What Is New To This Web Site

(Index of New and/or Updated Pages)

New and Updated Mechanical Music Press Items

May 24, 2017 Updated: Melville Clark Piano Company--Apollo Pianos page. Added new Apollo Music Roll Types section with its own new image pane,
May 13, 2017 Updated: Empress Electric Piano Registry page. Added additional model information and corrected reported errors.
April 30, 2017 New: Added new Behind the Taj Mahal page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
December 21, 2016 Updated: Operators Piano Company Registry page. Added additional Coinola coin piano information and thumbnail links, plus new Reproduco piano organ and Reproduco Unified Organ information with thumbnail links.
November 22, 2016 Began a gradual process of replacing the downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF format interactive fill-in forms used for Registry submissions, and changing over to new on-line forms using standard HTML coding. This change is being implemented due to the increasing security barriers and restrictions being imposed by browsers in regards to PDF format documents, and the consequent difficulties for site visitor's trying to make use of interactive PDF forms.
November 8, 2016 New: Added new The Staying Power of Welte Orchestrions page to the Welte Orchestrion section.
October 27, 2016 New: Added new Welte Orchestrions—The Age of Opulence page to the Welte Orchestrion section.
October 13, 2016 Updated: Welte Style 6 Concert Orchestrion, originally located in Nidd Hall, Yorkshire, England. Upgraded numerous photographs for clarity, revised some caption text, and added another image pane regarding the reassembly of the Welte orchestrion during restoration.

New: Added new Summary of Welte Music Roll Styles page to the Welte Orchestrion section.
May 31, 2016 Reinstated: Seeburg Factory Video -- This short video, courtesy of the late Claes Friberg (Mekanisk Music Museum), consists of brief excerpts from a silent motion picture clip probably filmed by a European crew circa 1927-1928.
May 1, 2016 Updated: PianOrchestra/Paginini/Pianella Rollography Project page. Added Wurlitzer’s Importation of Philipps Music Rolls sub-section about approximately when PianOrchestra and Paganini music rolls were first cut by Wurlitzer.
November 2, 2015 New: Added new Taking the Day's Receipts from the Tonophone page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
October 29, 2015 New: Added new Air Calliopes page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
March 10, 2015 New: Added new The Wurlitzer Story page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
February 5, 2015 New: Added new Wurlitzer 65-Note APP Rollography page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
July 30, 2014 Updated: The Wurlitzer Direct Drive System study project page in the Mechanical Music Registry section is being merged with the new Wurlitzer Coin Piano (and Photoplayer) study project page. The Direct Drive Gear information is now more correctly a sub-section of the Wurlitzer Coin Piano database, with the former reports and Survey Form having been improved.
December 10, 2013 New: Added new Encore Automatic Banjo Rollography external link (Rich Crandall Library) to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
December 4, 2012 New: Added new Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Rollography external link (Rich Crandall Library) to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
November 9, 2013 Updated: Philipps Pianella / Wurlitzer PianOrchestra Tracker-Bar Scales page. Added Philipps P.E. Tracker Scale.
October 23, 2013 Updated: Wurlitzer Style 29-C Mandolin PianOrchestra page. Added Brian Smith's Story about the PianOrchestra when it was in the Ghost Town Museum at Knott's Berry Farm.
September 22, 2013 New: Added new Empress Electric Pianos (Lyon & Healy Company) page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
August 10, 2013 New: Added new Chicago Electric Pianos (Smith, Barnes & Strohber Company) page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
July 30, 2013 New: Added new Photographic Galleries of Instruments Restored by Reblitz Restorations page to the Reblitz Restorations section.
April 6, 2013 New: Added new Melville Clark Piano Company--Apollo Pianos page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
February 27, 2013 Obsolete html page header metadata types removed and remaining metadata lines upgraded so as to correctly validate as HTML 5 compliant. PICS label metadata headers for web site rating removed as unnecessary.
September 18, 2012 New: Added new Wurlitzer Family Grave Sites page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
June 19, 2012 New: Added new Changing a Link Endless Music Roll page to the How-To-Do-It section.
June 19, 2012 New: Added a new "How-To-Do-It Articles" menu option for all appropriate navigation menus.
June 18, 2012 New: Added new Gustav Schönstein (Special Factory for Music Works) page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
June 15, 2012 New: Added new Automatic Musical / Link Piano Company page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
January 1, 2012 New: Added new Philipps Model 3 Paganini page to the Wurlitzer / Philipps Orchestrion Histories section.
December 25, 2011 New: Added new Mills Novelty Company page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
August 6, 2011 Removed: The Seeburg / Western Electric Research Project has been permanently removed with all page requests re-directed to the new Registry page for Seeburg / Western Electric Piano Companies.
August 6, 2011 New: Added new Seeburg / Western Electric Piano Companies page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
July 21, 2011 New: Added new Apollo (Melville Clark/Wurlitzer) page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
July 19, 2011 Updated: Added new motor photographs to the Examples of Emerson Electric Motors image pane. (Mechanical Music Registry section).
July 6, 2011 New: Added new Tracker Bar Hole Spacing page to the Historical Technical Articles section.
July 5, 2011 New: Added new A Letter from Farny page to the Historical Articles and Stories section.
June 29, 2011 New: Added new Getting Started section to the top of the homepage navigation menu, with an option for How to Use This Web Site.
June 19, 2011 The entire Mechanical Music Press web site was upgraded to be HTML 5 compliant, although no HTML 5 specific features have yet to be implemented.
June 8, 2011 Updated: Wurlitzer Band Organ Ledgers page. Added Bonus Reports: The Wurlitzer All Sources Combined Band Organ Reports (Mechanical Music Registry section).
June 4, 2011 New: Added new Philipps Model 3 Paganini page to the Wurlitzer / Philipps Orchestrion Histories section.
May 2, 2011 Updated: All database PDF reports have been updated with all required display fonts now embedded, so that reports display correctly on different platforms independently of installed fonts.
April 28, 2011 New: Added new Wurlitzer Band Organ Ledgers page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
March 25, 2011 New: Added new Wurlitzer Direct Drive System page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
December 11, 2010 New: Added new The de Kleist Journals page to the Mechanical Music Registry section.
July 12, 2010 Updated: Wurlitzer Style 32 Concert PianOrchestra from Los Angeles. Added additional paragraph and thumbnail link to PDF copy of the Disney Concert PianOrchestra music roll list.

Updated: Philipps Pianella / Wurlitzer PianOrchestra Tracker-Bar Scales. Added an introductory paragraph and made several corrections to descriptive text.
July 4, 2010 New: Mechanical Music Registry -- The Mechanical Music Registry project has been implemented to document the technical and historical development of automatic musical instruments, especially coin-operated pianos, orchestrions and band organs.
July 4, 2010 Removed: The old PianOrchestra Music Roll Database Project page has been replaced by the new PianOrchestra/Pianella Rollography Project page, which is located in the new Mechanical Music Registry section.
June 15, 2010 New: Seeburg Factory Video -- This short video obtained by the late Claes Friberg (Mekanisk Music Museum) is from a silent motion picture clip probably filmed by a European crew circa 1927-1928. This item was subsequently removed due to uncertainty over fair use issues.
April 6, 2010 Updated: Wurlitzer PianOrchestra and Paganini Shipping Lists. Added missing information and corrected all newly recognized errors, so that the lists reflect the latest and most complete information.
February 18, 2010 New: Added new Home Page to delineate between the Mechanical Music Press and the new Reblitz Restorations sections; and moved The Golden Age of Automatic Musical Instruments book page to its own new, "non-home page" location.
December 3, 2009 Updated: Wurlitzer PianOrchestra and Paganini Shipping Lists. Made minor corrections to accuracy of text and updated lists to reflect the latest and most complete information.
August 3, 2009 New: Added "printer friendly" style sheets for print media, so that, depending upon the browser used, pages will now be printed without navigation (menu) columns.
June 11, 2009 New: Added new Introductory page to the Articles & Stories section of this web site.
June 4, 2009 The entire Mechanical Music Press web site was upgraded to comply with the XHTML 1.0 Strict standard.
May 26, 2009 New: Added "Web Slices" capability to this page.
January 14, 2009 Updated: Links to Resources page by adding a new link in the Books and Recordings section.
November 12, 2008 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 33-A Mandolin PianOrchestra originally located in the New York area. Added new thumbnail with link to new image pane containing 2 photographs of the Bontems singing birds.
July 12, 2008 Updated: The Herbert Vincent Story. Made addition to the text regarding Leon Blatchley and fixed a formatting error.
April 13, 2008 New: The Herbert Vincent Story -- This is the story about a man who worked in and was an integral part of the mechanical music era during its heyday in the Los Angeles, California, area.
April 12, 2008 Updated: Memories of a Collector. Made minor corrections to text and added an additional photograph of the Wurlitzer Bijou Orchestra.
April 4, 2008 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32 Concert PianOrchestra. Revised and updated information regarding original shipping location in Los Angeles and Herbert N. Vincent, Glockner Music Company/Wurlitzer Music Company employee.
February 5, 2008 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 29-C Mandolin PianOrchestra originally located in Los Angeles, California. Added new restoration information at bottom of page and new thumbnail with link to new image pane containing 14 photographs of the recently restored orchestrion.
January 17, 2008 Updated: All new music roll database reports in PDF format for the PianOrchestra Music Roll Project page.
January 2, 2008 Updated: Main page for Welte Style 3 Cottage Orchestrion. Added newspaper story from The Republic about the return of the Welte orchestrion to Zaharako's Confectionary.
November 27, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 12 Mandolin PianOrchestra. Added new owner information.
October 15, 2007 The entire Mechanical Music Press web site was further upgraded to comply with HTML 4.01 Strict standards. Additionally, the SafeSurf Internet Rating (PICS labeling) System was installed.
September 7, 2007 Updated: Image pane for Philipps Model "Pfau" Pianella Orchestrion originally located in Belgium. Added text and interior view photograph of restored PianOrchestra to previously existing image pane.
September 6, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 33 Mandolin PianOrchestra discovered in Culver City, California. Corrected and updated text in the sections for the Weber and Krughoff collections. Added thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 8 photographs of the unrestored PianOrchestra in the Rand collection.
August 29, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 29-C Mandolin PianOrchestra originally located in Los Angeles, California. Corrected pipe specification callout, added Pipework Notes section and new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 2 photographs of the orchestrion in restoration workshop.
August 28, 2007 Updated: Main page for Philipps Model 40 Pianella Orchestrion originally located in East Germany. Corrected pipe specification callout, added Pipework Notes section and new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 12 photographs of the restored exterior and interior components.
August 24, 2007 Updated: Main page for Philipps Model 14 Paganini Orchestrion originally located in Brussels, Belgium. Added new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 12 photographs of the interior components.
August 22, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32 Concert PianOrchestra originally located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Added new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 10 photographs of the interior components.
August 21, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32-A Concert PianOrchestra originally located in Leadville, Colorado. Added minor text details to main page; added both text and electric motor photographs to image pane #9; added new image pane 13a (showing fire damage to PianOrchestra) and pane 13b (initial restoration work in Milhous workshop).
August 20, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 16 Mandolin PianOrchestra originally located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Added new photographs of interior mechanisms to existing exterior view image pane.
August 19, 2007 Updated: Main page for Philipps Model 34 Pianella originally located in Groningen, Holland. Added new thumbnails and links to new image pane 4 and pane 5 containing photographs showing the Cohen collection and interior of the orchestrion.
August 7, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 30-A Mandolin PianOrchestra originally located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Added new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing a photograph showing the exterior of the restored machine.
August 7, 2007 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32 Concert PianOrchestra originally located in Los Angeles, California. Added new thumbnail and link to new image pane containing 14 photographs of the newly restored machine.
July 28, 2007 Initiated restructuring and HTML code upgrade for entire Mechanical Music Press web site. Improvements will include correspondence with WCAG Priority 1 & 2 Accessibility standards, and conversion to current HTML 4.01 Transitional and CSS 2.1 code standards. The old frames based navigation system is and will be fully replaced by a page based system. Certain minor visual enhancements will also be implemented. This transition is expected to occur incrementally over the next two weeks.

Webmasters: If you have links to this web site other than the home page some of these special cross-links may no longer function correctly, due to file name changes and/or directory relocation required by the restructuring and elimination of all frames type pages.
November 27, 2006 Updated: Main page for Welte Style 3 Cottage Orchestrion. Added new owner information.
December 31, 2005 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32-A Concert PianOrchestra originally located in Leadville, Colorado. Included extensive historical and family history about the original owner, John (Bernat) Perme, as provided by the wife of a grandson of the late John Perme.
August 19, 2004 Updated: Main page for Wurlitzer Style 32-A Concert PianOrchestra originally located in Leadville, Colorado. Added newly acquired historical information and images provided by a longtime Leadville resident and friend of the John Perme family.
November 8, 2003 New: The Vestal Press Story -- The Vestal Press and How It Grew, by Harvey N. Roehl.
November 3, 2003 New: Hupfeld Helios III/39 Orchestrion page, with image links to descriptive picture panes.