Old piano bench--se overton co. 1918

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Postby 106-1106358643 » Sat May 07, 2005 6:32 pm

I have my mom's old piano bench and while I was working on it to take out the squeaks and groans I found 2 wooden pieces inside.
These 2 latches prop the bench open about 2 1/2 inches which puts the seat on an incline. Does anyone know the purpose for these? The Bench was made by S.E. Overton Company South Haven, Mich. in 1918.
Any suggestions for taking out the wobbles and squeaks would also be helpful.
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Postby 65-1074818729 » Sun May 08, 2005 7:25 pm

You have raised my curiosity regarding the two pieces of wood to hold the seat open.

Do you know if this is an original piano bench, or could this have been initially designed for some other purpose?

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Postby 106-1106358643 » Mon May 09, 2005 5:50 am

I now believe my piano bench was used with a "player piano": Here is a reply from another forum.

What you have there is a common PLAYER PIANO BENCH.

The risers face away from the player piano such that the bench tilts towards the keyboard, making pushing those pedals that operated the old player pianos a bit easier to do for longer periods of time.
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Postby Cy Shuster » Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:14 pm

That's exactly right! The bench tilts towards the piano, so that as you pump the pedals, you don't move backwards across the floor!

The piano might have been a player piano in the past, and had the action removed later. Grands with six legs (three pair) were often players; that cabinet style helped hide the part of the mechanism that hung underneath the piano.

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