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Serial number 34858
Serial number 34858  

Case number 804
Case number 804  
Hi Ralph, I have a wheelock piano, but I am not sure if also is a pianola. The serial number is # 34858, and the case number is #804. I have some questions for you:

- Production date?
- Model number?
- Is just a piano? also it was a pianola?
- Is possible to find the original catalogue?
- Do you have pictures of this model?

I am trying to restore it as much as possible.

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Hi Camilo:

Production Date: 1920

Model Number: Probably was none

Is just a piano: you mean as opposed to a player. Long answer. If there was room for a player and evidence, like doors in the front where the spool box was...then it used to be. This piano was made by
Aeolian and they were manufacturers of player pianos. Many times these pianos were players and were gutted with parts scavenged.

Is possible to find the original catalog: For that you can go to AMICA: The Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association. There you may find a collector with original documents.

Do you have pictures: Back to AMICA for that...if you're lucky  you will find someone who collects such things.

Be careful on the restoration process. There are some great restorers and many who are NOT!

Again, the people at AMICA may be able to guide you in this process.

Restoration is bloody expensive. You need to assess if it is cost effective.

Good luck and be careful!

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

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Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

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