A player piano (also known as pianola or autopiano) is a self-playing piano, containing mechanisms that allow the piano to operate via pre-programmed music on perforated paper, or in some instances, metallic rolls. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass-produced piano for the home in the late 19th and early 20th century (see Harvey Roehl’s “Player Piano Treasury”).
Sales peaked in 1924, as the improvement in phonograph recordings due to electrical recording methods developed in the mid-1920s. The advent of electrical amplification in home music reproduction via the wireless in the same period helped cause their eventual decline in popularity, and the stock market crash of 1929 virtually wiped out production.
Fort Bend Music Center has a few player pianos in our new and improved showroom – if we don’t have what you were looking for, we will exhaust our extensive list of contacts to find you exactly what you are looking for.
We also offer a conversion plan where just about any acoustic piano can be converted to a player piano with a little bit of work. Thinking about turning Grandma’s player piano into a Player Piano? Call Fort Bend Music Center today!