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APRIL 1st, 2018
Today is the grand premiere of a new and TOTALLY different radio station. This is NOT a joke. It is with great pleasure I welcome Mechanical Music Radio to my web pages. This is the FIRST & ONLY station to present mechanically played music of all types, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Classical, Jazz, Ragtime, Popular, Old Favorites, Marches, Hymns and even specialty arrangements played on the world's greatest player pianos, player pipe organs, nickelodeons, orchestrions, dance band organs, music boxes and street pianos, just to name a few. If it is a mechanical instrument, you will probably hear it on here. They also have a store, and you can buy recordings of a variety of different instruments, and other items of interest. Click the button below to go directly to their live stream. I think you will be impressed with the HQ sound they present. Just click on the "loudspeaker" icon to adjust the volume to a level you prefer. If you like what you hear, please contact them and let them know. If you have a musical favorite, you can request them to find and play that for you. Remember, you heard about it here, from your friends at the DVRS and CMI Company.
Jingle Bells - Ragtime version arranged by George Bagatko. Season's Greetings from Classic Musical Instrument Company (2018). Hope you enjoy this unique ragtime arrangement of this popular seasonal favorite.
QUICK FIND INDEX:
THE DELAWARE VALLEY RAGTIME SOCIETY is 3 years old !
July 24, 2018
Effective September 1,2018, my on line store will be closed. I am replacing the store with a Parts and Supplies page. I will still supply parts, using a request format.
TELEPHONE: (215) 353-0570 FAX: (215) 853-0336
Call / E-mail ahead for fax services.
BUSINESS HOURS: 12 noon until 12 midnight
E-Mail: classic.musical.instrument@ gmail.com
Address: 768 Brian Way
Lansdale, PA 19446-6600
Welcome to Classic Musical Instrument Company, where your musical needs are our top priority. I have loved music my entire life, and enjoy sharing my passion with my customers. For the last 45 years, I have been tuning and servicing pianos in the greater Philadelphia and surrounding Delaware Valley areas. I am proud to have earned the prestigious title of Certified Installer, in April 2013, from Dampp Chaser Products. I am qualified to sell, install and service these humidity control systems. For anyone who owns a Pianocorder digital player unit, I am also a registered technician, qualified to service these units. I am now doing consultations for repairs to Pianocorder units by phone/email. Parts are still available for all Pianocorder units and I can upgrade your unit to operate from your computer, most any musical device or your smartphone. See my videos for demonstrations of several features available using the upgrade system. For all other piano related services, I offer a technician referral service for piano tuning and repairs worldwide. Need a piano tuner ? Don't feel like doing research ? Have a limited time schedule ? I will do that work for you, find 3 qualified technicians, give you side by side cost amounts, work with you to schedule a suitable time AND follow up with you for a report on how you found the service to be performed. See the section listed under the HOME PAGE tab for complete details.
My web page has been expanding very quickly. I have added new navigational links so it will be easier and quicker for you to get around my site, You will see these links at the bottom of each page. I have added a quick find directory on this page so you can navigate to a particular page directly. The banner at the top of each page is still functional. As always, thank you for visiting here, and please feel free to contact me for any musical needs or questions you may have.
DISCLAIMER regarding foreign interests using my logos and names: It has come to my attention that some foreign businesses are trying to use my proprietary names and logos to advertise their business. Classic Musical Instrument Co. (CMI) is not affiliated or associated with the sponsors, owners or producers of any third party websites, posing to be a part of this Website. These outside sites are not under our control and CMI explicitly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, content or availability of the information, products, and/or services found on or through such third party sites. CMI does not endorse and has not taken any steps to confirm the accuracy or reliability of any of the information, products or services contained on or through such third party sites. CMI does not make any representations or warranties as to the security of any information (such as credit card and other sensitive information) you might give on any third party site. Only the sites and links on THIS website are deemed trustworthy, authentic and are authorized by PayPal to accept your payments securely. If you have any questions, or have seen any of these third party sites, please contact me and I will take the necessary steps to file complaints against them. Thank you.
We now accept credit cards...
For payment for piano related services. Mastercard, Paypal, Visa & most other cards are accepted.
TO ORDER: Please use the order form on the PARTS & SUPPLIES page. Shipping & handling is additional on all merchandise.
For large items that require Motor Freight Delivery, send an e-mail request for a delivery quote.
Our NEW brochure - The Delaware Valley Ragtime Society
Please contact us for free digital brochures about these and our other services & products.
Do you have a special event coming up ?
If it is musically related, send me an e-mail with the details, and I'll post it here for everyone to see. You can use the FORM on the Contact page.
Thank you !!!
The Delaware Valley Ragtime Society is preparing for our first concert. We need your help. Check out the COMING EVENTS page for more details.
Nickelodeon Piano Fans & Owners -
ART REBLITZ, author of service books on Pianos and Player Pianos, HAS TRANSCRIBED THE GREAT ''G'' ROLL 0026 ''Echoes of the Barbary Coast'' INTO AN ''A'' ROLL FORMAT.
The difference between "A" & "G" rolls:
"A" rolls are for piano and one auxiliary instrument .
(pipes or xylophone usually)
"G" rolls were for piano and up to three auxiliary instruments (pipes,xylophone, accordian, etc.) with snare and bass drums, castanets, cymbal, triangle, wood block & tambourine.
Both roll styles had automatic mandolin rail operation, to give that honky tonk sound. These piano arrangements were transcribed by Art Reblitz. Rolls can be purchased here or directly from Johnny's Music Rolls of Sutter Creek, CA 95685.
To hear the original "G" roll rendition of CRIPES, an original rag composed by Tom Brier, see the video to the right. Played on a Seeburg "G" Orchestrion with flute/violin pipes. Piano rolls are available from Johnny's Music Rolls.
There is now a group on Facebook especially for Pianocorder owners and enthusiasts. Also, if you own the Live Performance LX system by Wayne Stanhke, or Steinway's new Spirio player, please check out the Live Performance LX group also on Facebook. If you would like to join, please contact me here at CMI, or Mark Fontana at the sites. Click on the buttons below to go directly to the sites.
A short demonstration of the Pianocorder Player System, circa 1978.
The number is "Bumble Boogie".
For more videos, click on the YouTube icon at the top right of this page, select "CREATED PLAYLISTS", then choose the category you wish to view. Please leave a comment on my blog: The Sounding Board, accessible from my Blog page.
I found this on Twitter - If I were to design my own music store building, this is what it would look like. A grand piano, with a violin as an entrance. This building DOES exist in Australia.
12/12/2014 Yamaha Pro Soprano & Alto Recorders
My name is Mary, and I want to say that you can depend on classic musical instrument to get what you need for your music needs. If its available and even if its not, they will try to get it for you. They just did that for me and my friend, we are so happy . Thank you so much .
Mary M. Boswell, PA.
03/26/2015 Grand Piano Floor Template
Thank you very much for your rapid response, shipping and customer service!
These templates are just what I was looking to find for home planning around a grand piano!
Amy S. Seattle, WA .
04/29/2015 The Sweeper Sound Board Cleaner
Robert, It did indeed arrive on time. I specifically sought out this particular sound board cleaner as I have a full perimeter plate Mason Hamlin and was concerned about easy access. It worked quite nicely and I now have a dust free sound board.
David B. Cincinnatti, OH.
Do you still have one of these on your Pianocorder ?
If your unit does not function, or plays poorly, this unit is probably the cause of most malfunctions. The Pianocorder is a 40 year old device. Magnetic tapes have a definite shelf life. As they age, cassette pads lose their grip on the brass pressure pad holder, the tape can stretch and become distorted in playback, and splices can come apart due to the adhesive drying out. The tapes also lose their magnetic holding capabilities. For the price of what it would cost to replace this tape deck, you can UPGRADE your system to today's modern standards. The best news is, you can probably do this yourself. If you can handle a few basic hand tools, you can make the upgrade yourself, in about 15 to 20 minutes. If you are still using the tape deck, you are missing HALF of the functions your Pianocorder is able to do for you right now. Check out the ensemble feature. It will only function if you update your system. And it will increase the value of your system. With one of these kits, you will be able to download and play digital music from the internet (most of which is free). The kits come with all the hardware needed for installation, complete installation/owner/operator's instructions, e-mail/telephone assistance PLUS access to the digital Pianocorder library files. And, you don't need a computer to play your piano. You can use your smart phone, Ipod, Ipad or tablet. Call or e-mail us for additional information or if you have any questions . Shipping is included in the price. If you pay by check, cash or money order in USD, you may deduct $10.00 off the prices below as a Thank You for reducing the payment processing expenses.
Standard Pianocorder Upgrade Kit Includes Pianocorder Audio Interface Cable, illustrated installation and usage instructions, Pianocorder cassette library backup files, and installation/usage support by phone and email. Shipping is free! Wireless Pianocorder Upgrade Kit Includes everything the Standard kit does plus the Logitech Bluetooth adapter for wireless streaming to the Pianocorder. Ensure that your computer or mobile device is equipped with Bluetooth before ordering. Shipping is free !!! If you are purchasing a Wireless Kit outside North America, I recommend that you purchase the Standard kit here, then purchase the Logitech Bluetooth Receiver locally from Amazon or a similar local retailer. This will ensure that you receive a unit with the appropriate power adapter for your country.
Purchase Availability: In stock for immediate shipping. Order online by credit card using the PayPal links below, or take $10 off the prices above if you pay by check, money order, or cash in U.S. dollars, as a thank-you for reducing my payment processing expenses. Contact me for the payment address. Demonstrations and local pickup are available in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
The video below is of my own Pianocorder, utilizing the wireless version of the upgrade. I am demonstrating the ensemble feature, which utilizes the live Pianocorder with regular audio music, played together. The name of the song is "Sock Hop", a Jerry Lee Lewis style of playing. This was a rescue piano, and the current tuning is the same when we had the piano delivered. Click the PIANO ADOPTION button above for more information. Also watch for more videos to come, demonstrating this unique feature. I will be uploading some new files very soon. Click on the PIANOCORDER button above to see how this piano came about.
UPDATE: October 2016
I have just completed some new videos with the sustain pedal upgrade. They will be posted here as soon as they are ready. I am really impressed with the difference in the improved performance of the original Pianocorder's sustain qualities. I am also creating a "how to" video for those interested in making this easy upgrade.
From ragtime composer and performer
MAX KEENLYSIDE, his newest ragtime composition, THE KETTLE BLACK. Just published in 2016.
An article by Majestic Piano of Canada describing the Performance Live LX
Player piano technology has evolved over the past 25 to 30 years faster then ever before.
The introduction of MIDI has allowed a standard format to be used with the current systems & has provided some very good performances.
However, As good as good as midi is, it still lacks true high resolution or high performance playback. MIDI with 128 levels of expression has its limitations.
Majestic Piano is proud to announce our affiliation with the new “Live Performance LX system built by Mr. Wayne Stanhke, considered by many as the worlds leading designer & engineer of reproducing piano systems. The LX has taken reproducing pianos to the next level.
For the sophisticated listener, the performance of this system is quite impressive. With over 1200 levels of expression, whisper soft pianissimo and it’s thunderous fortissimo, it is simply the most human like playback ever heard. Proportional sustain pedaling allows the complete control of the dampers as originally recorded by the artist – adding to it’s realism & accuracies.
Other features include:
Live Performance LX system uses original pedal mechanism design.
No protruding box under the piano retaining it’s original look.
Plays most general midi files with enhanced synthesized playback making the performances sound far superior.
Live Performance LX system runs from the standard (supplied) DVD player OR wireless from your laptop using I-tunes or other simple YFI sources.
Live Performance LX is the most technologically advanced system designed and is comprised of the highest quality parts and components.
10 SNAPPY TUNES PER ROLL, ONLY $129.95 per roll
and the price includes shipping.
ALLOW THREE WEEKS DELIVERY TIME. ORDER YOURS TODAY.
Rolls can be purchased directly from Johnny's Music Rolls of
Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Hear a sample, click the button below.
The late John Arpin's recording for the Performance LX playback system. "Watch What Happens" is the title of this piece.