Aeolian Grand Model Player Reed Organ

Exceedingly rare Aeolian "Grand" model player reed organ in elaborate mahogany cabinet

$18,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
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Specifications
  • YEAR: 1893
  • FINISH: Mahogany
  • STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
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The Aeolian Grand Player Reed Organ was the first keyboard-type player reed organ to be sold in quantity. The firm that produced this organ was originally known as the “Mechanical Orguinette Company”, and then later changed to the “Aeolian Organ & Music Company”, then ultimately “Aeolian”. This organ was the first instrument in the Aeolian line to play their expanded 58 note perforated music roll.

This would have been one of the earliest types of pneumatically operated automatic musical instruments ever produced, and was the forerunner of the 20th Century player piano as we know it. These instruments were most popular in the 1890’s era, and were all but extinct by the first decade of the 20th Century due to the popularity of the player piano.

This organ has been very well preserved, and is in very good original condition. Note the beautifully carved cabinet and elaborate fretwork. It will be a true showpiece after total restoration. These organs are of museum caliber, and deserve the finest restoration and preservation possible. A matching stool is included.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

Aeolian Advertisements Here are a few trade cards and advertisements from the Aeolian Co, circa 1900-1920. Most of these show their Pianola Player Pianos from the era.
Aeolian Player Organ Advertisement Turn-Of-The-Century Advertisement Featuring The Aeolian Player Reed Organ
Aeolian Sales Catalog 1925

Illustrated Aeolian Sales Catalog Featuring Wheelock, Stroud and Duo-Art Pianos, Circa 1925

Aeolian-Weber Pianola Catalog

This is an early 20th Century catalog showing the Weber Pianola player piano offered by the Aeolian Company.

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$18,000 After Total Restoration
1893 | Sold