In early part of the 1900's the player piano was the main form of entertainment in the family home.
There were hundreds of thousands of players brought into Australia in the early 1900's. Most of these are still in houses somewhere, no longer working. Some are suitable for rebuilding, some are not. Put simply, a fully re built player piano is a magnificent acquisition and generally speaking as pianos, are of a high quality when restored. It is only a matter of a generation from now when there will no longer be technicians available with the knowledge to perform this work. Restoring player pianos involves the following:
- Restoration of the piano action
- Restoration of the top player action
- Restoration of the bellows
- Restoration of the cabinet
To complete a full restoration involves an enormous amount of time and effort but can be very rewarding in the end.