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World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano

Verdin

 
 
World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
1. World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano Marker
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Inscription. This one-of-a-kind structure was designed and built by Cincinnati’s Verdin Company. Sensors under the piano keys electronically cause the strikers at the top of the structure to ring the chimes.

The chimes themselves are historic. They were installed in 1946 in a church in central Pennsylvania and later saved from the wrecking ball by Jim Verdin. These rare, bronze tubular chimes were originally manufactured by Deagan Chime of Chicago. The unusual shape of the chimes reflects the harmonic tuning of each chime. The Deagan company was purchased by Verdin in 1973.

Verdin has a long history with the site of the park. Their first factory, built in 1842, was located blocks away, at 123 Broadway, the current site of Great American Ballpark. The Foot Piano was fabricated in their current factory in Cincinnati’s East End, just a few miles from the park. The Verdin Company manufactures bronze bells, street clocks, tower clocks and carillons, and these have been installed at over 50,000 sites all over the world.

The piano is designed to play pre-recorded music and to sound on the hour. Most of the time it can be played with your feet.

To operate the keyboard, press your full weight with the ball of your foot in the center of the black or white circular medallions then fully remove your weight.

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World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano - Day View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
2. World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano - Day View
The marker is visible here on the left, with the Roebling Suspension Bridge framed by the chime structure, and with the Ohio River and Covington, KY visible in the background.
Piano generally operates from 10 am to 11 pm and is closed in the winter.
 
Location. 39° 5.722′ N, 84° 30.643′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 52. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ernie Lombardi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cincinnati Reds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joe Nuxhall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ted Kluszewski (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burnet House (approx. ¼ mile away); Salmon Portland Chase (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roebling Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Smale Riverfront Park, just to the west of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
 
Also see . . .  History - The Verdin Company. (Submitted on September 22, 2016.)
 
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World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano - Night View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 25, 2016
3. World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano - Night View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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