How a Player Piano Works
amazing | engineering | mechanical | musical instruments | pianos | pneumatic | vintage | March 29, 2023
Player pianos have been around since the 1890s. Modern models use electronics and servos, but vintage ones use a pedal-powered pneumatic system that forces air through holes in the music roll, actuating pushrods that move its hammers. Chris Plaola shows off an example of this Victorian-era engineering genius.