This was originally a Smith and Barnes Cabinet Grand Antique Upright Piano, Serial number 67908 built in 1905. As an instrument it was not worthy of restoration but we saw value in upcycling it and so converted it into a magnificent display aquarium of about 100 gallon capacity. The cabinet features a rich satin mahogany wood professionally refinished, nickel hardware and new keytops. The tank is professionally constructed of 3/8” glass.
The top folds back for feeding and is also entirely removable for better access. When necessary for major overhauls, moving, etc. the glass aquarium itself is completely removable by sliding it out the front.
This piece was operational with live fish for several years in a prominent piano retail store in the Los Angeles area and was featured on the local ABC television affiliate.
Some of the used equipment remains inside, including heavy duty electrical. The top is fitted with fluorescent lighting but you may wish to upgrade it along with whatever equipment you choose to complete the system — it is suitable for either fresh or salt water. Since the tank has been sitting empty for a while, we recommend you test the tank for seal integrity, but it never leaked while in use. (Once again, the glass is not brand new — there are scratches.)
So you want to know if you can still play the piano, right? The action has been removed, of course, but yes you can! we installed a Gulbransen KS5 Midi Adaptor with a keystrip under the keys and weighted the keys. All you need is your choice of sound module and speakers. With the speakers separate from the aquarium, the fish should be happy in their environment while you enjoy the music and the peaceful view.
• 60” wide
• 24” high
• 15” deep (front to back)
• 62” wide, 69” high, 31” deep (front to back)
Weight: 200-300 pounds empty (rough estimate)
It is not as heavy as a complete piano but is still of considerable weight and taller than original. For this reason, a local delivery would be easier and less expensive. However, cross country delivery is certainly possible.
If you are in the Southern California area, you are welcome to visit and see this one of a kind piece as a potential addition to your home décor. By all means, you may contact us with any questions.