Marionette Louis XVI Style Mini-Grand Player Piano

What A Cute Little Piano! Exceedingly Rare Marionette Mini-Grand Player Piano

$25,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
DEPOSITS: The restoration of this instrument has not been completed. A 30% deposit is required on instruments pending restoration. This deposit holds the instrument and keeps it from being offered to another clients, and it also makes that piano’s restoration a priority. Once we complete the restoration, we invite the client to visit our shop to see and hear the piano. If the client is unable to visit our shop, we will send professional photos and videos of the piano for review. The client then has the option of paying the balance and purchasing the piano, transferring their balance to another piano in our shop, or getting a full refund for their deposit. The client is never at risk.
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Pay a 30% deposit per item
SPECIFICATIONS
YEAR: 1929
LENGTH: 3 feet, 8 inches
FINISH: Richly-Figured Walnut Wood
STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
DESCRIPTION

In about 1928 the illustrious M. Schulz Piano Company introduced a limited number of tiny “Child Size” baby grand pianos under the “Marionette” label. Measuring only 46 inches wide and 44 inches long, these little pianos were real pianos with the tone quality of an ordinary baby grand piano, but their diminutive size made them ideal for wealthy children’s play rooms, dance clubs, boudoirs, etc. Because piano technology had reached its peak in the 1920’s, these tiny pianos were thoroughly modern in design and the science and craftsmanship behind them resulted in a piano that sounded like a much larger instrument.
The tiny Marionette baby grand was available in two basic models; a conventional baby grand piano and an expressive “reproducing” player piano. The player pianos were equipped with the Schulz patented “Aria Divina” expressive reproducing player mechanism which played the piano with real human dynamics.
M. Schulz had great plans to build these little pianos in large numbers. They were advertised as being offered in elaborately carved cabinets and elaborate finishes, including hand painted Oriental style finishes. When the Great Depression hit in 1929, M. Schulz was forced to drop their grandiose plans for the Marionette line and only a few were ever actually built.
This piano is an example of the Expressive Reproducing Player Piano offered on the Marionette. The instrument is made of beautiful “old world” two-tone walnut wood, and is of the Louis XVI double-leg style. This piano is being restored to like new condition inside and out, and the tone and touch is really quite good for a piano this size. The tone of this piano is comparable to a traditional baby grand, and those who hear it and play it are amazed!
A matching bench is included.

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