[Dixielandjazz] Eggs in basket

Rob McCallum rakmccallum at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 4 19:12:18 PST 2003

Years ago I saw a documentary with either the actual piano or a replica
(think it might have been footage of him playing on it, but I don't recall
the details).  I think he had it specially made and there was a lever, kind
of like a stick shift, that shifted the entire keyboard (and assumedly
hammers) to the left or right into different grooves (something like raising
and lowering wheels on a lawn mower).  I don't know how many different keys
it could produce; it certainly might be worth some more research.

All the best,
Rob McCallum

----- Original Message -----
From: <Adaywayne at aol.com>
To: <rakmccallum at hotmail.com>
Cc: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Eggs in basket

> I heard that too. Still trying to figure out what kind of mechanical
> contraption could possibly do that.
> Arm
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> In a message dated 12/4/03 4:30:13 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> rakmccallum at hotmail.com writes:
> If I'm not mistaken, Berlin had a special piano built with a movable
> keyboard so that, although he could only technically play in one key, he
> could change the keys to hear what things sounded like in other keys (kind
> of like a capo for the piano!).
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