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IRA MALEK PLAYER PIANOS

WHEN YOU ARE CONSIDERING PURCHASING A PLAYER PIANO, THE QUESTION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OF SHOULD I BUY A NEW ONE OR AN ANTIQUE ONE. THERE ARE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF EACH...

1. SOUND

UPRIGHT: THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO SOUNDS BETTER THAN THE NEW BECAUSE THE SOUNDBOARD IS LARGER. IT IS A LARGER INSTRUMENT. OF COURSE, THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO NEEDS TO BE RESTORED BEFORE THE COMPARISON IS MADE.

GRAND:  THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO SOUNDS EQUAL TO THE NEW BECAUSE THE SOUNDBOARD IS THE SAME SIZE. THEY ARE THE SAME SIZE INSTRUMENTS AS LONG AS YOU ARE COMPARING THE SAME SIZE GRAND PLAYER PIANO.

2. VALUE

UPRIGHT: THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO APPRECIATES IN VALUE, DEPENDING UPON CASE AND SYSTEM TYPE. THE NEW PLAYER PIANO DEPRECIATES IN VALUE.

GRAND: THE ANTIQUE PLAYER GRAND APPRECIATES IN VALUE ( DEPENDING UPON BRAND NAME, CASE AND SYSTEM TYPE ). THE NEW GRAND PLAYER PIANO DEPRECIATES IN VALUE.

UPRIGHT : CONVERTING A REGULAR PIANO TO A PLAYER PIANO WITH THE QRS PIANOMATION SYSTEM INCREASES ITS VALUE, WHETHER ITS A NEW PIANO OR AN ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PIANO.

GRAND: CONVERTING A NEW OR ANTIQUE GRAND TO A PLAYER GRAND WITH THE QRS PIANOMATION SYSTEM INCREASES THE GRANDS VALUE. CONVERTING THE ANTIQUE PLAYER GRAND TO THE NEW SYSTEM DECREASES ITS VALUE IF ITS A TOP ROLL DUO-ART PLAYER GRAND AND USUALLY INCREASES THE VALUE OF THE AMPICO DRAWER STYLE PLAYER GRANDS AT A REDUCED COST OF FUNCTIONALITY. IN OTHER WORDS, IT COSTS MORE TO RESTORE A PLAYER MECHANISM ON AN AMPICO PLAYER GRAND THAN IT DOES TO REMOVE THE PLAYER MECHANISM AND INSTALL THE QRS PIANOMATION SYSTEM.

3. ART / VISUAL

UPRIGHT: THEANTIQUE UPRIGHT ROLL OPERATED PLAYER PIANO IS SUPERIOR IN VISUAL AND ARTISTIC APPEAL. IT IS LARGER AND USUALLY HAS A MORE ORNATE CASE WITH SUPERIOR WOOD. EXAMPLES ARE THE MATCHED CIRCASSIAN WALNUT AND DRIP EFFECT MAHOGANY ARTCASE PLAYER PIANOS WITH CURVED SIDE WALLS. NOTHING IS MADE LIKE THIS TODAY. THE ROLL AS IT TURNS HAS A UNIQUE NOVELTY AND INQUISITIVE EFFECT UPON THOSE WHO VIEW IT. THE ROLLS HAVE THE WORDS AS WELL. THE INSIDE OF THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO IS GORGEOUS ONCE RESTORED, AS CAN BE SEEN BY THE PHOTOS ON THE HOMEPAGE AND THE RESTORATION PHOTOS PAGE OF LEVEL THREE RESTORATION. STAINED GLASS, LIGHTS AND HONKY TONK AD FURTHER TO THE VISUAL APPEAL OF THE ANTIQUE ROLL OPERATED PLAYER PIANO. THE NEW PLAYER PIANO DOES NOT HAVE EITHER THE INSIDE APPEAL, OUTSIDE APPEAL OR PLAYER ROLL WITH WORDS APPEAL. NO STAINED GLASS WITH HONKY TONK EITHER. THEY ARE NOT ORNATE AND DO NOT HAVE THE WOOD GRAIN THE SUPERIOR ANTIQUE ONES HAVE. VISUALLY, THE ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PLAYER PIANO IS FAR SUPERIOR.

GRAND:  THE  ANTIQUE GRAND PLAYER PIANO LOOKS VIRTUALLY THE SAME IF YOU ARE COMPARING THE AMPICO SYSTEM PLAYER GRAND WITH THE NEW PLAYER PIANOS SINCE THE AMPICO SYSTEM IS HIDDEN UNDERNEATH. THE DUO-ART SYSTEMS HAVE THE ROLLS UP TOP AND ARE VISUALLY MORE ELEGANT. YOU CAN VIEW THE ROLLS AND SEE THE WORDS. HENCEFORTH, THE DUO-ARTS ARE SUPERIOR TO THE NEW PLAYER PIANO IN REGARDS TO VISUAL IMPACT. WITH THE AMPICOS, YOU HAVE TO PULL OUT THE DRAW UNDERNEATH TO SEE THE WORDS AND SING WITH YOUR HEAD LOOKING STRAIGHT DOWN. RIDICULOUS. SORRY FOR OFFENDING AMPICO OWNERS BUT NO ONE SINGS WITH THEIR HEAD DOWN UNLESS THEY'RE CRYING OR SOMETHING.

PLAYER PIANO ABILITY:

UPRIGHT: THE ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PLAYER PIANO PLAYS BETTER WHEN IT PLAYS THE FOUR HAND ACCOMPANIMENT ROLLS AND THERE ARE ROLLS ( SONGS ) AVAILABLE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN CONVERTED TO DIGITAL FOR USAGE WITH THE NEW PLAYER PIANO. IN ADDITION, THERE IS THE HONKY-TONK AS WELL IN THE ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANO. HOWEVER, THE NEW PLAYER PIANO PLAYS WITH MORE EXPRESSION AND DOESNT HAVE HONKY-TONK ( HOWEVER, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO INSTALL HONKY TONK INTO A NEW UPRIGHT PLAYER PIANO ).  ONLY SOME OF THE 4 HAND ROLLS WERE TRANSFERRED TO DIGITAL USAGE ON THE NEW PLAYER PIANOS. MOST HAVE NOT AND NOT ALL THE ROLLS WERE TRANSFERRED. WITH THE NEW QRS PIANOMATION PLAYER PIANO SYSTEM INSTALLED INTO A REGULAR PIANO, THERE ARE SPEAKERS THE SYSTEM CONNECTS TO. WHEN THE PLAYER PIANO PLAYS, THE SOUNDS OF OTHER INSTRUMENTS IN THE SONG CAN BE HEARD AND THE ARTIST WHO SANG THE SONG SINGS AS WELL. SO THINK OF IT AS A CD WITH LIVE PIANO INSTEAD OF RECORDED PIANO. ALSO, VERY NICE IN ITS OWN WAY.

GRAND:  THE NEW GRAND PLAYER PIANO HAS A BETTER PLAYER PIANO SYSTEM THAN THE ANTIQUE ONE. HOWEVER, SAME AS ABOVE WITH THE ROLL SITUATION. THERE IS NO HONKY TONK FOR GRANDS, ANTIQUE OR NEW.

CONVENIENCE:

UPRIGHT: ANTIQUE PLAYER PIANOS SOMETIMES HAVE AUTOMATIC REPEAT AND SHUT OFF BUILT IN. IF IT DOES NOT, WE INSTALL AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF ONLY. NO REPEAT AT THE END OF THE ROLL. YOU HAVE TO FLIP A LEVER AND PRESS A BUTTON. IT RE-ROLLS IN A COUPLE OF SECONDS.

GRANDS:  GRAND PLAYER PIANOS, ANTIQUE AND NEW HAVE AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF AND AUTOMATIC REPEAT.


WE ARE DEALERS FOR ANTIQUE ROLL OPERATED PLAYER PIANOS AND THE NEW STORY AND CLARK PLAYER PIANO BY QRS.