Artwork : ArchiveNo00008

Piano 1910






Contributor Name Portsmouth City Museum
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Location Old Portsmouth
Collection Date 11.10.06
Artefact Name Piano
Artefact Description A pianola - a piano that can play its own tunes.
Made by A Burnand. Mahogany veneer. Heart logo painted on the front of the object. Poor condition.
Artefact Date 1910
Artefact Stored Museum store
Artefact Form 0008_piano.jpg
Artefact Image 008.jpg
Sample Taken Dust from the interior
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History of Artefact The player mechanism was powered entirely by suction, generated by the operation of two foot treadles, while tiny perforations on small paper rolls represented the notes to be played. The tracker bar, a pneumatic reading device over which the roll was transported, had a row of equally spaced holes; one for each note. A music roll perforation passing over the tracker bar caused a valve to open, which in turn triggered a pneumatic motor. The latter operated a felt covered wooden finger, pressing the corresponding note on the piano keyboard.
Historian Rosalinda Hardiman
Previous Owners Unknown
Special Memories

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