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Automatic Pianos: A Collector's Guide to the Pianola,Barrel Piano,& Aeolian Orchestrelle

Automatic Pianos: A Collector's Guide to the Pianola,Barrel Piano,& Aeolian Orchestrelle (Hardback)

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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.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyAntiques & collectablesMusic & DanceSheet MusicReference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference works Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 17/06/2004 ISBN-13: 9780764320248  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume is a world authority on mechanical music and its instruments. He lives in Surrey, England.

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