In regard to your article “Day of the Player Piano” in the May/June issue, while Mr. Fox mentions that “rolls for the pianos have been manufactured continuously since the 1890s,” he makes no mention of the fact that player pianos themselves are still being manufactured.
We purchased a new one four years ago; it plays rolls electrically and by foot pedal and can play a wonderful honky-tonk sound as well as the normal piano tones. It has been a tremendous source of entertainment for us and for our guests. People do still like to gather around a piano and sing.
The player piano was made by Aeolian Pianos, Inc., of Memphis, Tennessee. Rolls feature not only music of bygone eras but modern show tunes and rock ’n’ roll as well.