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'Aeolian Pianola' player piano made by Aeolian

The Mastertouch Piano Roll Company was established in 1919 in Sydney and manufactured and sold piano rolls until its closure on 1 July 2005. It is highly significant both to the state of New South Wales and Australia as a whole as the longest running and only piano roll manufacturer to be operating in the country. It was also only one of two remaining large scale piano roll manufacturers in the world, the other being QRS in the USA and the only one to maintain a traditional method of …


Object No.


Object Statement

Piano player, 'Aeolian Pianola', wood / metal, made by Aeolian, United States of America, 1903-1906

Physical Description

Piano player, 'Aeolian Pianola', wood / metal, made by Aeolian, United States of America, 1903-1906

'Push-up' piano player for 65 notes in polished timber case. Curved topped model with Metrostyle and Themodist functions. Central upper panel lifts to reveal music roll spools. Under side of panel has model name and functions written in gold but with central wording worn away. Two pedals maked with a "P" for Pianola. Rear has row of "fingers" for playing piano keyboard in upper section. Rear lower section is stepped.


Serial number on reverse of player, '42225'.
Manufacturer and brand details underneath lid, printed in gold 'MET[]TYLE / PIANOLA / THE[ ]IST. / ALL []'



965 mm


1200 mm


480 mm



Part of the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company's collection of keyboard instruments.


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mr Barclay Wright, 2006
Acquired with the assistance of the NSW Heritage Office

Acquisition Date

19 November 2006

Cite this Object


'Aeolian Pianola' player piano made by Aeolian 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 November 2022, <>


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