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)
DEPOSITS: The restoration of this instrument has not been completed. A 30% deposit is required on instruments pending restoration. This deposit holds the instrument and keeps it from being offered to another clients, and it also makes that piano’s restoration a priority. Once we complete the restoration, we invite the client to visit our shop to see and hear the piano. If the client is unable to visit our shop, we will send professional photos and videos of the piano for review. The client then has the option of paying the balance and purchasing the piano, transferring their balance to another piano in our shop, or getting a full refund for their deposit. The client is never at risk.
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SPECIFICATIONS
YEAR: 1893
FINISH: Mahogany
STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
DESCRIPTION

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.