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Player piano

This particular self-playing pianola is also known as a ‘Player-Piano’; although it can be played as a regular piano, it has an internal player mechanism which holds a reel of perforated paper. The pianist must pump the pedals to make the mechanism ‘read’ the holes in the paper, and play the corresponding music. The final effect is as though a ghost is playing the piano, as the keys move without seemingly being touched.

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    John Broadwood & Sons [Corporation]
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    National Trust, Sunnycroft
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    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Repository:National Trust, Sunnycroft