Virgil Practice Clavier
This practice keyboard has the serial number 8372 and was built in 1913 by Almon Kincaid Virgil. It has weighted keys and the resistance can be adjusted by turning the brass knob above the center of the keys. No musical tones are produced. These were especially in demand for professional pianists who spent most of their time on a train. Virgil also had a study method book series that was very popular and was written to be used with the Practice Clavier. It was first introduced in 1884 and was made until about 1920.
1939 Story & Clark Electric Piano
While the very first electric pianos were built in Germany, Story & Clark was the first to build them in the USA, starting in 1939, the year this piano was built. The bottom board has a wicker type speaker cloth with speakers behind them. The decal reads “Storytone” and in smaller letters below, “Voiced by RCA Victor”. The piano is 36″ high and has no soundboard, but uses electric pickups and, of course, an amplifier. The serial number is 756751 and was purchased by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation.