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Hi! I bought an early 1900s Heine player piano a couple years back, one with which I'm still quite smitten (despite the steep price I had to pay to get it from an older gentleman who had inherited it from a friend!). However, the piano bench that came with it is clearly not the original. I'm amazed at the relative dearth of info on Heine pianos on the web so am hoping somebody here who's into antique pianos will be able to help me.

Did people purchase piano stools/benches separately from pianos back in the very early 1900s? I doubt it somehow.

Any suggestions for how I can find out what the original stool or bench would have looked like? I'd be happy to at least learn whether the piano came with a stool or a bench!

I can't purchase a replacement on eBay until I know what to look for!

The piano is a quarter-sawn oak one....

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There was a Heine piano store a couple of miles from where I live. All that was left of it that I saw was the sign, which has now been painted over for the store that is there now. I think the brand was associated with that store, which might have been a branch of a San Francisco store. I do not know who originally made the pianos, but it seems Krell made some of them.

Piano benches sometimes came with the piano, sometimes not. In any case, they did not survive as well as the pianos. If you want something that seems to match, you may not have many choices. Either you can find something that is similar, or you can have something made. Since it was a player, odds are it had a bench, as it is really hard to pump a player from a stool. Player benches sometimes had little props to hold the bench lid up at an angle to enable the player to have a little more weight on the pedals.


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The Antique Piano Shop lists this piano in its historical listing, But without much information. You might try giving them a call with your question but I suspect they probably will not know

With very limited knowledge, I think that stools were often used to accommodate women’s bustles. For my 1903 M & H, I bought a claw-foot stool. Even with a cushion, it is not very comfortable so it has become the cat’s, and I use a padded bench.


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Many players came with a small rectangular bench, sometimes with a tilting top. I did a quick search and found a shop selling a few: Player Piano Benches


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I have a 1907 catalogue. It shows all the pianos and stools as separate items.


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