Automatic Pianos

Automatic Pianos

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The era of the self-playing or automatic piano embraced the first three decades of the 20th century. Piano-playing cabinets were followed by the pneumatic player-piano, soon to be known the world over by the name of the leading American make -- Pianola. There were many other makes, of course, with names like Kastonome, Triumph, Pistonola, Claviola, Autoplayer and Apollo. Invented almost simultaneously in Germany and America, player pianos became the most sought-after addition to the family home and the huge industry that built them and made their perforated paper music rolls became both important and wealthy. This book, written by a world-renowned authority on mechanical music and its instruments, relates the development of the automatic piano from the spring-powered dulcimer-playing musical clocks of the 16th century through the once-popular barrel-playing pianos and street pianos to the great era of the Reproducing Piano that could bring a famous artist's interpretation of a musical classic into your own drawing-room. The inventors, their perpetual quest for perfection, and their successes and failures are related in this new and fully-illustrated history. Just how the automatic piano works is described in both words and the author's own clear line-drawings, together with 603 b/w and 43 full-colour photographs. Also, a guide to servicing, maintaining, and playing player pianos and the magnificent Aeolian Orchestrelle roll-playing reed organ is included. Illustrated appendices include a list of makers, brand-names, and a modern-day valuation guide.A Collectora#39;s Guide to the Pianola, Barrel Piano, aamp; Aeolian Orchestrelle Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume ... Name also used by Losche. ... Electrical barrel piano with pneumatic action made early twentieth century for Wurlitzer by North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works, New York. .... Upright piano, sometimes also an electrically-driven player piano, incorporating an all-mains radio and electric gramophoneanbsp;...

Title:Automatic Pianos
Author:Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume
Publisher:Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub. - 2004


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