Operators Piano Company
Reproduco Piano/Pipe Organ Survey

Operators Piano Company 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.
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Operators Reproduco Piano/Pipe Organ Survey Form

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Contact Information
  Show owner name in reports.

* 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.

Piano/Organ Basic Information
Piano/Organ Serial Number:* 

For piano-based Reproduco player organs the piano serial number is usually die-stamped into the piano pinblock and visible through an oval opening in the piano plate. However, the 4-digit serial number for the late Cabinet Style Reproduco Organs (with no piano) is located between the vacuum pump and roll mechanism and on the front edge of the supporting shelf. The serial number will probably be in this format: 05xx, with the first two digits being zero and five.

Standard mortuary model with piano, organ, and single-tune spoolbox for 88-note player piano rolls.
Standard mortuary model with piano, organ, and single-tune spoolbox for small diameter OS or NOS rolls.

OS (Organ Series) rolls wound on the small diameter player-piano type flanged spools are sometimes called "M" rolls, which are OS rolls with the letter "M" preceding the roll number and with music specifically arranged for mortuary use.

Standard theatre model with piano, organ, and 10-tune spoolbox.
Standard theatre model with piano, organ, and duplex 10-tune spoolboxes.
Cabinet Style Reproduco (organ only), with 10-tune spoolbox.

The Reproduco Cabinet Style Organs have no piano, and have slightly different pipework than do the piano-based Standard Reproduco Player Pipe Organs. The pipework in the cabinet model consist of a 37-note rank of quintadena pipes, and behind it a row of 49 wood pipes consisting of 17 stopped diapason pipes and to their right 32 open flute pipes. There are 12 large stopped wood diapasons located behind the furniture case.

New Style Reproduco Mortuary Organ (organ only), single-keyboard, Gothic style case, single-tune roll spoolbox for small diameter OS rolls.

The New Style Reproduco Mortuary Organ in a Gothic styled case had no piano, but retained the same basic 98 pipe configuration commonly used in the "old style" piano-based Standard Reproduco Player Pipe Organs.

Super Junior Reproduco, with 12-note pedalboard and side-cabinet.
Super Reproduco, with 12-note pedalboard and side-cabinet.
Mandolin attachment.  Piano muffler.

Oak, Golden oak, Mission oak, Mahogany, Walnut, White with gold trim, etc.

Keyboard Piano Manufacturer
Smith, Barnes & Strohber, with 1-piece plate, ordinary tuning pin layout.
Seybold, with odd pattern of widely staggered tuning pins.
No piano or piano keyboard.
Pipework

Standard Options (for piano-based Reproduco Player Organs)

Quintadena (37 capped metal flute pipes), OR rarely Violin (37 metal string pipes).
Flute (37 open wooden flute pipes).
Diapason (12 stopped wood diapason pipes inside case, and 12 large stopped wood diapason pipes mounted on backside of piano).

The piano-based Standard Reproduco models make use of 98 pipes divided into three ranks, 37 wooden flute, 37 quintadena (or alternately but rarely violin pipes instead of the quintadena), and 24 stopped diapason, as represented by the above pipework options.

Alternate Diapason Option (for the late organ only Cabinet Style Reproduco)

Diapason (17 stopped wood diapason pipes plus 32 open wood flute pipes in 49-note row in organ only cabinet model).

The cabinet style Reproduco (organ only—(no piano) makes use of 98 pipes divided visually into three ranks, 37 metal quintadena, 17 stopped wood diapasons plus 32 open wood flutes, and 12 large stopped wood diapason pipes stationed behind the furniture casework.

Additional "Super" Model Options (found only in the Super Junior and Super Reproduco Player Organs)

Viola Diapason (49 metal string pipes).
Vox Humana (49 metal reed pipes).
Flute (32 open wooden flute pipes).
Stopped Diapason (29 stopped wood pipes inside side-cabinet, and 12 large stopped wood pipes mounted on backside of side-cabinet).

The pipework specifications for the Super Junior Reproduco and the Super Reproduco organs were derived from information printed on the backside of photographs in a Coinola Salesman’s Photographic Portfolio.

Striking and/or Percussive Instrumentation External set of 10 chimes.  Xylophone.

Chimes were available as an option. The 30-note xylophone was stated in the specifications for the Super Reproduco Player Organ for theaters, and its use may have been limited to this one model.

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.

Three deck board levels with Bakelite valve seats.
Three deck board levels with brass valve seats threaded into fiber rings.
Individual unit pneumatics.

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 Single-tune roll spoolbox (small diameter single-tune sized rolls).
Single 10-tune spoolbox (large diameter multi-tune rolls).
Duplex 10-tune spoolbox (large diameter multi-tune rolls).

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 Types Accommodated
88-note Player Piano Rolls.
OS rolls (Organ Series) on player piano type flanged spools (also known as "M" rolls for mortuary arrangements).
OS rolls (Organ Series) on 3 inch cardboard cores.
NOS rolls (New Organ Series) on player piano type flanged spools.
NOS rolls (New Organ Series) on on 3" cardboard cores.
Vacuum Pump Location In piano case.  In external blower box.

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:
 Motor Model:  Motor S/N:  Motor RPM:
Piano/Side-Cabinet Ornamentation
Date and Notations Written on Case, Console, or Mechanisms

Oftentimes dates and notations are written on the case, console, and/or on various organ components.

Comments, History, and Explanations

Please include any additional information about the piano/organ 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, or notice an early tuning date written by hand on the piano plate or organ chests, etc., please describe any such items.