Articles

The Centenary of the Duo-Art

The Centenary of the Duo-Art

Posted on 10th Mar 2014 by Patrick Handscombe

The First Announcement of the Duo-Art Pianola piano: ... read more »

The North Tonawanda Pianolin

The North Tonawanda Pianolin

Posted on 22nd Nov 2012 by Nicholas Simons

We are all familiar with the basic player piano, using conventional bellows feeders, paper roll music, pouch operated valves of both primary and secondary variety, and suction pneumatics which operate the piano action. ... read more »

Star of the moment - Lemuel Fowler

Star of the moment - Lemuel Fowler

Posted on 15th Nov 2012 by Mick Hamer

In August 1923 QRS launched its rolls on the race market in earnest. Newspapers in Baltimore, Chicago and New York carried adverts proclaiming that "seven well-known Negro composer-pianists have been added to the QRS ... read more »

The love that dare not speak its name?

The love that dare not speak its name?

Posted on 1st Nov 2011 by Peter Davis

The Yamaha Disklavier My first encounter with a Yamaha Disklavier came at a social meeting with Gladys Harris in 1989. It was black, glossy and upright and made by Yamaha. Despite being advised by our host to "clear ... read more »

The History of Player Piano

The History of Player Piano

Posted on 1st Dec 2005 by The Player Piano Group

The idea of automatic musical devices can be traced back many centuries. The idea of using pinned barrels to operate percussion mechanisms (such as striking bells in a clock) was perfected long before the invention ... read more »

The Reproducing Piano

The Reproducing Piano

Posted on 1st Dec 2005 by The Player Piano Group

These are player pianos that contain additional mechanisms to automatically recreate pre-programmed musical dynamics encoded onto their music rolls. The rolls and mechanisms endeavour to reproduce the effect of a live ... read more »

On Playing the "Pianola"

On Playing the "Pianola"

Posted on 1st Dec 2005 by Reginald Reynolds

This article appeared both in 'The appreciation of music by means of the "Pianola" and "Duo-Art"' by Percy A. Scholes, Oxford University Press, 1925, and as a separate booklet by the Aeolian Company to accompany the ... read more »

What is a Player Piano?

Posted on 1st Dec 2005 by The Player Piano Group

What is a Player Piano? Have you ever listened to a pianist and thought to yourself "I wish I could play like that"? With a player piano you can play like that. It allows anyone to be a musician without first ... read more »

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Advance Notice: 2017 AGM

2017 AGM at Madingley Hall

Saturday 17 June 2017

5th Feb 2017

For sale: a collection of Duo-Art and other rolls

Collection of original Duo-Art rolls for sale

Duo-Art and F.I.R.S.T. rolls for sale

3rd Dec 2016