Season 22 of The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Presents: Wes Anderson (BCHS): “A History and Demonstration of the Pianola” 7 p.m. Thursday, October 20 at the Barnes County Museum.
A “Pianola” (player piano) is a self-playing piano, containing a pneumatic (vacuum) mechanism, which drives the action of the piano via programmed music recorded on perforated paper. The rise of the player piano increased with the rise of the production piano for the home, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sales peaked in 1924, then declined, as the improvement in phonograph recordings due to electrical recording methods developed in the mid-1920s. The advent of electrical amplification in home music reproduction via radio during the same period contributed to their eventual decline in popularity, and the stock market crash of 1929 all but wiped out production. (Wikipedia)