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Oscar Nelson and Peter Wiggen were a force in the Chicago coin piano trade business.
The two worked with J.P. Seeburg at Marquette Piano Company and followed him when
he started his own company, J. P. Seeburg Piano Company, in 1907. By 1922, after
designing much of the Seeburg product line, the two left that company to form the
The Style 8 was available with a few different configurations. Typically it was equipped with both 22 note reiterating bells and xylophone operating from an “A” roll. Some models featured a 24 note single stroke xylophone designed to play “4X” rolls, with a few models similarly equipped but played an “A”roll. This model left the factory playing a “4X” roll but was converted at some point to play the more plentiful “A” roll. The plate or harp of this model was designed to play the exact scale of the “A” roll, 54 notes (C to A), no coupling, but could be converted back to “4X” configuration at buyer’s discretion.
The instrument was recently totally restored to factory-