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Player Piano auction attracts worldwide attention

WICHITA — Antique dealers, hobbyists and business people from around the world are descending on Old Town this weekend to bid on the contents of the five-story (plus a basement) Player Piano Co. building at 704 E. Douglas.

Dave Burk recently purchased the building, and Dennis Wilke bought the contents.

“There’s more stuff in this building than probably every other building in Old Town combined,” Wilke says. “Pack rat doesn’t even begin (to describe it).”

There are 150 player pianos — most if not all of which don’t work — but also thousands of parts for the pianos along with rolls and rolls of player piano music.

“You just can’t believe it,” Wilke says.