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Steinway & Sons Style XR Duo-Art Reproducing Player Grand Piano

Steinway Duo-Art Reproducing Grand Pianos were the most technologically advanced player pianos built during the early 20th Century.

$75,000
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
For Sale
Specifications
  • YEAR: 1927
  • LENGTH: 6 feet, 0 inches
  • FINISH: Walnut
  • STATUS: Restored
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The Reproducing Player Grand Piano was the most technologically advanced form of home entertainment during the early 20thCentury.  Designed to reproduce a live performance, these instruments could mimic every nuance of a real pianist, giving the illusion of a true live performance in real time!  Although these instruments are designed to play by themselves, they can be played manually by hand as well.  There is no difference playing a Reproducing Player Grand Piano by hand.

This beautiful instrument is a Steinway Model “XR” (Expression Reproducer) in beautiful walnut wood.  The perforated music roll is located behind the keyboard cover and the operating controls including off/on switch, rewind/play, speed/tempo, etc. are located below the keyboard cleverly concealed behind a pivoting key-slip panel.  Although the piano does have an original electric motor, the motor simply drives a vacuum system which operates the entire instrument.

These instruments would have cost as much as $3,500+ new in the 1920s, the cost of a small house!  Luckily, these Duo-Art piano rolls are still being produced with a good variety of music still available. 

The ultimate home entertainment system of the Gatsby age, these rare pianos were only afforded by the very wealthy and were built in small numbers.  They are quite rare today.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

19th Century Steinway Advertisements 19th Century Advertisements For Steinway & Sons Piano Company
20th Century Steinway Advertisements 20th Century Advertisements For The Steinway & Sons Piano Company
Steinway & Sons Catalog 1881 Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog. Circa 1881
Steinway & Sons Catalog 1882

Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog. Circa 1882

Steinway & Sons Catalog 1901 Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1901
Steinway & Sons Catalog 1927 Spanish Language Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1927
Steinway & Sons Catalog 1929 Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog. Circa 1929
Steinway & Sons Catalog 1936 Steinway & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1936
Steinway Factory Picture 19th Century Lithograph Of Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, New York
Steinway Newspaper Article Mid 19th Century Newspaper Article About Steinway & Sons, Circa 1862
Steinway Showroom Advertisement 19th Century engraving showing the Steinway & Sons New York warerooms as they appeared during the Civil War era.

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