Pianola [Aeolian]

The Aeolian Company, Manufacturer;  Chas. Begg and Company Limited, Distributor; 

Circa 1920s
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Maker and Role
The Aeolian Company, Manufacturer
Chas. Begg and Company Limited, Distributor
Production Date
Circa 1920s
This instrument is best described as a self-playing piano. The notes to be played are represented by tiny perforations on interchangeable rolls of paper, while the player mechanism is powered entirely by suction, generated by the operation of two foot pedals. The operator, or 'pianolist', achieves dynamic shading of the music by varying the degree of pressure applied to the foot pedals. In addition, a set of hand-operated levers mounted just below the front of the keyboard provide accentuation, tempo control, activation of the sustain and soft pedals and selection of play and rewind modes. In the hands of an accomplished operator, a convincingly lifelike musical performance is achievable. Pianola is made of wood.
Processed Material/Metal
Signature/Marks and Type
Aeolian Pianola Printed
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Credit Line
The Aeolian Company et al. Circa 1920s. Pianola [Aeolian], 2006.340. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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