Smith Barnes & Strohber Co.
Chicago Electric Coin Piano Survey

Chicago Electric Coin Piano Study Project

Introductory Style Notes:

An Invitation to Send Accompanying Photographs

Pictures of the exterior of an instrument often allows us to identify case styles, control knobs, coin slots, art glass details, and other characteristics oftentimes not easily described through text alone. Moreover, snapshots of the interior mechanisms and any nameplates they may bear usually helps us greatly to identify mechanical characteristics that shed light on the mechanical evolution of an instrument, which helps us when developing dating guides. It is no stretch to say that photographs are an invaluable aid in detailing and understanding any instrument for which information has been submitted, and so please do consider sending photographs, albeit separately from the on-line form, but nonetheless augmenting the survey information.

Invitation to e-mail photographs corresponding to a survey submittal.
Please send photographs to:

Chicago Electric Piano Brand Survey Form

All survey submissions to the Mechanical Music Press are given with the provision that the Mechanical Music Press and/or its authors have non-exclusive use of the information, images, or other material submitted for use with this project or in any other part of this web site, and do so without limitation. All contributors of significant, previously unused information will be listed as contributors under general credits in the Registry section. Submission does not guarantee the acceptance of or the use of the whole or any part or segment of any information submitted. Please do not submit information if you cannot abide by the aforementioned stipulations.

Contact Information
  Show owner name in reports.
Piano Basic Information (Coinola and Victor pianos)

Usually die-Stamped into the pinblock and visible in a small oval shaped opening located between the bass & tenor tuning pin sections of the piano plate.

Styles: EL-1, EL-2, K, Casino, etc.

Mandolin attachment.  Piano muffler.

Oak, Golden oak, Mission oak, etc.

Striking and/or Percussive Instrumentation
Horizontally oriented xylophone.
Vertically oriented xylophone.

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Loud-Soft Expression Control
Tone Modulator control on top of the stack.
Pneumatic Stack S/N and Type

This s/n number is usually die‐stamped into the front (or possibly the top) of the pneumatic stack.

Smith, Barnes & Strohber Co. (2-tier).
Simplex Player Action (unit chest).

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Roll Frame / Spoolbox Monarch Tool & Mfr. Company.
Nelson-Wiggen Piano Company.

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Music Roll Type
"A" roll.
Pump Type Monarch Tool & Mfr. Company.
Nelson-Wiggen Piano Company.

If none of the above descriptions exactly correspond to what is being reported please describe the component in the comments field at the bottom of this form.

Motor Information (only if original motor)  Motor Model:  Motor S/N:  Motor RPM:
Coin Accumulator / Coin Magazine Mechanism
Ratchet wheel accumulator (magazine).
Art Glass Description
Date and Notations Written on Case or Mechanisms

Oftentimes dates and notations are written on the case and/or on various player components.

Comments, History, and Explanations

Please include any additional information about the piano that might be pertinent, such as its history, i.e., various locations and owners. If you find a date (or style number), such as on a paper sticker inside or on the backside of the case, or on a pneumatic component, notice an early tuning date written by hand on the piano plate, find an original sales invoice, etc., please describe any such items.

* Required form fields: Contact information will be kept private, with the exception of owner name if, and only if the "Show owner name on reports" box is checked.