Aeolian Co. Pianola Model Piano Player


This piano player model was made by Aeolian Co. in New York, New York, 1897.

According to the accession paperwork, this instrument was the original pianola model, subsequently manufactured as the first practical pneumatic and marketable piano player. This piano player can accommodate 58 note paper rolls and is pedal operated. Edwin Votey is attributed as the inventor for this instrument. The patent for this pneumatic piano attachment, or pianola, was originally filed in 1897 and then renewed in 1900. U.S. Patent #650285, dated May 22, 1900.

Date Made: 1897

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Related Publication: Densmore, Frances. Handbook of the Collection of Musical Instruments in the United States National Museum.

Credit Line: Gift of The Aeolian Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.324741Accession Number: 69233Catalog Number: 324741

Object Name: piano player

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 45 1/2 in x 44 in x 23 in; 115.57 cm x 111.76 cm x 58.42 cm


Record Id: nmah_605772

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