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

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

by Arthur Hume
 
THE ERA OF THE SELFPLAYING OR AUTOMATIC PIANO EMBRACED THE FIRST THREE DECADES OF THE 20TH CENTURY. PIANOPLAYING CABINETS WERE FOLLOWED BY THE PNEUMATIC PLAYERPIANO, 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.

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THE ERA OF THE SELFPLAYING OR AUTOMATIC PIANO EMBRACED THE FIRST THREE DECADES OF THE 20TH CENTURY. PIANOPLAYING CABINETS WERE FOLLOWED BY THE PNEUMATIC PLAYERPIANO, 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 SOUGHTAFTER 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 WORLDRENOWNED AUTHORITY ON MECHANICAL MUSIC AND ITS INSTRUMENTS, RELATES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AUTOMATIC PIANO FROM THE SPRINGPOWERED DULCIMERPLAYING MUSICAL CLOCKS OF THE 16TH CENTURY THROUGH THE ONCEPOPULAR BARRELPLAYING 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 DRAWINGROOM. THE INVENTORS, THEIR PERPETUAL QUEST FOR PERFECTION, AND THEIR SUCCESSES AND FAILURES ARE RELATED IN THIS NEW AND FULLYILLUSTRATED HISTORY. JUST HOW THE AUTOMATIC PIANO WORKS IS DESCRIBED IN BOTH WORDS AND THE AUTHOR'S OWN CLEAR LINEDRAWINGS, TOGETHER WITH 603 B/W AND 43 FULL COLOUR PHOTOS. ALSO, A GUIDE TO SERVICING, MAINTAINING, AND PLAYING PLAYER PIANOS AND THE MAGNIFICENT AEOLIAN ORCHESTRELLE ROLLPLAYING REED ORGAN IS INCLUDED. ILLUSTRATED APPENDICES INCLUDE A LIST OF MAKERS, BRANDNAMES, AND A MODERNDAY VALUATION GUIDE.

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ISBN-13:
9780764320248
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.65(d)

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