Differences Between Modern and Antique Player Pianos

Modern and antique player pianos

Player pianos have existed since the late 1800s and have advanced with technology over time. Today, there are two main kinds of player pianos: modern electric ones and antique pneumatic ones. 

Modern electric player pianos use electronic sensors and solenoids to manage the keys and pedals, while antique pneumatic ones use a complex air pressure system for the same purpose. Modern electric player pianos feature a digital interface, providing better control and customization of the music, while antique pneumatic pianos depend on paper rolls with punched holes to control the notes.

The appearance of these pianos is quite distinct. Antique pneumatic player pianos feature a classic, elaborate design common in late 19th and early 20th-century pianos. In contrast, modern electric player pianos have a more streamlined, contemporary look that fits well with today’s styles.

The key differences between modern electric and antique pneumatic player pianos are the technology used to control keys and pedals, sound production, and physical appearance. While both types offer unique advantages, antique pneumatic pianos are valued for their authentic sound and classic design, while modern electric pianos provide greater control and customization options.

At Clare’s Player Pianos, we specialize in restoring and repairing antique pneumatic player pianos, ensuring they can create beautiful music for future generations.

Additionally, we’re certified to install and maintain the QRS PNOmation system, the top choice for converting your regular piano into a modern player piano.

You can reach us at (210) 593-8329 or request a quote here.

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