Wyatt Piano Technicians Museum
4444 Forest Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66106
Open by advance appointment
between 9AM - 3PM Monday - Friday
Jack Wyatt Museum
The Piano Technicians Guild maintains the 2,200
square foot Jack Wyatt Museum at their headquarters in Kansas
City, Kansas. Although I was able to see all of the museum in less
than 45 minutes, theey were among the most interesting minutes I have ever
spent in a museum.
The piano museum was founded in 1994 and enlarged when
the Guild moved to this larger facility in 2003. It was named the Jack
Wyatt Museum in 2005 in recognition of the man who acquired the majority
of the pianos in the collection, manufactured many of the action models
and built most of the displays.
Call ahead to make arrangements to visit the museum at
François Soufléto "niche de chien" (dog kennel) manufactured
The nickname is for the opening at the bottom of the piano.
1897 Heintzman transposing piano
A lever allows the player to change the key they are playing without
changing finger positions.
1859 Chickering & Sons piano
This piano was on the stage at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. when
Abraham Lincoln was shot.
1782 Gabriel Buntebar square piano built in London
The pedal raises and lowers the lid to change the volume.
1800s typical piano tools and tool kit
Pianola player system by Aeolian
Manufactured in about 1908, this was a piano player which could be
rolled up to an upright or grand piano
where felt fingers would play the tops of the piano keys as the foot
pedals were pumped.
Jean Henri Pape Table Piano built in 1834
History of electronic piano tuning
Piano Action Models
They show the various mechanical assemblies which translate pressing
a key into the motion of a hammer.
1913 practice clavier made by Almon Kincaid Virgi
Concert artists used the clavier to practice when a piano was not available.
It could either be
silent or click as keys were pressed or released.
Piano technicians' tools
Piano Technician Guild
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