano with an air motor drive, so as "to meet the demand of a number of Melville Clark dealers who wanted an Apollo equipped with air motors as well as with spring motors, the better to balance the line."

Apollo Style K upright piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style K upright piano with foot treadle. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, and Oak.

Apollo Style L upright piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style L upright piano with foot treadle. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, and Mission.

Apollo Style O upright piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style O upright piano with foot treadle. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, and Oak.

Apollo Style W upright piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style W upright piano with foot treadle. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, and Oak.

Apollo Style Grand piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style Grand piano. Made in Mahogany. The not so inconspicuous floor cabinet situated behind the grand piano contained an electrically operated vacuum pump, spool-box, and other essential controls, and was connected to the player grand piano by a bundle of tubes that could (or so it was advertised) be easily connected to the piano in just a few hours.

Apollo Style Art Apollo expression piano.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollo Style Art Apollo expression piano--foot treadle or electric. All of the Upright Styles in the company's regular piano line were duplicated for the Art Apollo Player Piano. The Q.R.S. Autograph Hand Played Music Rolls were cut especially for the Art Apollo series of pianos.

Apollophone style WP player piano with talking machine.

Melville Clark Piano Company, circa 1915-1916, Apollo Player Piano catalogue.

Apollophone style WP player piano with talking machine. Made in Mahogany, Walnut, and Oak. The talking machine (phonograph) is housed in the (closed)compartment to the left of the spool-box area. The player piano and talking machine could be used separately or together.

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